Karmic Koala Has Been Launched

Karmic Koala – Ubuntu 9.10 – was formally released on October 29, on schedule. If you have been waiting until the final release, it is here!

Be forewarned – it is still too soon after the release date for the servers to behave normally. I found, for instance, that downloading the ISO file, burning it to disk, and installing from scratch was easier than attempting to do a simple update-manager. I switched to a local mirror after receiving major “unable to reach network” messages while using the US main mirror. Even with that, the servers seem to be unreachable. Launch week is a madhouse!

One thing that I found that is new with Karmic is the command add-apt-repository. For instance, if you want to include the beautiful Bisigi artwork that I wrote about some time ago, you would just need to issue these commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bisigi
sudo apt-get install zgegblog-themes

and you have wallpaper and themes galore to choose from. This works on properly formatted PPA repositories. (Unfortunately, when I tried it on the Ubuntu Tweak repository, it did not work. I hope this is something TualatriX can fix.)

The add-apt-repository command even adds the repository key so Ubuntu knows the files are authenticated. This takes away ninety percent of the pain of adding a PPA repository – you just need to know its name.

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2 Responses to “Karmic Koala Has Been Launched”


  1. 1 Jeffrey Simonson November 2, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    It is necessary to update after adding the repository.

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bisigi
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install zgegblog-themes


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