Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 6 arrives
The Ubuntu developers have released the sixth alpha version of Ubuntu 9.10, Karmic Koala. The latest version of the operating system, due for release at the end of October, now incorporates an X-based splash screen as part of the faster booting enhancements and sees the first release of the Ubuntu Software Store application. The Ubuntu One file synchronisation service is also built in to this release.
On the desktop, which has been updated to GNOME 2.28 RC1, the indicator applet on the desktop now supports opening Empathy instant messaging and Evolution mail clients by clicking on it. The kernel has been updated to version 2.6.31-10.34 and is now based on the final version of the recently released Linux kernel 2.6.31. The KDE variant of Ubuntu, Kubuntu, has also had its KDE desktop updated to version 4.3.1 and has a number of updated applications and libraries incorporated.
The roadmap to Ubuntu 9.10's release is a beta release on October 1st, with a release candidate being made available on the 22nd, and a final release on the 29th. The alpha release though is not recommended for anyone who needs a stable system or who isn't comfortable with "occasional, even frequent breakage", and should not be used on production systems. Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 6 is available to download now.