Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala: Photo gallery

Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala: Photo gallery

Summary: Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala will be the distribution's eleventh release, and highlights include the addition of a new boot screen, an updated default theme, and the addition of the Ubuntu One service.

TOPICS: Open Source

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  • Finding software
    The search functionality works a lot better than in Synaptic.

    (Credit: Chris Duckett/ZDNet.com.au)

  • Codecs needed
    When Totem cannot find the proper GStreamer plug-ins to play a piece of media, a prompt is shown to install them — a good usability improvement.

    (Credit: Chris Duckett/ZDNet.com.au)

  • PulseAudio
    The sound applet has been updated to have per-application audio levels.

    (Credit: Chris Duckett/ZDNet.com.au)

Topic: Open Source


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  • 3G USB Support

    Unfortunately I had to fall back from Karmic Beta to Jaunty because of a bug that fixed access to the mass storage device in USB 3G dongles but dropped access to the serial device (modem). Hope they get it fixed in time for release
  • Swap space at end of disk?

    If installing to SSDs, swap space location is immaterial.

    However, on a HDD, the further the swap space is from the apps, the more time penalty it imposes, considering that when it is used, it imposes delays anyway.

    If a whole large partition is being used, it would be better to have swap near the start. If two, in the middle.