Karmic Koala rocks. Period.

As everyone and their dog knows Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) was released today. I’ve been running Karmic on my Samsung NC10 Netbook since Alpha 2 and, with the exception of the small hiccup with Network Manager (Bug 427400) I’ve not had a single issue. It’s been rock solid now for over 4 months. Quite simply this is the best release to date. It’s the little things which make it feel a more mature release. Simple things like including the GTK2 version of PuTTY, the new wallpapers, the new GDM and the more polished look-and-feel of GNOME in general.

Also during this release I’ve been trying out KDE as a serious desktop for the first time ever. I never like the 3.5 series and when version 4 came out I thought it looked brilliant but defaulted to non-aliased fonts and had a few too many crashes for my liking but 4.3.0 in Kubuntu 9.10 looks and feels awesome. Kudos to the guys and gals on the Kubuntu Team and KDE Upstream. I’ve installed it on my main desktop and plan on using it there as my main desktop until Lucid to try to decide whether I prefer GNOME or KDE. Time will tell…

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