Canonical takes on Win 7 with Ubuntu 9.10 RC

Canonical's Linux-based Ubuntu 9.10 OS is due on Oct. 29

Canonical on Thursday made available the Release Candidate of its latest Linux-based operating system, Ubuntu 9.10, on the same day Microsoft launched the long-awaited Windows 7.

The upcoming Canonical release, which is code-named Karmic Koala, is the latest version of the popular flavor of the Linux OS. The development release on Thursday pushed the OS one step closer to final release, which is due on Oct. 29, according to the company's release schedule Web page.

An image of the OS is available for download on Ubuntu's Web site. Test versions of Karmic Koala RC available for download include the server, desktop and netbook versions. The desktop version can also be installed on standard laptops. In testing by IDG News Service, attempts to download the installation file stalled, possibly because of traffic to the server.

Linux could be making headway against Windows in netbooks, which are low-cost mobile devices designed for those who rely on the Web for computing. Canonical has seen some traction in the netbook market, with companies such as Dell offering devices with a customized version of the netbook OS, which is called Ubuntu Netbook Remix. Ubuntu is also competing in the standard PC space with Microsoft's Windows, which goes on more than 90 percent of computers worldwide.

Beyond Microsoft, Canonical has to battle other Linux distributions such as Intel's Moblin, which is vying for a place in netbooks and PCs, and Google's Chrome OS, a netbook OS due for release in the second half of 2010. Many PC makers plan to test Chrome OS with their systems.

Ubuntu 9.10 RC is an upgrade from the previous version, Ubuntu 9.04, which carried the code name Jaunty Jackalope. Built on the latest Linux 2.6.31.1 kernel, Ubuntu 9.10 offers faster boot times, an improved user interface and programming tools for easier software development, according to Canonical.

The company is offering different versions of the OS with a variety of graphical desktop environments. The environments integrate everyday applications including instant-messaging software, Web browser, document viewers and multimedia software.

Canonical is offering versions of the OS with a variety of desktop environments, including Gnome, KDE and XFCE. These environments, built on top of the Linux kernel, have unique graphical user interfaces and integrated software.

Karmic Koala includes a new "Ubuntu Software Center" from which users can easily add or remove programs, similar to a feature available in Windows. It improves on an earlier feature for adding and removing programs. The OS also fixes many bugs from previous Ubuntu editions and builds in driver support for more hardware.

Canonical is also offering its online storage and file-sharing service, called Ubuntu One, by default in Ubuntu 9.10. Users can back up, share or sync data with others through the Ubuntu One Web site.

The service gives 2GB of online storage free to Ubuntu users, with an additional 50GB costing US$10 a month.

Earlier development of Ubuntu 9.10 releases -- including the most recent beta edition -- have received mixed reviews on the Web. Some cautioned users to wait until beta testers work out the kinks before installing the OS.

Some complained of applications not working, while other disagreed with user interface changes. But some were thrilled by the OS improvements.

"What I have is a remarkably fast and powerful machine built using some inexpensive software and hardware," wrote a poster going by the name of Liberty in response to a blog entry. Using a test release of Karmic Koala, the poster said setting up an Internet connection on an Intel dual-core Atom system was a breeze. Networking an all-in-one printer was a "piece of cake," Liberty wrote.

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18 Comments

Andy

1

Sounds like another winner! I have a dual-boot Windows/Ubuntu 9.04 system, but find myself in Ubuntu 95% of the time. I'm considering wiping the hard drive and putting the ext4 filesystem on and getting rid of Windows altogether.

David

2

I have been waiting too see if Ubuntu will mature enough to make it useful for me. I'm a flash developer who enjoys gaming in my free time. These are two things that Ubuntu does not have much success with.

Lennie

3

"attempts to download the installation file stalled, possibly because of traffic to the server"

That's why their is a torrent-file ! Silly people.

Jonnan

4

If it weren't for games I could quit Windows pretty much completely. Wine (sadly) is just not quite consistent enough for me to willingly quit dual-booting my favorite games yet, and I lose too much messing with with things like virtualbox or qemu (Though lots of older games are spiffy in things like Dosbox. Daggerfall for instance.)

If we get to the point that, say The Elder Scroll V or Galactic Civilizations III is available in an apt-get repository, Windows will be in trouble.

Jonnan

BS5

5

;emerge ut2004
You don't need

;emerge ut2004

You don't need any other games.
UT3 would be nice.
I guess Linux isn't mature.

Anonymous

6

Yep, you may notice that ubuntu doesn't have much success here as Adobe haven't ported flash to linux and most game publishers don't care about the platform, both completely outside ubuntu's control, alas.

Anonymous

7

Adobe has ported Flash to Linux. They did many versions ago. What are you talking about?!

VS Dude

8

Never mind Windows as a gaming machine - we have the Xbox for that. What keeps Windows in the 90 percentile range is the applications that run on it. Nobody worth their salt as a graphics designer is going to drop Photoshop in favor of Gimp. Nobody in a professional business environment who wants to be taken seriously and ensure their documents are interpretted correctly is going to drop MS Office for OpenOffice.

The fact is, while even Google Docs is making some headway in business, the reality is most businesses aren't migrating to that platform (despite Google's advertising otherwise - please recognize marketing when you see it).

