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Shuttleworth Announces Karmic Koala 305

An anonymous reader writes to mention that Mark Shuttleworth has announced the next release in the horribly alliterative Ubuntu family, "Karmic Koala." The new version hopes to include a newer, shinier, faster startup, better small screen support, a spruced-up desktop look (no more brown), and many minor tweaks and updates. "A newborn Koala spends about six months in the family before it heads off into the wild alone. Sounds about perfect for an Ubuntu release plan! I'm looking forward to seeing many of you in Barcelona, and before that, at a Jaunty release party. Till then, cheers."
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Shuttleworth Announces Karmic Koala

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  • Cool (Score:5, Funny)

    by pak9rabid ( 1011935 ) on Friday February 20, 2009 @04:05PM (#26933857)
    I've always been fascinated how the Debian (and derivatives) releases have functioned. Each branch is like a chamber in a revolver; as it reaches 'stable', it aligns itself with the barrel ready to be fired off to the masses.
  • I was hoping for Kwicky []. :-(

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 20, 2009 @04:09PM (#26933923)

    Am I the only one who likes the brown color scheme?

    I find that it's easy on the eyes without being outright drab, but maybe that's just me.

    • I've got 6 Ubuntu systems at home, I have to change the themes or I can't remember what system I'm on all the time. Yes, there are other ways, but I find changing the theme/background etc. makes it easiest to remember which system I'm dealing with. I do this at work too. Using a custom background is most useful, though I vary themes by general function of the system.

      • by Hatta ( 162192 )

        Why not just set your command prompt [] to display the hostname?

        • I do, but am not always in the shell, so the background/theme remind me vividly. Some years ago, I removed a directory tree from the wrong Solaris system, and have modified the command prompt ever since. I do not yet know the command line for everything that I do know in the GUI. Between Solaris, CentOS, Fedora, OpenSolaris, Ubuntu, Puppy, DSL, Vista, and now NetBSD it is difficult to keep everything in my head all the time. Just the 'find' command is enough to fill your brainbox for an afternoon, never mi

    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      Am I the only one who likes the brown color scheme?


      I find that it's easy on the eyes without being outright drab, but maybe that's just me.

      Look up drab in the dictionary, and you'll find a screenshot of an Ubuntu desktop running the Human theme. ;)

      Seriously, I love Ubuntu. My license plate says "UBUNTU". (Really). But the brown color scheme sucks. The only brown color scheme I've ever liked at all is the one from the original and GTK2 versions of the 'Gorilla' theme from Ximian Gnome. The one from the Ubuntu Human theme is putrid.

      One of the first things I do when I install a new Ubuntu system is to change the default theme to 'Clearloo

      • But the brown color scheme sucks.

        Oddly I was just thinking about this last night. Men tend to like colors at the blue end of the spectrum. Women like the red end of the spectrum. The orange/brown scheme for ubuntu may be more attractive for much of the general population, while mostly male geeks dislike it.

        For me, I just select a different theme and put on my own background image. Most of us have a few thousand of those sitting around these days.

      • Got to ask.. Do you live in WI? Saw a car (think it was a VW) with those plates heading in to Madison on my daily commute..

    • by DrLang21 ( 900992 ) on Friday February 20, 2009 @04:33PM (#26934269)
      I quite enjoy the brown color scheme. It looks clean and professional while being easy on the eyes.
    • by Aphoxema ( 1088507 ) on Friday February 20, 2009 @04:35PM (#26934293) Homepage Journal

      I've got sick on blue from Windows and OS X, Ubuntu's theme was liberating when I first set eyes on in and until the Darkroom theme came along I never really felt the need to change it.

    • No, you're not.

      Try a default blue Gnome theme, it really hurts the eyes. I can't stand to use it.

      The latest Ubuntu's have a less orangy brown that is even better than it used to be.

      So if Shuttleworth changes the colorscheme, fine, but I really hope someone keeps the brown one alive.
    • by Xolotl ( 675282 )

      Am I the only one who likes the brown color scheme?

      Nope - I like it too, although I never would have thought I would before. As another poster said, it is surprisingly comfortable. Also, it goes well with this Penny Arcade wallpaper [].

    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward
      No you are not Even my mother always ask me who draw the beautyfull wallpaper on my ubuntu 8.10 box.
    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by argux ( 568146 )

      I often wonder why is it that everybody hates the brown color scheme. Actually that's one of the things that makes me feel right at home when I have just installed an Ubuntu system. That and the drums. It kinda makes you forget that you're looking at a Gnome desktop. Of course, then you get to use it and immediately start searching for a replacement desktop. But those first five minutes are really nice.

