Sunday, May 24, 2009

Ubuntu 9.04Jaunty Jackalope Reviewed by Gandalfdjh

Gandalfdjh posted this in the TechtalkRadio Forum and thought we would share it here for those looking for Information on Ubuntu 9.04 Janunty Jackalope

Ubuntu 9.04Jaunty Jackalope

Vital Stats:
Distro base - DebianPackaging - .deb (Managed by the mighty Apt)
Linux Kernel - 2.6.28-11-generic
Default Desktop - Gnome 2.26.1
Installer: Ubiquity (the Ubuntu installer)

Several installation images of Ubuntu 9.04 are available for x86 and x64 processors download : Desktop (live system with graphical installer), Server and Alternate install (text-based installer). The Ubuntu Netbook Remix (UNR) variation offers an image of the UNR for installing the release candidate on netbooks from a USB flash drive.

The install screens probably took less than a minute for each screen. After about 20mins the progress bar was complete and I was ready to reboot into Jaunty

Canonical hardware support has been expanded with 9.04.

Ubuntu 9.04 offers a 30 per cent faster boot process than the previous versions.

New Eye Candy Notifications:

One of the new features that’s caused a lot of interest in Jaunty is the new notification system.

Change has been made to the new notification system that uniformly displays system messages in the top right corner of the desktop. Now the update tool automatically starts pending software updates after one week, rather than just indicating updates are available and waiting for the user to start the update process. Pending security updates will notify users on a daily basis.

Installing software is quick and simple with the Add/Remove tool and even novice users would find this simple; once you get over the Windows mindset and realise that Add/Remove will actually add software and not just remove it like XP. There are some minor changes to the default Compiz 3D desktop set up, the effects seem more subtle. Switching workspaces no longer slides the whole screen to one side, but only the application windows. I guess the developers felt this was more elegant.

Why does Ubuntu include things like Pulse Audio and Compiz, but not the actual tools required to configure them. You have to install CCFM yourself if you want to tweak the 3D effects beyond the simple options in the administration tools.

Was impressed with Jaunty, it’s a very solid release. There have been a lot of minor improvements and tweaks. The new notification system looks good. There have also been some major performance improvements under the hood. On the laptop I used it would boot up and shut down a hell of a lot quicker.

Recommendation: Try it and you will like it.


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