There are several new exciting features included in the latest beta version of Ubuntu which include:
Upstart – An event based replacement on how tasks and services are started during the boot process.
Boot Experience – Improvements on the overall look and feel of booting the system.
Software Center – Ubuntu 9.10 include the Ubuntu Software center, which replaces the Add/Remove in the applications menu.
GNOME – Ubuntu 9.10 includes GNOME 2.28 desktop environment which replaces Pigdin with Empathy as the default instant message client. In addition to that, the login manager has undergone a complete rewrite to permit a more integrated login experience.
More features include:
- Application development with Quickly
- Kubuntu 9.10 which is the first Kubuntu netbook release.
- Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud Images.
- Ubuntu One file sharing.
- Linux kernel 2.6.31
- hal deprecation.
- New Intel video driver architecture.
- ext4 by default.
- GRUB 2 by default.
- iSCSI installation
- New Profiles
- Uncomplicated Firewall
For the entire list of features read the Karmic Koala release page.
Ubuntu 9.10 Download Mirrors
- http://releases.ubuntu.com/releases/9.10/ (Ubuntu Desktop, Server, and Netbook Remix)
- http://uec-images.ubuntu.com/releases/9.10/ (Ubuntu Server for UEC and EC2)
- http://releases.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/9.10/ (Kubuntu Desktop and Netbook)
- http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/releases/9.10/beta/ (Edubuntu)
Upgrading from Ubuntu 9.04
To upgrade from Ubuntu 9.04 on a desktop system, press Alt+F2 and type in “update-manager -d” (without the quotes) into the command box. Update Manager should open up and tell you: New distribution release ‘9.10’ is available. Click Upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions.
To upgrade from Ubuntu 9.04 on a server system: install theupdate-manager-core package if it is not already installed; edit/etc/update-manager/release-upgrades and setPrompt=normal; launch the upgrade tool with the commandsudo do-release-upgrade -d; and follow the on-screen instructions.