Ubuntu's Karmic Koala Alpha 4 arrives
The fourth development release of the next version of Ubuntu 9.10, codenamed Karmic Koala, has been announced by the developers. The new release includes the first images of the operating system suitable to run on the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC) or on Amazon's EC2 cloud. UEC is based on Eucalyptus, an API compatible, open source implementation, of Amazon's EC2 cloud system. The Alpha 4 release also includes the Ubuntu One file sharing service as a default, allowing users to synchronise files between Ubuntu systems. As with the other alpha releases, packages have been updated to latest versions, for example, the kernel is now based on Linux 2.6.31-rc5.
The Alpha 4 release includes images for Ubuntu desktop and server, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu Studio and Mythbuntu as well as the UEC images. As with all alpha releases, the system is not recommended for production or daily use and is aimed at developers who want to help debug or enhance the distribution. The Release notes list the changes in Karmic Koala. The desktop, server, netbook remix and other images are available to download from the Ubuntu site. The next alpha version is due on the 3rd of September, heading towards a final release of Ubuntu 9.10 on the 29th of October.
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