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Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 1 Released: The Karmic Koala Chronicles

May 15, 2009, 12:03 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marius Nestor)

"As the development team did not prepare a Live CD for this first alpha version of Ubuntu 9.10, we had to install the Alternate edition. As you can see from the screenshots below, there's nothing new on the surface... the same wallpaper, same GNOME version as in Ubuntu 9.04. We've noticed that the "About Ubuntu" entry from the System menu dissapeared. Under the hood, some of the packages were updated, while most are the same builds as the ones in Jaunty Jackalope.

"The kernel packages are at version 2.6.30-5.6, based on Linux kernel 2.6.30 RC5, and OpenOffice.org was updated to version 3.1.0. In Ubuntu 9.10, HAL (the Hardware Abstraction Layer) will be replaced by the new DeviceKit-power and udev-extras, for power management and Fn key maps on laptops. Last but not least, in order to repair the "Intel issues" from Ubuntu 9.04, the Intel video driver will be switched from the old (but stable) EXA acceleration method to the new (still in development) UXA acceleration method. Oh, and EXT3 is still the default filesystem and GCC 4.4 is now the default compiler."

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