I can’t wait for 23rd of April now! Yes, Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope)’s official release date is 23rd of April. This is a happy happy news to all those Ubuntu fans out there who just can’t wait to get there hands on this new version!
OK, so here’s a overview of what’s new in this release:
- Gnome – 2.26
Gnome has been upgraded to v2.26 in Jaunty (Intrepid had v2.24.1), which includes lots of bug fixes and feature improvements.
The most notable of which is the new *Brasero *disk burning application. Earlier versions had an ‘easy way’ of burning CD’s, which were built into Nautilus (afaik), but now Gnome has full-fledged app for disk burning!
It also has integrated support for PulseAudio in the volume control bar.
There are many more such as, new visual effects, file-manager improvements etc. In short, it’s better than KDE 4 (imho)
- X.Org Server 1.6
To quote from Ubuntu’s website:
The latest X.Org server, version 1.6, is available in Jaunty. A number of video cards have been transitioned to free drivers as part of this update.
Sounds good enough!
- New notifications
The new notifications of Jaunty (as seen in Beta) are simply awesome!.
Here’s an example: http://www.markshuttleworth.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/jaunty904notificationsexample1web092.swf
- Boot Performance
According to Ubuntu’s website, it says that boot performance has been improved, I’ve heard that also from the people who are running the current beta of Jaunty, but I’ll test that when I get my hands on the stable release
- Linux kernel 2.6.28
This is a newer version of the linux kernel, it has many bug fixes and feature improvements…out of which the most notable is the support for Ext4 filesystem. Cool!
- Native support for Ext4
Yes, you heard it right, Jaunty has native support for Ext4, which promises to be more efficient and reliable than Ext3 and also faster!
But still, Ext3 is the default option and Ext4 is optional…which is good move, since Ext4 is fairly new.
OK, so this was the feature’s overview of Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope). I hope you had fun reading it
mutters ooh I can’t wait!