Final Version of Ubuntu 9.04, the Jaunty Jackalope, Released
Article by George Norman
On 27 Apr 2009
It took some work (6 Alphas, 1 Beta and 1 RC), but the final version of Ubuntu 9.04 has finally been made available for download (desktop, server and netbook edition). While Canonical works on the next Ubuntu distro, mainly Ubuntu 9.10 codename Karmic Koala, all we have to do is play with the Jaunty Jackalope and the long list of features and enhancements it has to offer.

COO with Canonical, Jane Silber, comments: ““With every release, we see Ubuntu Desktop Edition make significant steps forward in appealing to mainstream computer users. With access to the latest office productivity suite, support for Skype and Adobe Flash, and faster boot times, we're confident that Ubuntu 9.04 Desktop Edition will see more people join millions of others and make the switch to an open platform.”

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Technical details about Ubuntu 9.04, the Jaunty Jackalope:
- GNOME 2.6 desktop environment with: Brasero all-in-one CD/DVD burning app; updated gnome-display properties that allows for enhanced multiple monitors handling;
- X.Org server 1.6 and X.Org 7.4
- Notification preferences allow you to set preferences for notification icons. New notification styles.
- Improved boot performance. You can expect to boot the OS in under 20 seconds if you run it on a high performance configuration.
- Linux Kernel 2.6.28
- Ext4 filesystem support
- Eucalyptus, an open source technology featured in Ubuntu 9.04 Server Edition, allows you to set up your own cloud computing environment.
- New “"dovecot-postfix" package that “provides an easy-to-deploy mail server stack, with support for SMTP, POP3, and IMAP with TLS and SASL.”
- Compiz Fusion 0.8.2
- Mesa 3D DRI 7.4
- New bootsplash, new login screen, 2 new wallpapers and 3 new themes. Countdown timer for login out, shutting down and restarting the machine.
- Automatic keyboard detection.
- Computer Janitor system cleaner.
- Bundled software apps: OpenOffice.org 3.0.1, Compiz 0.8.2, Pidgin 2.5.6, The GIMP 2.6.6, Transmission 1.51, Mozilla Firefox 3.0.9, F-Spot 0.5.0.3, Rhythmbox 0.12.0 (to name but a few).

If you would like to get Ubuntu 9.04 Desktop Edition, a download location is available here.
If you would like to get Ubuntu 9.04 Server Edition, a download location is available here.
If you would like to get Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Edition, a download location is available here.



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