Today's Ubuntu *is* a nice few steps from yester-year's Linux but it's nowhere close to usurping Windows' stronghold on the consumer or even the business market. Suffice it to say I have installed Ubuntu for a few friends over the course of the last few years - and they're all back on Windows today... out of either necessity or desire for the apps they need or want.

jeffchapmanjc

9

Never mind Windows as a gaming machine - we have the Xbox for that. What keeps Windows in the 90 percentile range is the applications that run on it. Nobody worth their salt as a graphics designer is going to drop Photoshop in favor of Gimp. Nobody in a professional business environment who wants to be taken seriously and ensure their documents are interpretted correctly is going to drop MS Office for OpenOffice.

The fact is, while even Google Docs is making some headway in business, the reality is most businesses aren't migrating to that platform (despite Google's advertising otherwise - please recognize marketing when you see it).

Today's Ubuntu *is* a nice few steps from yester-year's Linux but it's nowhere close to usurping Windows' stronghold on the consumer or even the business market. Suffice it to say I have installed Ubuntu for a few friends over the course of the last few years - and they're all back on Windows today... out of either necessity or desire for the apps they need or want.

Anonymous

10

Ok who is the idiots who keep on going on about games.

Please take careful note a the game release for windows they are slowly disappearing.

If you want to play modern games these days most cases you are being forced to own a console of some form.

Anonymous

11

I'm a programmer from italy...and i'm porting my programs from microsoft to linux for affidability and economicity, I'm just saying i'm not going to offer a computer of about € 600,00 and adding € 400.00 for os e office suite only...for the most of office use ubuntu is quite good this day. And I'm losting only 30' minutes for install against 2 hours for microsoft. Here in Italy a lot of people use microsoft program they don't have paied for. There are some applications windows only like cad and others, but this is changhing. And lately i'm finding driver for a lot of peripherics, POS also. Linux can't do all and have it's own problems but for the general purpose computer it's ok and a lot cheaper.

Anonymous

12

Fortunately, Google paid some programmers to make sure the entire Adobe suite works in Wine. So, in reality, any graphics designer worth their salt can move off Windows at the drop of a hat. Except, of course, that they've probably been using Mac for the better part of a decade anyway.

People in a business environment who want to be taken seriously should have production and distribution infrastructure and operations. That's what makes people take you seriously, not the office document format you use.

KevinG

13

Google paid for *Photoshop* to work in Wine. Not the entire suite. I have been waiting for my Illustrator CS2 to work in Wine for the longest time. Unfortunately, only Illustrator 10 works at present.

WineHQ's own report:

http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=application&iId=20

Anonymous

14

"Karmic Koala includes a new "Ubuntu Software Center" from which users can easily add or remove programs, similar to a feature available in Windows. It improves on an earlier feature for adding and removing programs."
- I've never seen such a feature in Windows, and I've used Win98, XP, Vista, & 7. A better comparison would be to app stores that exist for handheld devices.

Anonymous

15

you really have no idea about pc gaming im afraid. doesnt matter about the varity of titles available and thier demise. All you gotta do is look at World of Warcraft or counterstrike / COD etc , thats a player base of millions. There is still a huge requirement from linux distros to play pc games and there always will be if they want to grab people away from Windows.

Erik

16

"What keeps Windows in the 90 percentile range is the applications that run on it. "
For now
"Nobody worth their salt as a graphics designer is going to drop Photoshop in favor of Gimp"
Anybody who IS worth their salt as a graphics designer can use gimp, psp, a box of crayons or a charred wooden stick. Those who must rely on photoshop would starve without it.
"Nobody in a professional business environment who wants to be taken seriously and ensure their documents are interpretted correctly is going to drop MS Office for OpenOffice"
the huge majority of which wouldn't know the difference between doc and dom. this class is pushbutton. they dont know or dont want to know what happens after they click save. years ago i said most people who own a computer, shouldn't. i still believe that. your statements are weak. i unstalled ubuntu on my pc 6 monts ago and wiped both the original and clone of windows to make room for my real software. i dont like malware/ms products. since then i wiped mom's xp and installed ubuntu on her pc. she loves it. just bought an hp laptop and for 50 bucks less, i had them wipe windows 7. i love this machine and it runs ubuntu 9.1 like a dream. if i didnt have a job or a life, i would probably leave windows so i could spend all my time playing a silly game. the fact is, my machines run better than they ever did, look better and are free from microsoft.

Ripsometime

17

Windows would be ok if it didn't cost anything, i don't like paying for something that degrades so easily, install a few software packages and boot time starts to get slower and i find myself constantly reinstalling windows.

I can rely on ubuntu to work consistently, I have ubuntu 9.10 dual booted with windows 7 and I would rather use ubuntu as it boots up faster, everything I need is a few clicks away, even if i decide i want to run a small web server all i have to do is pay a short visit to the software centre.

I don't really care about playing games on my PC, as many have said I have consoles for that, and if you really want to play games on your PC, install windows on a separate partition or hard drive, something small so it can run games fast without other processes running in the background killing your games performance.

I used to never use Linux and always used windows, but I know now how brilliant Linux is, and its all about getting the most performance from the cheapest hardware. If you want to waste money buy a mac.

Anonymous

18

it takes huge time to setup ubuntu 9.1, what can i do

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