Gnome 2.28 Reviewed

TuxRadar reviews the latest Gnome 2.28 which comes standard with Ubuntu’s latest release Ubuntu 9.10 codename Karmic Koala. Gnome 2.28 comes integrated with Bluetooth support. You can now pair up your mobile device or bluetooth headset with your desktop or laptop. Gnome 2.28 also comes with Empathy which replaced Pidgin. Empathy is capable of VoIP as well as chat. The video program called Cheese has an new interface. There are a few other features which you read the rest of the review here.

Upgrade to Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala

It’s just a few days away from the official release of Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala. Are you wondering how to upgrade your desktop or laptop to Ubuntu 9.10? There are two ways in getting Karmic Koala installed on your system. You can:

  1. Upgrade using the Update Manager
  2. Perform a Clean Install

Update Manager

Press Alt-F2. Type in “update-manager -d.” Update Manager will open and tell you a new distribution release ‘9.10′ is available. Click Upgrade.

Clean Install

Download the appropriate ISO from Ubuntu. Ubuntu 9.10 will be available from this download page after the official release on Oct. 29th. Prior to that, you can find it here. Burn the ISO to a CD. Boot from the CD to perform the install.

If you can’t wait, you can upgrade now.

Why Wait. Upgrade to Ubuntu 9.10 Now

Ubuntu 9.10 aka Karmic Koala is scheduled for release October 29, 2009. Ubuntu 9.10 is currently in Beta. There will be one more release called “Release Candidate” before the October 29 release announcement. Well, why wait when you can upgrade now. Most of the grunt work for Ubuntu 9.10 has already been done. The new features are already set. The Ubuntu Development team are busy working on fixing bugs now. I’m sure there will be updates before the October 29 release. And there will be more updates thereafter. It’s just the fact of life, the nature of Linux distributions. So, why wait when you can have it now. If you’re itching to see the latest Ubuntu 9.04 features, you can upgrade now. Here’s what you need to do to upgrade to Ubuntu 9.04.

For Desktop Systems

To upgrade from Ubuntu 9.04 on a desktop system, press Alt+F2 and type in “update-manager -d” (without the quotes) into the command box. Update Manager should open up and tell you: New distribution release ‘9.10’ is available. Click Upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions.

For Ubuntu Server

To upgrade from Ubuntu 9.04 on a server system: install the update-manager-core package if it is not already installed; edit /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades and set Prompt=normal; launch the upgrade tool with the command sudo do-release-upgrade -d; and follow the on-screen instructions.

One more thing: we are 12 days away from the final product. It’s as good as it gets, but backup your data and expect a few bugs.