The snapshot before the LTS version of Ubuntu is out now! Karmic Koala would be supported for about another year after which one will have to upgrade to Lucid Lynx, which would be coming out in April 2010, this the name Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.
Karmic has been functional on my machines since Alpha 3 – so no surprises await me as of today. But I would be posting some observations and neat tricks that one can use with Karmic Koala and Ubuntu Linux in general.
The first trick is to use a torrent for downloading the .iso image instead of downloading it directly from some mirror. The advantage of doing that is that you get much faster download rates when using P2P networks for downloading the .iso image, this is especially true for a week since the release, since the mirrors literally crawl to a halt from all the traffic following the release.
The listing of all the torrents for Ubuntu 9.10 codenamed Karmic Koala can be found at:
If you come across some performance issues, you can always take your questions to Ubuntu Forums, where you can search if someone has already resolved that issue, and if not, post a query.