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Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala Officially Released

Ubuntu 9.10, the Karmic Koala, has been in Beta, Alpha, then as a Realease Candidate. Today Thursday October 29th 2009 was announced that Ubuntu 9.10, the Karmic Koala, is Officially Released.

This release can be downloaded from the main website: http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download.

You can choose what suits you best, i.e. you can choose Desktop Edition or Server Edition, 32-bit version or 64-bit version. And if you intend to to upgrade from Ubuntu 9.04 you can download the so called Alternative Distribution.

Ubuntu 9.10 Highlights

Major improvements have been made to this newly released distribution with many worthy added features:

Upstart: Upstart is an event-based replacement for the /sbin/init daemon handling the start services during boot, stopping them during shutdown and monitoring them while the system is running. , for more details: http://upstart.ubuntu.com/

Linux kernel 2.6.31: One of the great thing of this kernel version is the Kernel Mode-Setting (KMS) which has a positive impact on the overall performance.

GNOME 2.28: Ubuntu 9.10 is one of the first distributions that to be shipped with Gnome 2.28. This version of Gnome has major improvements with many new added features. So, Ubuntu 9.10 will have an impressive graphical effects!

EXT4 filesystem: Ext4 was optionally offered in Ubuntu 9.04 now it’s the default in this release.

AppArmor: It is a Mandatory Access Control application, for more details here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AppArmor

XSplash: XSplash is replacing the previous USplash. It’s one of the contributers in improving the booting performance.

Other Impressive Features: Ubuntu One, Ubuntu Software Center, New Disk Utility, XZ compression, New software development tool, Better support for Intel graphics cards. and the many of them have been added.

So, what are you waiting for?? you go and upgrade your current Ubuntu or you’d better try if you haven’t yet!! Ubuntu has been the major buzz amongst other distributions!

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