Introducing the Karmic Koala, our mascot for Ubuntu 9.10

Asha Rose asha.rose.v at
Sat Feb 21 06:40:01 UTC 2009

Hello there,

I don know if I am posting to the right mailing list. If I am not please
excuse me. One issue I have to discuss.
Ubuntu is getting really good popularity which is really appreciable. One
issue I have seen can be explained with a real life experience.

I have started to use linux from 2006. The first Linux which was introduced
to me was Ubuntu as it is very user-friendly. Now I have tried different
Distros, still I am using Ubuntu on my personal notebook.  I am from India
and most of the people I know here are not much familiar with ubuntu or any
Linux distros.

So I suggested some of my friends and relatives to use ubuntu and they
happily agreed and installed it. Most of them are much interested into
listening to music. Also they were not connected to internet. After the
installation of Ubuntu, they liked it very much. when they tried to play
some songs with the players coming with the installation they got irritated.
The codecs for any player has to be installed from the internet and they
switched back to the other OS which they were using.

Is there any way to include the codecs with the players so that it will come
with the basic ubuntu installations. Almost all other things they require
are coming with ubuntu basic installations.

If I am posting the wrong thins please excuse me. Thank you so much to all
the ubuntu developers as ubuntu gave me a very good introduction to Linux.

On Fri, Feb 20, 2009 at 10:10 PM, Mark Shuttleworth <mark at> wrote:

> Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce the *Karmic Koala*, the
> newest member of our alliterative menagerie.
> When you are looking for inspiration beyond the looming Jaunty feature
> freeze, I hope you'll think of the Koala, our official mascot for Ubuntu
> 9.10. And if you'll bear with me for a minute I'll set the scene for
> what we hope to achieve in that time.
> Server
> A good Koala knows how to see the wood for the trees, even when her head
> is in the clouds. Ubuntu aims to keep free software at the forefront of
> cloud computing by embracing the API's of Amazon EC2, and making it easy
> for anybody to setup their own cloud using entirely open tools. We're
> currently in beta with official Ubuntu base AMI's for use on Amazon EC2.
> During the Karmic cycle we want to make it easy to deploy applications
> into the cloud, with ready-to-run appliances or by quickly assembling a
> custom image. Ubuntu-vmbuilder makes it easy to create a custom AMI
> today, but a portfolio of standard image profiles will allow easier
> collaboration between people doing similar things on EC2. Wouldn't it be
> apt for Ubuntu to make the Amazon jungle as easy to navigate as, say, APT?
> What if you want to build an EC2-style cloud of your own? Of all the
> trees in the wood, a Koala's favourite leaf is Eucalyptus. The
> Eucalyptus project, from UCSB, enables you to create an EC2-style cloud
> in your own data center, on your own hardware. It's no coincidence that
> Eucalyptus has just been uploaded to universe and will be part of Jaunty
> - during the Karmic cycle we expect to make those clouds dance, with
> dynamically growing and shrinking resource allocations depending on your
> needs. A savvy Koala knows that the best way to conserve energy is to go
> to sleep, and these days even servers can suspend and resume, so imagine
> if we could make it possible to build a cloud computing facility that
> drops its energy use virtually to zero by napping in the midday heat,
> and waking up when there's work to be done. No need to drink at the
> energy fountain when there's nothing going on. If we get all of this
> right, our Koala will help take the edge off the bear market.
> If that sounds rather open and nebulous, then we've hit the sweet spot
> for cloud computing futurology. Let me invite you to join the server
> team at UDS in Barcelona, when they'll be defining the exact set of
> features to ship in October.
> Desktop
> First impressions count. We're eagerly following the development of
> kernel mode setting, which promises a smooth and flicker-free startup.
> We'll consider options like Red Hat's Plymouth, for graphical boot on
> all the cards that support it. We made a splash years ago with Usplash,
> but it's time to move to something newer and shinier. So the good news
> is, boot will be beautiful. The bad news is, you won't have long to
> appreciate it! It only takes 35 days to make a whole Koala, so we think
> it should be possible to bring up a stylish desktop much faster. The
> goal for Jaunty on a netbook is 25 seconds, so let's see how much faster
> we can get you all the way to a Koala desktop. We're also hoping to
> deliver a new login experience that complements the graphical boot, and
> works well for small groups as well as very large installations.
> For those of you who can relate to Mini Me, or already have a Dell Mini,
> the Ubuntu Netbook Edition will be updated to include all the latest
> technology from Moblin, and tuned to work even better on screens that
> are vertically challenged. With millions of Linux netbooks out there, we
> have been learning and adapting usability to make the Koala cuddlier
> than ever. We also want to ensure that the Netbook Remix installs easily
> and works brilliantly on all the latest netbook hardware, so consider
> this a call for testing Ubuntu 9.04 if you're the proud owner of one of
> these dainty items.
> The desktop will have a designer's fingerprints all over it - we're now
> beginning the serious push to a new look. Brown has served us well but
> the Koala is considering other options. Come to UDS for a preview of the
> whole new look.
> UDS in Barcelona, 25-29 May
> As always, the Ubuntu Developer Summit will be jam-packed with ideas,
> innovations, guests and gurus. It's a wombat and dingbat-free zone, so
> if you're looking for high-intensity developer discussions, beautiful
> Barcelona will be the place to rest your opposable thumbs in May. It's
> where the Ubuntu community, Canonical engineers and partners come
> together to discuss, debate and design the Karmic Koala. The event is
> the social and strategic highlight of each release cycle. Jono Bacon,
> the Ubuntu Community Manager has more details at
> including sponsorship for heavily-contributing community members.
> More details of the Ubuntu Developer Summit can be found at
> A newborn Koala spends about six months in the family before it heads
> off into the wild alone. Sounds about perfect for an Ubuntu release
> plan! I'm looking forward to seeing many of you in Barcelona, and before
> that, at a Jaunty release party. Till then, cheers.
> Mark
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