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Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala Scurries Into the Wild

Gordon Kelly


Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala Scurries Into the Wild

Time for more adorable alliteration (see what I did there?)...

Canonical has today launched the latest edition of its popular Ubuntu platform, version 9.10 codenamed 'Karmic Koala'. It follows on from April's 'Jaunty Jackalope' and last October's 'Intrepid Ibex' (you get the idea).

Despite the 9.10 naming Koala is the tenth release of the distribution and its focus this time around is on speed and integration. Given it is the current fad, boot time is where Canonical says users will most notice the difference most though it doesn't go as far as to suggest how much proportionately quicker it will be.

More quantifiable are a revamped audio framework with the handy ability to control sound across multiple applications and better 3G broadband dongle support - a long time quibble in the package. As part of the '100 Paper Cuts' initiative organised with the Ubuntu Community, Canonical has also made over 50 fixes for user's most nominated minor annoyances. In addition, 'Ubuntu One' is now a standard part of the desktop bringing a suite of online services including backup, sync and file sharing tools and Firefox 3.5 is installed as standard.

"Ubuntu 9.10 gives users more reasons than ever to seriously consider Linux at a time when many are thinking again about their operating system options," said Canonical COO Jane Silber. "We are delivering a platform for users interested in an easy-to-use, great-looking, web-friendly operating system. A faster, more beautiful boot and login sequence, file and contact synchronisation through online services and great experiences on the most popular notebook, desktop and netbook models continue to drive Ubuntu into the mainstream of computing choices."

Endorsement for Ubuntu amongst the Linux community is generally widespread (despite their infamous infighting) and it has some support from PC distros. Interestingly, a 'Netbook Remix' of Ubuntu will also be made available and given the platform's undeniably lightweight nature this could prove a real boon to users struggling with the performance of their Windows build.

Ubuntu 9.10 can be downloaded and - as with all Ubuntu releases - it is completely free.




October 29, 2009, 9:48 pm

Really excited about this. Anything to stay clear of MS..

p.s You seem to have mixed 9.04 and 9.10 in the main area of the article.


October 29, 2009, 9:53 pm

@Fraxos - thanks. It's being one of those days!


October 29, 2009, 10:28 pm

Please do a review of the NBR - am keen to read your views, i love it, and want to see the NBR's profile raised!

Hans Gruber

October 29, 2009, 11:42 pm

No checksums for 9.10 yet then?



October 29, 2009, 11:49 pm

If you're missing icons in your Places and System menu after the upgrade (like I was), then be aware that this is new feature of Gnome. To re-enable them:

1. System > Preferences > Appearance

2. Go to the 'Interface' tab.

3. Check "Show Icons In Menus".

Thanks go to: http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/200...


October 30, 2009, 12:07 am

Looking forward to your review on this. This could be what my 5 year old laptop has been waiting for.


October 30, 2009, 12:38 am

has anyone used this system? Can u create dual-boot alongside win7? Howz the drivers compatibility issues?

would like to try it on my netbook


October 30, 2009, 4:05 am

I don't think Trusted Reviews have reviewed a Linux distribution before? I wonder if that's because of the small market share, or if there are other reasons. Ubuntu 9.10 would be a good place to start I think.


October 30, 2009, 12:01 pm

@xbrumster yes you can I'm doing exactly that on 3 laptops, one of which is a Samsung NC10 Netbook.

hopefully you've already partitioned the drive. I did run into a slight caveat which was I wanted my partition in ext3 formated to a 128 bit inode count so the ext2IFS program on windows can see the linux partition. The program does not support the newer ext4 system.Ubuntu can read ntfs windows drives easily, but not the other way around. But if you're not cared the installer even picks up that windows 7 is already installed and the one option is to install side by side.

If you want to know more about how to get things working via the ext2ifs and I'll post another comment with instructions.


October 30, 2009, 2:57 pm

@xbrumster, yes i also do this on one of my laptops, (i dual boot with WinXP actually). If you want to test it out for a while, there is a really simple and fantastic option called 'Wubi'. It comes as a standard part of any Ubuntu disc image, so download 9.10, burn the ISO to a disc, and then simply run the disc whilst in Windows. Select the 'Wubi' installer and follow the on-screen instructions, and within 20 minutes or so you'll be able to restart your machine but have the option to boot in to Ubuntu or Windows. The significant advantages of doing this is 1) its simple 2) it's very easy to undo later (you just uninstall as you would any windows program). The downside is that because it's being done on NTFS it's not quite as quick, so you dont get the full speed benefits.

There is also the LiveCD option too that doesnt even install anything at all, but it is an even slower way of trying Ubuntu out.


October 30, 2009, 3:53 pm

@xbrumsrter As far as i remember setting up Ubuntu onto a machine that has Windows on is really easy and does all the partitioning for you as part of the set up.

Hans Gruber

October 30, 2009, 9:59 pm

Well the hashes for 9.10 are up now for anyone who cares.


October 31, 2009, 2:31 am

wow, great feedback thx guys. I'll give it a try on my netbook over the weekend and see how it goes. I find win7 get bloated over time and if I am only using it for the net, then Ubuntu is clearly a better choice.

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