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What's New In Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala"

Oct 22, 2009, 20:02 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christer Edwards)

[ Thanks to Ramsai for this link. ]

"Upstart
The first new technology that I would like to outline is called Upstart. I thought it was fitting to outline this feature first because it is integral within the boot process. Without the improvements in Upstart, Ubuntu would not be able to boot as fast as it currently does. Upstart has been used, incrementally, in Ubuntu since version 6.10 but with Ubuntu 9.10 it has made the transition complete. Without going into too much detail, Upstart was designed to replace the aging System-V init system that is commonly found on Linux distributions...

"XSplash
Ubuntu has also made another big change to the boot process with XSplash. XSplash is replacing the previous USplash, which was known to cause issues. I have noticed that XSplash seems faster, as well as addressing the compatibility issues caused by its predecessor. I think you'll also enjoy the new bootup graphic. This is another step towards Ubuntus goal of a ten-second boot process by Ubuntu 10.04, which is due out in April of 2010...

"EXT4 Filesystem
The previous version of Ubuntu, version 9.04, offered the ext4 filesystem as an option, but not as a default. After six-months of testing and stabilization I am also happy to announce that ext4 will be enabled by default in Ubuntu 9.10."

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