Ubuntu LogoAwesome. I’ve finally taken the step to ditch Windows XP and my custom BigVid media player from my little PC sitting next to the TV in the lounge and have instead embraced the newly released Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala operating system which I must say was quite a breeze to install. The new human theme is pretty (but ghostly) and I was impressed at how seamlessly Ubuntu picked up both my wireless network adaptor and wireless keyboard and mouse system, without any intervention required from my side at all!

I haven’t yet spent much time exploring this new release, but I see we now have a more organised and updated Software Center from which to add/remove new apps, something I quickly delved into in order to grab XBMC, one of the premier open source media center platforms currently out there.

Tombuntu ran an excellent article on converting your machine to a media center using XBMC a while ago, and although the official XBMC site promises nothing when it comes to this latest Ubuntu release, you can pretty much guess how I plan on entertaining myself tonight! :)