Ubuntu Karmic alpha 3 is here. Some of the new features
1. New development version of the GNOME desktop environment, 2.27.4
2. Linux kernel 2.6.31
3. Sad news for me 😦 Pidgin is replaceed with the Empathy instant messenger client.
4. Ubuntu One is now part of the Ubuntu operating system!
5. The already popular Notify-OSD notification system introduced in Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) has been revamped. It is now a little longer, narrower and has smaller fonts… which makes it slicker than before!
6. The biggest change for me. The Intel video driver has switched from the “EXA” acceleration method to the new “UXA”. This solves major performance problems of Ubuntu 9.04, but could use further testing to flag any regressions it may bring.
7. ext4 by default
8. Grub 2 by default
[Via ubuntu ]