Ubuntu 9.10 (“Karmic Koala”) has some neat new features, and I want to bring your attention to a few in turn.  I am not taking credit for any of them. I didn’t have much to do with any of these wonderful features, unless I mention it.

First, Ubuntu 9.10 boots fast.  Compare the speeds of the last two MSFT Windows versions to the last two Ubuntu versions. That’s interesting, eh? When you sit down to use a computer, you have something in mind you want to do. Every second of your life the system wastes is a second you might forget what you want to do. We hate wasting your time.

There’s more, too.

The booting software that ships in Ubuntu 9.10 is still safe, stable, and slow, relative to what else the Ubuntu folks have made. If you have a non-solid-state, regular old rotational disk-drive, then you can shave off maybe another 20 seconds by using a more specialized linux kernel and read-ahead implementation. How? It’s dead simple! From a terminal (Applications, Accessories) run these three commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-boot/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

When that is better tested, it might be installed by default.