Karmic Koala on the home stretch
Karmic Koala is on the home stretch: Keeping exactly to schedule, the developers made the release candidate of Ubuntu 9.10 available earlier today. As can be expected in the final development phase, the changes made since the release of the beta version three weeks ago mainly focus on fine-tuning and on including minor software updates.
Ubuntu 9.10 offers a new, more presentable boot screen and a standard desktop theme in very dark brown. By default, the system uses the Ext4 file system and the GRUB 2 boot manager. DeviceKit and udev have replaced HAL as the system's hardware interface. The boot system has largely been transitioned to Upstart. Kernel version 2.6.31 offers kernel-based mode setting, which allows the use of recent Intel graphics drivers – and should make the graphics issues in Ubuntu 9.04 a thing of the past. The AppArmor security extension offers protective profiles for a range of applications.
The new Software Center is designed to simplify adding applications; Ubuntu One installs a CouchDB in the background to synchronise local data with a server in the network. Home directories can now be created with eCryptfs encryption during installation. The final version is scheduled for release on the 29th of October.