[PC-BSD Testing] First look: Ubuntu 9.10 alpha 2 brings Ext4, GRUB 2

Kris Moore kris at pcbsd.org
Wed Jun 17 09:10:29 PDT 2009


Interesting. The only thing that I may want to take a look at from here is Grub2. Maybe its gotten more user-friendly
over the years :)


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Kris Moore
PC-BSD Software

On Tue, 16 Jun 2009, Jeff wrote:

> 
> FIRST LOOK: UBUNTU 9.10 ALPHA 2 BRINGS EXT4, GRUB 2
> 
> Ubuntu 9.10, codenamed Karmic Koala, is scheduled to arrive in October. Ars takes a look at the second alpha release, which was made
> available for download last week.
> 
> By Ryan Paul |  June 16, 2009 - Ars Technica
> 
> 
> Ubuntu 9.10, codenamed Karmic Koala, is the next major release of the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution. Karmic is scheduled to arrive
> in October, but developers can get an early look by testing the latest alpha release, which was made available for download last week.
> Although Karmic is still at a very early stage of development, several major features have already arrived.
> 
> 
> I tested the alpha release myself in VirtualBox on my main desktop computer. I was able to install and run alpha 2 without encountering
> any difficulties. The installation went smoothly and the new version of GRUB (GNU's GRUB bootloader) is working fine.
> 
> The roadmap for Ubuntu 9.10 was originally announced in February. Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth declared that some of the prominent
> features will include extensive support for cloud computing and netbook compatibility improvements. During the recent Ubuntu Developer
> Summit in Barcelona, the developers also discussed some other experimental features that are tentatively planned for the Karmic
> release.
> 
> 
> These include support for running Android applications, integration of social networking software, improved development tools, the
> inclusion of Firefox 3.5, and usability enhancements. Ubuntu will also begin taking major steps towards reducing boot time so that the
> developers' ambitious ten-second startup goal can be achieved in 10.04, the next major release after Karmic.
> 
> 
> The latest packages have been synchronized from Debian unstable, as is customary at the start of each Ubuntu development cycle. It
> includes GNOME 2.27, a development version that will be replaced by 2.28 in the final Ubuntu 9.10 release. Karmic alpha 2 also ships
> with version 2.6.30 of the Linux kernel.
> 
> 
> There are several major changes under the hood that users can look forward to in Karmic. Ext4, a new version of the standard Linux
> filesystem, is used by default for new installations. This is a step forward from Ubuntu 9.04, which only made Ext4 available as an
> option. Previous versions of Ext4 suffered from a controversial data corruption flaw and was not considered reliable enough for default
> use until now.
> 
> 
> The bootloader is another major component that has been rolled over to the next generation in Karmic. The alpha 2 release ships with
> GRUB 2, the next-generation of GNU's GRUB bootloader. It has been rewritten from scratch to deliver significantly greater flexibility
> and important features like localization support.
> 
> 
> There are still some aspects of GRUB 2 that are not yet working properly in this alpha release, the most notable of which is support
> for booting other operating systems. Users with multiboot configurations are encouraged to wait for alpha 3 or use a workaround to
> install GRUB 1. The Ubuntu developers are seeking help from the community to test the new version of GRUB on a wide range of hardware
> configurations. Testing instructions and a growing list of results can be found at the Ubuntu wiki.
> 
> 
> If you want to test alpha 2 yourself, you can download a CD image from the Ubuntu website.
> 
> 
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