The Ubuntu developers are moving quickly to bring you the absolute latest and greatest software the Open Source Community has to offer. The Karmic Koala Alpha 1 is the first alpha release of Ubuntu 9.10, bringing with it the earliest new features for the next version of Ubuntu.

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; and follow the on-screen instructions.

Software Center

Instant access to thousands of free and open-source applications.Categories include Education, Games, Sound and Video, Graphics, Programming and Office. Simply select the applications you want to use and the Ubuntu Software Center will add them to your computer.

No CDs, no licenses, no hassle.

Email and chat

Chat with friends and colleagues through Empathy which integrates Yahoo, Gmail, MSN, Jabber, AOL, QQ and many more. Evolution gives you email, an address book and a calendar and
works well with colleagues and friends using MS Outlook.

Browse the Internet

Ubuntu includes Mozilla Firefox 3.5 for faster and safer browsing. For a choice of other open-source web browsers visit the Ubuntu Software Center and take your pick.


Upload from your camera or phone to F-Spot.Manage, tag, share and sort your photos. Upload easily to your favourite social network or photo-sharing sites including Flickr, Facebook, Picasa and many others.

Music and videos

Plug in your PSP, iPod, MP3 player and use Rhythmbox to download, store, buy and play music. Share playlists with your friends. Access Last.fm directly through Rhythmbox to stream your favourite music. Stream and play video from YouTube, BBC and others.

Office applications

Create professional documents, spreadsheets and presentations with OpenOffice.org 3.1. OpenOffice.org is compatible with all office applications including Microsoft Office. The big difference is that OpenOffice.org is free (and promises never to introduce Mr Clippy).

Play games

Over 400 completely free and completely cool games. Solitaire is not the only game in town. Visit the Ubuntu Software Center to easily browse, select and install

Store, sync and share

Integrated "Ubuntu One" technology gives you 2 GB of online storage for free. Easily share files between your own and your friends' computers. Upgrade at low cost for more storage if you need it.


At the core of the Ubuntu philosophy is the belief
that computing is for everyone, whatever your circumstances.
Ubuntu is one of the most accessible operating systems around
and is
fully translated into 23 languages with many more to follow.

Sources from:UBUNTU
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