      Actually I would have preferred it if Kubuntu had picked up a similar color scheme, or at least to have an

  • by wiredog ( 43288 ) on Friday February 20, 2009 @04:10PM (#26933939) Journal

    It only looks cute and cuddly. Actually try to cuddle a koala and it'll bite you, claw you, and shit on you.

    Or so I've heard...

  • Damn (Score:4, Funny)

    by Alarindris ( 1253418 ) on Friday February 20, 2009 @04:10PM (#26933951)
    I was hoping for King Krimson.
    • Re:Damn (Score:5, Funny)

      by rbanffy ( 584143 ) on Friday February 20, 2009 @04:52PM (#26934523) Homepage Journal

      Krusty Krab

    • by Anonymous Coward

      It's 2009. Over twenty years since the original Macintosh was released. Twenty years since the fundamentals of UI element spacing, text rendering, text kerning, verticle and horizontal text alignment, colour usage...

      And the latest Ubuntu, the 'gold standard' for Linux desktops, is a complete mess:

      * Text kerning problems all over the place

      * Alignment problems in almost every single text field or label

      * Almost random colour choice for UI elements

      * UI elements having no consistent alignment or spacing

      * UI elem

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        The text alignment and kerning problems are something I really can't understand. Every time I do my yearly 'let's give Linux a try again' it is depressing to see the same horrible font choices, text that is never properly aligned in text boxes, and kerning problems.

        It's like trying to put out a newspaper or magazine that doesn't have any real professional page layout people working on it. It is so jarring to read that it really doesn't matter what the actual content is.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        This is mostly nonsense.

        Some of these issues are real some of the time, but nearly all of your post just sounds like you're complaining that things aren't exactly the same as what you're used to.

        The latest Ubuntu works beautifully for anyone who actually wants to get stuff done rather than complaining that the "open file" dialog doesn't automatically grow when you change your font size preference or whatever.

      • WTF? (Score:5, Informative)

        by theolein ( 316044 ) on Saturday February 21, 2009 @08:00AM (#26939975) Journal

        ...Stupid package management with insane dependencies. ...

        And you say this as a Mac user, using an OS that doesn't even have a unified package management system (And no, .pkg files don't count, since they aren't unified and there's no built-in update of uninstall mechanism)?

        Your post should have been marked troll, flamebait or Macfanboi, and I say that as a Mac user myself who owns three Macs.

    • by gammoth ( 172021 )

      B'BOOM !!

  • Front page news (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    ...they're finally getting a new theme?

    Seriously, of all the things to mention in the summary, you focus on the not-brown?

    There's a page long rant about cloud computing, about the eucalyptus project, and why the release is named koala. And you mention that, like every release, there's talk of it possibly not being brown?

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by linhares ( 1241614 )

      ...they're finally getting a new theme? Seriously, of all the things to mention in the summary, you focus on the not-brown? There's a page long rant about cloud computing, about the eucalyptus project, and why the release is named koala. And you mention that, like every release, there's talk of it possibly not being brown?

      You must be new to ubuntu.

  • I'm just going to leave this info there and walk away

  • by Epsillon ( 608775 ) on Friday February 20, 2009 @04:41PM (#26934383) Journal

    ...DropBear as the default SSH. Should have been called "Killer Koala."

  • Karma might dictate that, with this release, Ubuntu adoption reaches a critical mass, and the first (legitimate) wave of Ubuntu-oriented virii are released into the wild.
  • Shuttleworth has been promising big overhauls to the default look since Dapper Drake. There have been incremental improvements but on the whole the basic theme really hasn't changed.

    While it doesn't matter to me because I'm literate enough in GNOME to install new themes, I would love to see the Ubuntu folks actually follow through on their promises to really do a nice theme.
    • by Teun ( 17872 )
      Why would he, for the performance oriented the terminal is as black as ever and those that want a nice desktop use Kubuntu.

      Joking aside I really find the standard wallpapers for Ubuntu quite smart, while retaining the warm earthy feel they have a nice artistic depiction of the version's animal.

  • and... rich 50 is middle-class 38 !

  • Or might it just be called K3?

  • They're really ditching the brown?!?!? Can I announce year of desktop Linux yet?!?

  • by John Hasler ( 414242 ) on Friday February 20, 2009 @06:49PM (#26936023) Homepage

    Shouldn't that read "the appallingly alliterative Ubuntu family"?

  • by Facegarden ( 967477 ) on Friday February 20, 2009 @08:16PM (#26936905)

    So... when will I be able to use multiple displays without having two separate X sessions? You can't drag things between sessions so that approach is useless, and I don't want one virtual display where everything full screen is kicked between the two either. I want two screens. Is that so hard? It's part of the reason i rarely use ubuntu at home!

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