Ubuntu 9.10 Released
The Ubuntu Linux distribution has received a major update today. Ubuntu 9.10, code named Karmic Koala, has been officially released. This version introduces Canonical's new Ubuntu One synchronization service, including support for synchronizing contacts from the Evolution mail application and notes from Tomboy and a number of other improvements. Users can activate the Ubuntu One service by launching it from the Applications menu in the GNOME panel. The new version introduces several significant new features and will deliver the latest version of the GNOME desktop environment and other applications.
The new version of Ubuntu also offers an improved startup experience with new artwork and significantly improved boot performance. Ubuntu 9.10 has a new framework for programmers called Quickly that will automatically generate code templates to help get application development up and running faster. GNOME 2.28, the latest version of the GNOME desktop environment, brings some nice enhancements to Ubuntu 9.10. This is the first version of Ubuntu to include GNOME's Empathy instant messaging client and overhauled audio preferences tool. Empathy has support for voice and video chat, Adium themes, and a number of other features.
Other important upstream software shipped with Ubuntu 9.10 includes version 2.6.31 of the Linux kernel and Firefox 3.5, which adds new features like private browsing mode and support for the HTML 5 video element. The Ubuntu development community has also released updated versions of the Ubuntu server and netbook editions along with a number of other variants such as KDE-based Kubuntu.
For more details, view the feature tour. The official release notes are here.