Ubuntu releases second alpha of Karmic Koala

By   |  June 12, 2009

The Ubuntu team this morning released a second alpha of the upcoming Karmic Koala operating system, also known as Ubuntu 9.10. While it is still early days for Karmic, this release does give some insight into plans for the final release, scheduled for October this year.

Major changes over previous editions of Ubuntu include Gnome 2.27.1, the latest development release, as well as the latest Linux kernel, version 2.6.30, which was released just a couple of days ago.

Just like Fedora 11, released earlier this week, Karmic Koala now also sports the ext4 filesystem by default, a move that has long been anticipated.

Also now included by default is GRUB 2, the new default bootloader.

With plans firmly in place to reach a 10-second startup by Ubuntu 10.4, Karmic includes a new kernel mode setting feature which the team is hoping will reduce video mode switching flicker at booting and dramatically speed up suspend and resume processes.

Karmic Koala Alpha 2 can be downloaded from one of these places:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/karmic/alpha-2/ (Ubuntu Desktop, Server, and Netbook Remix)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/karmic/alpha-2/ (Kubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/karmic/alpha-2/ (Xubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/netboot/karmic/alpha-2/ (Ubuntu ARM)

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9 Responses to “Ubuntu releases second alpha of Karmic Koala”

  1. habtool
    June 12th, 2009 @ 12:03 pm

    Thanks for the heads-up 😉

  2. slumbergod
    June 12th, 2009 @ 9:20 pm

    I hope for two things in the development cycle of koala:
    1. reviewers to be more critical. Jaunty was a dog if you happened to have an intel chipset, yet the majority of the reviews praised it as being fantastic.
    2. the development team don’t release an unstable mess like Jaunty. I wish they’d be more flexible on the release date so that koala is released when it is truly ready, not just because the official release date has been met

    These points said, I look forward to koala and hope it is everything jaunty isn’t :)

  3. Jon
    June 13th, 2009 @ 10:39 am

    jaunty works for me and millions other who are using it daily.

    If you any problem drop in at ubuntuforums.org

    Members are more than willing to resolve your problem.

  4. josh
    June 13th, 2009 @ 3:29 pm

    I agree jaunty hasn’t been entirely great, especially if you have a canon camera. You used to be able to access the photos like a removable device in the file browser(in 8.10), but now I have to start programs such as f-spot of picasa to load my photos which always take longer. I think they should be more flexible dates, have more release candidates for testing and encourage more experienced users to test on more and more different hardware. Maby they could have a month extra before the final release of purley testing and bug fixing so that releases were more stable. One thing I can say that is now stable and very good is the display and setting of xorg. On older versions you had to do alot of manual setup with xorg, but now its automatic.

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  9. cmltow
    July 6th, 2009 @ 10:53 pm

    @slumbergod: I agree. Jaunty has given me alot of crap. I pretty much live on ubunbtuforums since upgrading from Intrepid. I’m still having issues with frostwire and amule. Let’s hope Karmic is a little better. Ubuntu still blows Windows out of the water though, even with this buggy releases of Jaunty.

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