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[News] Ubuntu Can't Measure Its Market Share, Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 3 Released

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Measuring Ubuntu’s Market Share

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| It’s clear from the approaches above that putting a hard number on Ubuntu’s 
| market share is impossible.  Canonical seems reluctant to put forward any 
| qualified figure, which is unfortunate–minimally, it would be nice to see an 
| honest attempt at transparent analysis similar to Fedora’s statistics.   


Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 3 Comes with Ubuntu One and Linux Kernel 2.6.31

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| A few minutes ago, the Ubuntu developers unleashed the third alpha version of 
| the upcoming Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) operating system, which is scheduled 
| for release in late October this year. As usual, we've downloaded a copy of 
| it in order to keep you up to date with the latest changes in the Ubuntu 9.10 
| development.    



Karmic Koala Alpha 3 arrives

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| The development of the next version of Ubuntu continues with the third alpha
| release of Karmic Koala. According to the announcement, this alpha contains
| software updates which "are now ready for large scale testing". Alpha 3 is
| one of a number of milestones which the Ubuntu developers release as they
| progress towards the final October release of Ubuntu 9.10.


Karmic Koala Alpha 2 released

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| The Ubuntu developers are moving quickly to bring you the absolute latest and
| greatest software the Open Source Community has to offer. The Karmic Koala
| Alpha 2 is the second alpha release of Ubuntu 9.10, bringing with it the
| earliest new features for the next version of Ubuntu.
| This is an alpha release. Do not install it on production machines. The final
| stable version will be released on October 29th, 2009.


Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 2 Released

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| We should start this article by letting everyone know that Ubuntu 9.10
| (Karmic Koala), due for release in late October this year, will not have that
| professional theme everyone was expecting, as stated by Mark Shuttleworth
| himself in the Ubuntu Open Week Q & A:
| "It has taken a long, long time to pull together a design team. I had hoped
| to have that team in place six months ago, but it's still forming. I think we
| will make good progress in the next cycle, you can already see a few things
| that have borne fruit from that team: notifications, time zone selector in
| installer, etc, but it's fragmentary. I'm pretty darn confident we'll have a
| new look for 10.04 but I think only pieces of that will emerge for 9.10."


Karmic Desktop UDS run-down!

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| Overall it is gearing up to be a pretty radical and exciting release; there
| are some changes to the default application set as well as some major version
| upgrades of existing core components. We are trying to be fairly aggressive
| in terms of new stuff so that if Canonical wants Karmic+1 to be an LTS (Long
| Term Support) release, we can have fairly stabilized new technologies by then
| (thanks to 6 months of stabilization in the Karmic cycle) instead of having
| to wait until after the LTS (Karmic+2) to introduce them. Since many of these
| changes would be too radical to first appear in an LTS, if we don't upgrade
| now we may not be able to for a year, and have to maintain old versions for
| 3-5 years in the LTS.


Ubuntu 9.10 Off To A Great Performance Start

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| Wow, while there may not be many end-user improvements in Ubuntu 9.10 yet and
| the desktop looks just like that of Ubuntu 9.04, there does seem to be some
| performance improvements. Besides the huge SQLite improvement that did not
| come as a surprise, there are better compilation times with GCC 4.4, much
| better disk performance with the newer Linux kernel, and other improvements
| throughout. One area that still needs to be improved upon is with the Intel
| Linux graphics performance after going through radical changes with kernel
| mode-setting, DRI2, and the Graphics Execution Manager.


Karmic Alpha 1 released

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| Welcome to Karmic Koala Alpha 1, which will in time become Ubuntu 9.10.
| Pre-releases of Karmic are *not* encouraged for anyone needing a stable
| system or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even
| frequent breakage. They are, however, recommended for Ubuntu developers and
| those who want to help in testing, reporting, and fixing bugs.


Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 1 Released

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| The system is fast as usual, with no major problems at the moment, except for
| the fact that the video drivers don't work, yet. As always, we did not expect
| something exciting from the first, and not even from the next two or three
| alpha versions of Ubuntu. Probably starting with the fifth or sixth alpha we
| will see some big changes, like that professional theme everyone is still
| waiting for, and which Mark Shuttleworth promised us.


[Kubuntu] First Karmic Alpha Available

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| The first alpha CD for our next release is now available. This is at a very
| early stage of development so is advised for brave testers only. See the
| overview from Ubuntu, the announcement or just go straight to the CD
| download.


Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 1 freeze ahead

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| The first alpha release of Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala is targeted for next
| Thursday, May 14.

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