The release of Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) is old news, I know. And after one of my previous posts, you might think I wouldn’t care. But one of my previous Ubuntu installations left behind a few files that, by Windows XP standards, had invalid filenames (I’m to blame for that, not Ubuntu) and couldn’t be deleted. So I grabbed the latest Ubuntu iso, burned it to a DVD, and booted from the Ubuntu Live CD (it’s a way to run Ubuntu without actually installing it) to see if I could delete them that way. I was impressed with what I saw.

Now, this was by no means an exhaustive test drive. All I really did was to boot into Ubuntu and delete the files that Windows had troubles with. But this version had a lot of polish to it. Graphically, it was very appealing, reminding me of the jump from Windows ME to Windows XP. It booted much more quickly from the CD than I’d ever experienced before–it was ready to rock much more quickly than I expected. It even recognized my Linksys WUSB54G (v1) wireless adapter, and I was able to easily connect to my WPA-protected wireless network–a big issue in previous versions, let me tell you.

I just might have to slap this on my netbook to give it a whirl, now that I’ve used Clonezilla to clone its hard drive so I can easily restore it to Windows. There’s even a Netbook Remix offered for Ubuntu 9.10–I’ll probably try that out first on my MSI Wind U100 netbook. Stay tuned for a report.

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