The Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala Release Candidate has been released and is available for download. In addition to the GNOME version of Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu Studio, and Mythbuntu versions have also been released. Anticipation continues to build for next weeks’ release of the Ubuntu 9.10 stable version which will provide significant improvements and updates to the popular Ubuntu Linux desktop.
Here are some Ubuntu 9.10 tutorials published at BeginLinux recently.
I’ve posted a short video walk-through of the new Ubuntu 9.10 Software Center. The Software Center will replace Add/Remove applications in the final release of Ubuntu 9.10.
Inside the Ubuntu Software Center users will see Get Free Software and Installed Software options. If Get Free Software is selected users can choose from packages broken down into categories or departments for ease of use. A filter field is also available in the top right corner. After packages are selected details about the package and expandable screenshots for each package is shown. This is in my opinion on of the biggest advantages of the Software Center over Add/Remove applications setup. If Installed Software is selected from the column on the left users will see an alphabetical list of software packages installed. Selecting a package wil result in details, screenshot and a button to remove the package.
After packages have been either added or removed the In Progress selection appears along with Get Free Software and Installed Software options on the left. With In Progress selected on the left users can see the current status of packages whether they are downloading, being installed or removed. I was skeptical of the Software Center at first but it does have some bright spots that, I think, make it worth the change. What do you think? Ubuntu Software Center or Add/Remove Applications.
One thing that I look forward to each time a new distro is released is the artwork, theme and overall graphical setup of each distro. As Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala matures we are getting closer and closer to seeing the default desktop, theme, splash screen and other graphical enhancements. In April, many Ubuntu users were caught off guard when the Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope default background did not feature the animal it was nicknamed after as some of the earlier Ubuntu releases did. This only added more excitement and uncertainty to the Ubuntu beta and RC releases which often contain the graphical changes included in the final release. Although the default graphical appearance shouldn’t be a deal-breaker when choosing a Linux distribution, for many people it’s just that. Make sure you’re choosing a Linux distro based on its features and compatibility with your hardware. A theme is secondary.
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I came across a firestorm of Twitter updates claiming new changes to the Ubuntu 9.10 theme selection were available. After a closer look I was excited to see several themes community themes are available. The “Community-themes” package includes 4 new themes Turrican, Hanso, Impression, and Kin. If that’s not enough 2 new icon sets are also included. Looks like Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala is going to be all dressed up.
These themes are not set in stone but seem to be headed in the same direction as the Wave and Dust themes that were accepted for Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope. I am excited for user input, screenshots, and to see the final look of Ubuntu 9.10.
Here are my two favorites out of the new Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala themes.
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