Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) Beta released!

The Ubuntu developers are moving quickly to bring you the latest and greatest software the Open Source Community has to offer. This is the Ubuntu 9.10 beta release, which brings a host of exciting new features.

Note: This is a beta release. Do not install it on production machines. The final stable version will be released on October 29th, 2009.

Upgrading from Ubuntu 9.04

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.

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.


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4 Responses

  1. manu says:

    If I install the Beta of Karmic Koala, will it upgrade to the non-beta version when it is available ?

  2. test666 says:

    Yes (but AFAIK, YMMV)!

    I have always installed Ubuntu BETAs since 7.10, they all were rather stable and I never failed to get the upgrade/install to the final releases, in several computers (Pentium II, PIII, PIV, dual and quad-cores and an EEEPC). Once the final version was available, all my systems upgraded without an itch.

  3. Rory says:

    i don’t know, the Jaunty alpha gave my wireless a nasty itch… think i was a bit rash

  4. the_guv says:

    tx UG .. another good read.

    bit early to go the upgrade route quite yet though, at least from ext3 to 4, looking at the forums.

    regular install works a charm tho’, other than a harmless hang at the very end.

    tell me .. are you the same UG as on ubuntuforums?

    love your site .. refer to it often, thank you.

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