You’ve Seen What The Jackalope is Like; Now Discover The Karmic Koala

It has only been a few days when Ubuntu 9.04 aka the Jaunty Jackalope was released. We appraised it on Techie Buzz and it got some cracking reviews from the community.

Sporting a polished interface with many new goodies, Ubuntu Jaunty was more about betterments than new startling innovations. With each new each new version, Ubuntu gets better. Jaunty did just that.

Following Ubuntu’s 6 month release cycle, the next Ubuntu release after 9.04 will be Ubuntu 9.10 which has been named as Karmic Koala. It will succeed Ubuntu 9.04 and improvise on the features introduced by it.


A Wild Koala ( © by DisenchantedPhotos )

If you didn’t like JJ you’ll probably like KK, you know, it probably gets better every time. Though we have about six months left for the release, it’s always interesting to know what’s in store for the future.

The Desktop & Netbook

Following what came with Jaunty, the desktop version of 9.10 will feature even faster boot times. Yes, even faster than 17.5 seconds, plans Mark Shuttleworth. Adopting to what Red Hat always had, the Ubuntu team is plans to incorporate a graphical boot (no more usplash) supported by all video cards. They are also focusing hard on netbook support as well as their netbook edition for low powered netbooks which will now support a larger range of netbooks available in the market.

Ubuntu may make an exception as the team claims that the netbook edition is so built that it would boot in 25 seconds. Now that’s a netbook! For both the desktop and netbook release, the dev team is considering a change from the classic brown shade in the default theme Human’. The brown theme has been there since the beginning and is one thing that people are tired of in Ubuntu. Well, now they can have a new shiny and snappy theme and they can rule the world with it.

The Server

Further expanding the cloud computing features that came with Jaunty Jackalope, Ubuntu is now adapting to the Eucalyptus project which will further allow people to create and deploy their own clouds by using simple tools. It will enable webmasters to create an Amazon EC2-style cloud in your own data center, on your own hardware. Mark Shuttleworth notes:

It’s no coincidence that Eucalyptus has just been uploaded to universe and will be part of Jaunty – during the Karmic cycle we expect to make those clouds dance, with dynamically growing and shrinking resource allocations depending on your needs.

Apparently, amongst other features, 9.10 will probably sport a new Gnome version and X.Org server for better hardware support.

Flavors of Ubuntu like Kubuntu and Xubuntu will feature the above though they will also come with their own specific additions like an updated KDE 4.3 for Kubuntu which is gaining popularity these days. We all have our eyes set on the Koala for its ambition to take over OSX in design (and pwn Windows for everything and anything)

Release Cycle

You can follow the release cycle for Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala to keep a tab on its progress.

May 14th, 2009 – Alpha 1 release
June 11th, 2009 – Alpha 2 release
July 23th, 2009 – Alpha 3 release
August 13th, 2009 – Alpha 4 release
September 3rd, 2009 – Alpha 5 release
September 17th, 2009 – Alpha 6 release
October 1st, 2009 – Beta release
October 22nd, 2009 – Release Candidate
October 29th, 2009 – Final release of Ubuntu 9.10

Just wait a fortnight and we’ll see what’s in for surprise with the first alpha releasing.

Moreover, if you live in Barcelona or just need an excuse to travel there, you have a great opportunity to attend the Ubuntu Developer Summit which is going to be held there this May. You can look forward to some insights into the development of Koala and enjoy a first look for things coming with it.

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Keshav Khera

Keshav Khera is a young freelance writer from India. Alongside writing for the web, he also attends school and tries not to bunk classes. He keeps interest in music, table tennis, reading and of course, twitter (@keshav)