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The Ubuntu Karmic Koala 9.10 review post

Here we’ll post all of the reviews of Ubuntu 9.10 for your easy reading. Have fun! So far articles from The Guardian, Computerworld, Lockergnome, ExtremeTech, IT News, Linuxforyou, The Inquirer, TechCentral, The Globe and Mail, PCMag, Gadgetmix, ITPro, Computer Weekly, LinuxPlanet, LinuxInsider and Ars Technica.

The Guardian:
For those not that tied into the Windows world, Ubuntu is worth a look for people looking for an alternative.

Computerworld:
And, make no mistake about it, Ubuntu 9.10 is a great desktop distribution, but that’s not what Canonical, Ubuntu’s parent company, is focusing on with this release and the next, long-term support version, which will follow this one.

Lockergnome:
If I were going solely by Ubuntu’s own press, it would appear that there is precious little reason to upgrade. Since it’s my chosen flavor, I’m giving it a shot.

James Ward:
Overall I really appreciate any steps that Linux takes towards being a more viable Windows / Mac alternative.

IT News:
The new (temporary) Ubuntu theme may not win any awards, the boot experience is inconsistent, but the new features and included community themes are all fantastic.

EctremeTech:
Ubuntu Linux 9.10 is well worth upgrading to if you’re running an earlier version of Ubuntu. I look forward to seeing the various remastered versions of Ubuntu switch to it.

Dan Lynch:
I’m impressed with Karmic, it’s a very solid release with some nice improvements over Jaunty. The Software Centre is a great addition and I hope it will be pushed up stream to the likes of Debian.

Michael Dabydeen:
The final assessment, is that Ubuntu has developed a great peice of software that a regular non-techie user can use with very little trouble.

Linuxforyou:
So, with this version does Ubuntu live up to it’s name of one of the most popular distributions? It certainly does and this version is certainly worth the upgrade for current Ubuntu users, especially those plagued by poor graphics drivers for Intel cards in the Jaunty release.

The inquirer:
Overall, although Ubuntu appears well polished on the surface, it doesn’t have the solid feel, depth of integration and finesse that one can discern in some other Linux distributions such as Mandriva, with which I’m more familiar.

Tech Central:
Finally, even if you accept the premise that Apple’s products are better, a large number of users will likely be more than satisfied with a less expensive, equally powerful, and more open Ubuntu alternative.

PCMag.com:
Ubuntu Linux 9.10 is well worth upgrading to if you’re running an earlier version of Ubuntu. I look forward to seeing the various remastered versions of Ubuntu switch to it.

The Globe and Mail:
There are still a few foreign concepts for a Windows convert to absorb, but on the whole Ubuntu 9.10, Karmic Koala, is a package that won’t be a horrible stretch for the novice, yet contains enhancements for the Linux guru as well.

Gadgetmix:
Summary: (+) Faster bootup (+) No need to go to terminal to get things done (+) Empathy IM works great (+) NO VIRUSES or trojans! (+) Looks great

Computer Weekly:
There is no nonsense about needing a premium edition to get such features; Ubuntu users can have it all.

ITPro:
Nonetheless, there’s virtually nothing an Ubuntu desktop machine can’t do that a Windows one can, and it’s all for free.

LinuxPlanet:
UNR represents a solid step forward for netbook users. It provides anyone familiar with Ubuntu the same basic commands and applications you’ll find in the desktop addition.

LinuxInsider:
Clearly, this latest Ubuntu distribution is well worth the upgrade. Long-time Ubuntu users will not be disappointed. The Karmic Koala is snazzy enough to make Mac and Windows users seriously consider switching.

And the in-depth review from Ars Technica:
Ubuntu 9.10 offers a good desktop Linux experience, arguably one of the best that is available. It works great out of the box on an increasingly broad pool of compatible hardware. Canonical’s embellishments—including the Software Center, the messaging indicator, the new notification system, and Ubuntu One—all show considerable promise but are still quite weak in a variety of ways. They could bring a lot of extra value to the distro as they mature.

2 Responses to “The Ubuntu Karmic Koala 9.10 review post” »

  1. Comment by linuxaddict — November 20, 2009 @ 8:32 am

    Ubuntu is FREE!!! Mark Shuttleworth and the Ubuntu team of developers should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.. Mind you, Linux systems can be addictive.

  2. Comment by jerry ruzzo — March 1, 2010 @ 1:12 am

    TO WHOMEVER IT MAY CONCERN: I HAVE BEEN USING UBUNTU SINCE IT CAME TO BE. I LOVE MY OPERATING SYSTEM 9.10 AND WOULD NEVER GO BACK TO WINDOWS VISTA EVER AGAIN. PLEASE INFORM ME OF ANY NEW OPERATING SYSTEMS THAT MAY BE COMING OUT IN THE NEAR FUTURE. THANK YOU, JR

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