Karmic Koala, Newest Member of the Ubuntu Menagerie

On February 20, Mark Shuttleworth introduced the Karmic Koala, the alliterative mascot for Ubuntu 9.10. Jaunty Jackalope (Ubuntu 9.04) is due out April 23; Karmic Koala is due out in October 2009.

One of Mark Shuttleworth’s plans with Karmic Koala is “to keep free software at the forefront of cloud computing by embracing the API’s of Amazon EC2, and making it easy for anyone to set up their own cloud using entirely open tools.” If you want to set up an EC2-style cloud of your own, the Eucalyptus project will enable you to create an EC2-style cloud on your own hardware. Eucalyptus has been uploaded to the universe repository and will be available in Jaunty but will be able to do even more in Karmic.

Shuttleworth and Ubuntu staff are following the development of kernel mode setting, which would provide a smooth and flicker-free startup. Options like Red Hat’s Plymouth will be considered for graphical boot on the cards that support it. Meanwhile the plan is for bootup to be swift. The goal for Jaunty on a netbook is 25 seconds – the goal for Karmic is even faster.

The desktop, Shuttleworth assures us, “will have a designer’s fingerprints all over it….” He continues, “Brown has served us well but the Koala is considering other options.”

Mark Shuttleworth and Ubuntu amaze me. Jaunty is in fine working fettle but not officially released – and here are already plans for the Jackalope’s successor!


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