Round up of recent distro releases

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The following briefly summarizes in reverse chronological order some of the key Linux distribution announcements over the last two months.

* Ubuntu 9.10 -- Since the beta for the Canonical-backed "Karmic Koala" arrived several weeks ago, the reviews have been quite positive for the latest version of the leading desktop Linux distribution. Key features include faster boot-times and improved login and installation processes, as well as enhancements to audio, 3G connectivity, and Intel video drivers. Enterprise-focused features include enhanced support for the new Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC) and Ubuntu One cloud services, as well as better encryption and AppArmor access control features. Package updates include GNOME 2.28 and Firefox 3.5. Meanwhile, IBM launched an Ubuntu-based cloud distribution called IBM Client for Smart Work for general availability last week, after first introducing it in Africa. (See "Related Stories" at the end of the article for all the recent Ubuntu-related stories on DesktopLinux.)

* CentOS 5.4 -- After settling a dispute this summer that threatened to fork the project, this community-based Red Hat clone project released CentOS 5.4 last week. Based on the recently released RHEL 5.4 (see farther below), version 5.4 upgrades 266 packages, adds 27, and implements preview versions of the ext4 file-system and KVM hypervisor.

* Fedora 12 --

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