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Ubuntu 9.10 to be named after an Australian sleepy marsupial
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Past versions of Ubuntu have been given names such as “Hoary Hedgehog” and “Feisty Fawn” but the next release will be given a distinctly Australian name.

The popular Linux distribution Ubuntu is known for creating some, shall we say, interesting names for each release with past versions being given names such as “Hoary Hedgehog,” “Feisty Fawn” and “Hardy Herron.” It looks like they will continue this trend with this October's 9.10 release that will be called “Karmic Koala.”

Yes, you read that correctly, the next version of Ubuntu will be named after a sleepy Australian marsupial. This announcement has dashed the hopes of some who were gunning for names such as “King Kong” or “Kinky Kangaroo.”

[Image: Karmic-Koala.jpg]

In the announcement made by Mark Shuttleworth (Ubuntu's Self-Appointed Benevolent Dictator for Life), he outlines some of the new features of Ubuntu 9.10 along with a few extra tidbits of information.

For the server crowd, Karmic Koala will include many new features including implementations of Amazon's EC2 APIs and some nice additions to Eucalyptus, a cloud computing infrastructure. These additions will allow for anyone to easily create their own cloud with advanced features using free, open-source software.

On the desktop side, the focus will be on the user experience, specifically the overall look of the operating system and great support for netbooks.

We’re eagerly following the development of kernel mode setting, which promises a smooth and flicker-free startup. We’ll consider options like Red Hat’s Plymouth, for graphical boot on all the cards that support it. We made a splash years ago with Usplash, but it’s time to move to something newer and shinier. So the good news is, boot will be beautiful. The bad news is, you won’t have long to appreciate it! It only takes 35 days to make a whole Koala, so we think it should be possible to bring up a stylish desktop much faster. The goal for Jaunty on a netbook is 25 seconds, so let’s see how much faster we can get you all the way to a Koala desktop. We’re also hoping to deliver a new login experience that complements the graphical boot, and works well for small groups as well as very large installations.

Mark also mentions a “new look,” something that many users have been wanting for quite a while. He does not elaborate, but simply says to attend the next Ubuntu Developer Summit for a preview.

Whatever the final decision is, the new look will be a very friendly one if it is similar to some of the previous user-submitted designs. For now, though, we will just have to wait to find out more details.

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