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Ubuntu.com Underwent Periodic Downtime As Many Download Karmic Koala

The release of the latest iteration of the Canonical’s Linux distribution, codenamed as “Ubuntu 9.10”, on last Thursday has evidently drawn attention of many, as the website offering downloads of the new release suffered periodic downtime due to jam-packed servers.

The latest version of the company’s software, also known as “Karmic Koala”, is actually giving a hard time to the users seeking to upgrade their systems to the recent Linux distro.

Users have been dealing with a spate of issues, including failure of the system to identify hard drives, blank and flickering screens, inability to get encryption running, and defaulting to the erstwhile 2.6.28 Linux distribution, just to mention a few.

As per the Ubuntuforums.org poll, more than 20 percent of the users upgrading to the next version of the software have been experiencing a range of issues, and only 10 percent of the total users have reportedly had a flawless experience with the upgrade.

Incidentally, people installing Ubuntu 9.10 on fresh machines are experiencing comparatively lesser issues than the users attempting to upgrade their systems.

“Ubuntu.com was unavailable for some short periods during yesterday's release of Ubuntu 9.10 'Karmic Koala”, tech blog Netcraft quoted in a weekend blog post.

This could seriously impact the uptake of the new Linux distro by organisations, and hence the company should take essential steps to placate the situation as soon as possible.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.