At the weekend I installed Ubuntu Karmic Koala (9.10). My overall impression so far is positive: Karmic Koala continues the tradition set by Ubuntu releases of incremental improvement; it is evolutionary not revolutionary.
Most importantly it just works, with the exception of one issue I am having with resuming after the laptop has been suspended, but I will get to the bottom of that.
Despite some reports of problems with the upgrade, I had no issues at all.
I’m not sure what to make of commentators comparing Ubuntu 9.10 to Windows 7, but I guess comparisons are inevitable as long as tech-writers have column inches to fill.
Some folks say that the look of the desktop in Karmic is cleaner and crisper. That’s true to an extent but to me it feels a little Mac-esque, although only a little – it is by no means aping the OSX look.
My verdict on Karmic after nearly a week is positive, and if you’ve never tried Linux download a live disk and give it go.