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Distro Release: Ubuntu 9.10 Now Available

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The latest version of Ubuntu Linux, 9.10, has just been released.

Moments ago on the Ubuntu homepage, the latest version of the world's most popular Linux distribution became available for download.

Ubuntu version 9.10 is last interim release before the next and third LTS (Long Term Support) edition. Along with the usual Server and Desktop editions, and the more recent Ubuntu Netbook Remix, Canonical has added Ubuntu Moblin Remix to their lineup. The alternate installation CD as well as both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are still available.

New to the stable of installation choices are Marvell Dove, Freescale i.MX51, Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud, and Amazon EC2 images. All Ubuntu forks such as Kubuntu and Xubuntu have also been updated to 9.10, the former adding Kubuntu Netbook Remix to the usual Desktop Edition offering.

Ubuntu 9.10 brings with it several complete changes to previous defaults: ext4 has replaced ext3 as the default file-system, empathy replaces Pidgin as the instant messaging client, and the Palimpsest Disk Utility has replaced GParted as the partition manager. There's no shortage of updates to 9.10 either: the GRUB boot loader has been updated to version 2, Firefox is now at version 3.5, and GNOME has been updated to version 2.28.

The latest Linux kernel, version 2.6.31, is also shipping with the new Ubuntu. Newly integrated into the OS is Ubuntu One, an online backup and syncing service. The 'Add/Remove Applications' tool has been ditched for the iTunes App Store-like 'Ubuntu Software Center'. Almost every facet of the theming has also gotten a complete overhaul.

Take a look at their changelog and marketing page for a more detailed listing of the changes and features in 9.10, or better yet download it yourself. You can run it as a live CD, install it in a virtual machine, or use the Wubi installer to check it out without committing any changes to your current partitions.

We here at Tom's Hardware have been keeping tabs on both the beta and the release candidate and like the progress we've observed, but have so far withheld final judgment. After we've had a few days to play around with the final product, we'll bring you a full review, so stay tuned. In the meantime, tell us what you think in the comments below. You can also find help, or simply help others in the Ubuntu 9.10 thread right here on the Tom's Hardware Forums.

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    ben850 , October 29, 2009 4:51 PM
    looks cool, might try it out!
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    chesterman86 , October 29, 2009 6:27 PM
    it's nice to see linux articles here at TH. i do use windows to play games, but ubuntu it's a very good OS to watch movies, browse the web and do my everyday work (network admin) that i can't leave without it =D
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    sublifer , October 29, 2009 4:51 PM
    I love Ubuntu. Nice and easy. openSUSE is pretty nice but I had some problems with an integrated nic on the most recent versions (10.x-11.x) haven't had that with Ubuntu in a long time. I've been wanting to use it at my work... save $140 per PC vs Win XP pro, but AD integration is probably the biggest hurdle. If I was more familiar with Linux directory services I would make its own little ecosystem but thats going to have to wait until I have time. Looking forward to the full review.
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    ben850 , October 29, 2009 4:51 PM
    looks cool, might try it out!
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    cybrcatter , October 29, 2009 5:01 PM
    Ubuntu is such an overall nice and streamlined OS. I feel a little guilty that I don't use it more often :/ 
  • 6 Hide
    akhodjaev , October 29, 2009 5:04 PM
    Wish it can overcome apple mac OS crap
  • 6 Hide
    cruiseoveride , October 29, 2009 5:11 PM
    Linux FTW!
  • 6 Hide
    njkid3 , October 29, 2009 5:12 PM
    it just works. apple cant say that
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    adamovera , October 29, 2009 5:16 PM
    etichiI love when I am browsing and I hit a website that looks like it is performing a Windows virus scan. I use Ubuntu, I fear not this bullshit.

    Ya, it has the XP window borders and says things like "Windows has a problem", when I get them I'm just like "Ya, I know" LOL :) 
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    kyeana , October 29, 2009 5:20 PM
    updating from Juanty as we speak :) 
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    jj463rd , October 29, 2009 6:26 PM
    Thanks for the reminder I'm downloading right now and will install it on a
    older PC.
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    chesterman86 , October 29, 2009 6:27 PM
    it's nice to see linux articles here at TH. i do use windows to play games, but ubuntu it's a very good OS to watch movies, browse the web and do my everyday work (network admin) that i can't leave without it =D
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    danimal_the_animal , October 29, 2009 6:43 PM
    Why are the A-HOLES at mythtv.org still accepting tickets for mythtv 0.22????

    They say the release is imminent yet last week they had 26 open tickets but this week they have 27 with 7 additional closed!!!!

    buncha jerks.
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    kyeana , October 29, 2009 6:48 PM
    oh man, this upgrade is taking forever. It's to be expected, but still :( 
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    adamovera , October 29, 2009 6:51 PM
    kyeanaoh man, this upgrade is taking forever. It's to be expected, but still

    I'm installing fresh on a new drive, pls let me know how the upgrade turns out.
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    wildwell , October 29, 2009 6:52 PM
    This is great news, I'm looking forward to trying it.

    BTW, what's with all the Mac OS comparisons by people who don't know Mac OS? Are you guys not running Windows? How about how the new Ubuntu compares to the OS you are already struggling with?
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    kyeana , October 29, 2009 6:57 PM
    adamoveraI'm installing fresh on a new drive, pls let me know how the upgrade turns out.


    Will do. I was debating going that route (and still might at some point, perhaps try the KDE variant instead of GNOME), however i just finished configuring all my programs, aliases, conky, desktop, etc, and i just don't think i have it in me to do it all again so soon.
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    bustapr , October 29, 2009 7:25 PM
    Looks nice, but when I try to download it the server gets so slow, and i'm using 100.0mbps of blazing college wifi.
    But I want to know when the next official 2 year maintenance Ubuntu OS comes out.
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    adamovera , October 29, 2009 7:33 PM
    bustaprLooks nice, but when I try to download it the server gets so slow, and i'm using 100.0mbps of blazing college wifi. But I want to know when the next official 2 year maintenance Ubuntu OS comes out.

    bustaprLooks nice, but when I try to download it the server gets so slow, and i'm using 100.0mbps of blazing college wifi. But I want to know when the next official 2 year maintenance Ubuntu OS comes out.

    Ya, it's a little clogged right now because everyone is trying to get it. 10.04 "Lucid Lynx" will be the next LTS, look for it near the end of April.
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    JimmiG , October 29, 2009 7:52 PM
    Was using the beta before. It's pretty neat but I get bored after about 10 minutes since all you can do is browse the web. There are no real games and no good music software/DAWs. Since I use my computer mainly to make music and play games, that means Ubuntu is pretty much useless. Plus Win7 is more streamlined and polished :) 
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    C 64 , October 29, 2009 7:57 PM
    Ya, the servers are really busy (a good sign I think, so I have to change DL servers twice, but the ISO is now downloaded and the disk is being burned as I type.... (mmmmmm the smell of fresh Ubuntu..) :) 
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    bustapr , October 29, 2009 8:23 PM
    JimmiGWas using the beta before. It's pretty neat but I get bored after about 10 minutes since all you can do is browse the web. There are no real games and no good music software/DAWs. Since I use my computer mainly to make music and play games, that means Ubuntu is pretty much useless. Plus Win7 is more streamlined and polished

    Try wine, it is supposed to support some windows apps and games.
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