The Ubuntu Linux distribution, code-named Karmic Koala is available in a beta version before its final release in October 29, 2009.
Recently, it was the distribution Ubuntu 10.04 or Lucid Lynx who was talking to her on the side of Canonical. But prior to this LTS scheduled for April 29, 2010 is the end of the month that Ubuntu 9.10 aka Karmic Koala is available. Mentioned several times in our columns, the distribution goes one step further with the publication of his only beta.
Ubuntu 9.10 is a base Linux kernel 2.6.31 with the kernel mode setting enabled to optimize the boot time and standby / back. The daemon / sbin / init has been replaced by Upstart manages the startup tasks and services during boot, stops at the closing and supervises while the system is running. A splash screen based on X has been built (xsplash) and Usplash disappeared (over progress bar during startup). Remember also that Ubuntu 9.10 takes advantage of the default boot loader GRUB 2 and filesystem ext4.
For the beta of Ubuntu 9.10, the GNOME desktop environment is now in its final version 2.28. An arrival on the desktop that takes place after entry identifiers via a GDM login manager has been completely rewritten. The Human theme has been redesigned and a new set of icons, Humanity, was built.
To manage the applications, the Ubuntu Software Center has been established with a graphical user interface in GTK +. Intended for installation, removal, upgrade software packages, it will be fully functional in replacing Ubuntu 10.04 in Synaptic, Gdebi.
The service file sharing Ubuntu One is present by default. It enables synchronization with other machines with the distribution. The server version includes images of virtual machines for use on Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud and Amazon EC2. The AppArmor security solution has been improved and new profiles are added.
Ubuntu 9.10 beta also comes in an edition with the desktop environment KDE 4.3.1 and Xfce 4.6.1.