Comparison of the Ubuntu 9.10 upgrade with Windows® 7 upgrade
Apple had released "Snow Leopard" in the earlier part of this year. This trend caught up with Canonical as well. It will launch another beast this week called Karmic Koala, which is also known as the open-source operating system Ubuntu 9.10. This launch comes close on the heels of Microsoft's launch of Windows 7, an operating system which is deemed to be a major update of Windows Vista.
Altogether there are hundreds of versions or distributions of Linux, while some have been earmarked for general usage others have been categorized for specific needs such as high security, older machines and multimedia.Â Linux has widely been running servers or embedded systems, however, it has little monopoly as a desktop operating system. Desktop Linux employed figures are quite difficult to come to a precise number and highly contested. While a section put the figures as low as 1%, there are others such as Linux enthusiasts who claim that the figure is nearer to 12%.
Taking an instance from the Debian flavour of Linux, Ubuntu has concentrated on continuously making an effort to bring Linux to the masses, and citing "Linux for Human Beings". When it comes to operating systems, Linux purists and Microsoft advocates will be on the lookout for the slightest difference between the two. For a comparison, one should use theÂ latest release candidate for Ubuntu 9.10, and Windows 7 beta on the MacBook. This should be the ideal setting. To make this review more authenticated, one should also undertake an in-place upgrade on a Dell Latitude Cpx with a 750Mhz Pentium III and also enable a fresh install on the MacBook. Upgrading to a new version of Ubuntu is simple and almost hassle-free. Like Windows and Mac OS X, Ubuntu automatically records an operating system up to date. Usually Windows will only upgrade Microsoft software and the operating system. But Ubuntu has the ability not only to update itself but also update any corresponding software that have been installed on a system.
For the upgrade to 9.10, Ubuntu downloads the software to enable the upgrade and makes it a point to guide all through the process. Even on a vintage hardware it took two hours but on a faster machine, it would take far less time. However, the time of the upgrade will largely rely on the speed of the Internet and the speed the computer as well.
A first time Ubuntu installer should download a CD image and then burn the installation CD. One of the reasons Ubuntu is deployed is that it allows the user to run the operating system without installing it on a hard drive.