Installation Review of Ubuntu Karmic Koala - Photo review: Karmic Koala kickstarts new Ubuntu 9.10

Photo review: Karmic Koala kickstarts new Ubuntu 9.10

Installation Review of Ubuntu Karmic Koala

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Installation Review of Ubuntu Karmic Koala Source: Ubuntu

Installation Review of Ubuntu Karmic Koala

It starts here: the install screen for Ubuntu 9.10, or Karmic Koala, which comes sniffing at the heels of Apple Snow Leopard and Microsoft Windows 7. That said, there is always a new or recent Ubuntu: the team puts out a new release every six months.

The big question: to what extent can Ubuntu 9.10 compete with Microsoft and Apple as a mainstream desktop operating system, comfortable for non-technical users? Linux is great when it works, but when there are issues they may require intricate command-line instructions to resolve. Our installation on a Toshiba laptop went smoothly though. We did little more than hit Forward, pausing only to select a time zone and a keyboard, and ended up with a fully functional system complete with working wi-fi and Bluetooth. During the install we were also offered an encrypted home folder, protected by username and password. There is no nonsense about needing a premium edition to get such features; Ubuntu users can have it all.


Ubuntu 9.10, also known as Karmic Koala, is taking on Microsoft's Windows 7. The Koala has a better software installer, faster boot times and much more. Here's our thorough review.

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