Ubuntu 9.04 [Jaunty Jackalope]- A peek-a-boo!

Screenshot -Ubuntu 9.04 Alpha 3

Screenshot -Kubuntu 9.04 Alpha 3

Originally scheduled to be released on January 15th, the third alpha version of the upcoming Ubuntu 9.04 (codename Jaunty Jackalope) was uploaded a few hours ago on the official mirrors and. As usual, we've downloaded a copy of it in order to keep you up-to-date with the latest changes in the Ubuntu 9.04 development. To please our readers, starting with this third alpha, we will also list the new features brought by the Kubuntu edition, as well as the screenshot tour.

OK, let's cut to the chase, and tell you what's new in Ubuntu 9.04 Alpha 3. Finally... the OpenOffice.org 2.4 packages were replaced with the OpenOffice.org 3.0 ones. Actually, the installed version in Alpha 3 is 3.0.1 RC1 . In other "good" news, the EXT4 filesystem was implemented in the Ubiquity installer, but it will not be the default filesystem for Ubuntu 9.04, and it's only available if you choose manual partitioning when installing Ubuntu. Using EXT4 as the default filesystem for an Ubuntu installation will reduce the boot times with 20% or even 30% on some systems. Another interesting thing implemented in the Ubiquity installer is the possibility to choose if you want to encrypt your home folder (see the last screenshot on the fifth row), an option that was already available in the text-mode installer.

Other than that, we've observed a new button on the system notifications, called "Don't show this message again" , a new entry in the Main Menu... System Tools -> File Browser and the brand new redesigned volume control The wallpaper and the theme are unchanged, the GNOME desktop environment has been updated to version 2.25.4 (latest development release), as well as most of its components. Among the applications that were updated in this third alpha of Ubuntu 9.04, we can notice: Pidgin 2.5.3, Brasero 0.9.0, Transmission 1.42, Ekiga 3.0.1, F-Spot and... OpenOffice.org 3.0.1 RC1.

What's new in Kubuntu 9.04 Alpha 3? Well, as the developers said in the release announcement... everything! The third alpha version of Kubuntu 9.04 brings the newly released
KDE 4.2 RC desktop environment (see below for screenshots), the latest version of the popular Amarok 2 media player, Quassel as the replacement for Konversation, Digikam 0.10.0 Beta 8, Kipi Plugins 0.2.0 Beta 6 and, last but not least, the developers decided to bring back the Kubuntu documentation. The final version of Kubuntu 9.04 will be powered by the amazing K Desktop Environment 4.2.

Once again, a Live CD is available for everyone who wants to see for themselves what's new in Ubuntu 9.04 Alpha 3 and Kubuntu 9.04 Alpha 3 , without installing anything on the hard drive. Also, with Alpha 3, the server edition of Ubuntu 9.04 is now offered as a separate download, while images for Ub
untu Studio and Edubuntu are available as well.


Winnie the poohi said...

Ah the alpha 3 is cool!

I had a live CD of Ubuntu 6 or something.. it worked fine as a live CD but on installation i had issues getting the drivers.. got so tired that got back to good old windows.. same story with ubuntu 8 too.. but alpha 3 looks cool!

!nversed Poignancy! said...

@ Meena..
Ah!, thats sad..How about giving Ubuntu 9.04 a try. I'm sure that it would be comp friendly..:)

Pooja Rao said...

The Best by far!..Isnt it?!
But the question is..is this the best ever?!
I would still rate hardy > Intrepid..But jaunty will be there in the inequality somewhere i guess

Gayithiri said...

the review is so much u baggy...hehe..
its as though u're telling me live..:P
cutting the crap it seems..heheh..

Suchithra Iyer said...

Yea yeah..this one's seriously good..moreso., after this review..:P hehe..
But, u forgot to mention the technical specifications..hows the usage and what about the USB and Net bugs of intrepid?
Any add-on wrt compiz?!

!nversed Poignancy! said...

@ Poo..
Bingo! U popped that outta my mind!

!nversed Poignancy! said...

Somethngs dont change..hehe

!nversed Poignancy! said...

@ Suchi
you're actually beyond us in testing things..
USB and Eth0 worked fine..infact posted this from Jaunty..:)

Dint check compiz though..:(

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