Shuttleworth previews Karmic Koala, successor to Jaunty

According to The Fridge, Ubuntu 9.10, to be released in October this year, has officially been named "Karmic Koala", in keeping with Canonical's alliterative naming scheme that tracks down the alphabet combining "characteristic" adjectives and animal names.

Jaunty Jackalope, coming this April, is currently in fervent development, but already plans are being made to sort out the features its successor will benefit from:

  • New and more impressive boot graphics that we shall have less time to appreciate given the promise of
  • Much faster boot times (Jaunty Jackalope has got boot times on netbooks down to 25 seconds; Karmic Koala, despite the animal's reputation as a slow mover, is aiming to reduce that even further)
  • A more advanced integration of Moblin technologies for Netbook Remix
  • Serious look-and-feel improvements, including the possibility of a move away from "Ubuntu brown"
  • Open cloud-computing embracing Amazon's EC2 APIs for the server edition
  • Sleep and resume features extended to the server edition, to save energy
Although information on more upcoming features set for Karmic Koala will no doubt make their way online soon, details on many others will be unveiled--and new ideas brainstormed--at the upcoming Ubuntu Development Summit (UDS) to be held 25-29 May in Barcelona.

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Thank God they're moving away from that horrible brown scheme! I love the simplicity of Ubuntu but the colors always put me off. It's even harder to convince girls to try it out when the desktop looks like ****!

Err... I'm typing this from KDE 4.2, and I really wish I wasn't (put Kubuntu on to test). There are graphical glitches left, right and centre, some functionality here and there is still broken, and Firefox's default theme is completely broken (random tab corners where they shouldn't be), and this is out of the box. KDE 4.3 needs to do the equivalent of parting the Red Sea to fix this quickly.

Despite the fact that it's relatively quick, there's still a part of me that wants KDE 3.4 back (at the time, it was a very good UI).

EDIT to clarify, this is Kubuntu 8.10, not some testing version of 9.04.

yakumo said,
sudo apt-get ubuntu-desktop?

I will do when I don't actually need to be using this laptop. Although I'm half-tempted to just put fluxbox on it, given the amount of stuff I actually do with it at the moment... Probably all of 5 key shortcuts' worth. :

The poo brown was actually kind of nice, once you mature past the whole poo metaphor. It isn't in-your-face or anything, and the graphic requirements are pretty low compared to other systems... Still, I hope they don't go shiny like OS X and Vista. That would be kind of like selling out.

Also, any of you wondered what happens after Zealous Zebra (or something of that sort)? Do they start over? Or move onto just numbers?

DanielZ said,
The poo brown was actually kind of nice, once you mature past the whole poo metaphor. It isn't in-your-face or anything, and the graphic requirements are pretty low compared to other systems... Still, I hope they don't go shiny like OS X and Vista. That would be kind of like selling out.

Also, any of you wondered what happens after Zealous Zebra (or something of that sort)? Do they start over? Or move onto just numbers?

9.04 is in Alpha at the moment, they're still working on it..

DanielZ said,
... Still, I hope they don't go shiny like OS X and Vista. That would be kind of like selling out.
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Hmmm... If only there were a way to change that... somehow...

Hmm.. who cares actually, is still Linux.. No DirectX, No Adobe, and so on.. sure, is good for newbies... I no wonder why they rush it, that year comes Windows 7 and Snow Leopard.

or maybe it has something to do with the fact they make a release in April and October of every year regardless of what the commercial entities around them release.

toki said,
Hmm.. who cares actually

I think asking "who cares?" is a bit ridiculous.

Ubuntu does have a large user base and I'm sure some of them would care...

toki said,
... sure, is good for newbies...

I wish the people who hated Linux would at least get their "attack" points right.

One person will say it is too complex and only uber-geeks can use it.

Then another one will come and now say it is good for newbies? :ermm:

I guess that alone is a reason to acknowledge that Linux is easy to use.

Serious look-and-feel improvements, including the possibility of a move away from "Ubuntu brown"

Dropping that excrement brown would really be a smart move... they should've never picked it up in the first place.

Every time they say they'll "drastically improve" the look-and-feel, the team pushes it back another release.

I hope they mean it this time

Marshalus said,
Goes over to a nice cool blue.

If you want that, change to GNOME's default: Clearlooks.
They will never change to default blue, because it's out of scope with the brand's colours and symbols.
The current brown is actually orange, and it sucks. I liked the real brown from 4.10/5.04.