Ubuntu releases second alpha of Karmic Koala
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/netboot/karmic/alpha-2/ (Ubuntu ARM)