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Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope Hands on Review


Ubuntu 9.04, also known as the Jaunty Jackalope comes in three different versions desktop, server and a new Netbook remix specially designed for Netbooks.Ubuntu 9.04 has many feature improvements over installing the new ext4 file system. ext3 will remain the default filesystem for Jaunty. Ubuntu 9.04 is more focused on boot time.Ubuntu 8.10 like Ubuntu 9.04  supports the option of  Ubuntu 9.04 was released on April 23 and millions of hackers and users started there download immediately Click HERE. And here I am with full fledged review.

First lets discuss the few major Updates in Ubuntu :

GNOME 2.26
Support for Microsoft MAPI Exchange Server Protocol
Open Office 3.0 Productivity Suite
Kernel 2.6.28
EXT -4 File System

Ubuntu 9.04 Desktop Version Review :

For the past few years now, I’ve recommended Ubuntu as the best overall desktop Linux option, in large part due to its large catalog of ready-to-install applications and its excellent online resources for locating support information. Version 9.04 remains a very good choice for desktop deployments, but in certain circumstances, Ubuntu’s software enhancements come with some drawbacks. For example, Ubuntu 9.04 includes Version 1.6 of the X.Org graphics server, which improves performance for some graphics adapters while breaking compatibility with AMD’s proprietary drivers (and thereby disabling hardware-accelerated 3-D support) for other cards. I had this experience on a desktop system with an ATI RV410 X700 adapter that I upgraded to Jaunty from the previous Ubuntu release, Intrepid. But on the other hand Ubuntu now does a good-enough job auto-detecting display and graphics hardware (including multi monitor setups) that Ubuntu systems typically don’t require an xorg.conf configuration file. Also along the lines of making its graphics configuration less arcane, 9.04 is the first Ubuntu release to do away with the Vulcan-death-grip Ctrl-Alt-Backspace key combination that you can use on most Linux distributions to dislodge misbehaving graphical applications by killing your X server session. Once upon a time, this came in handy fairly often, and the fact that it’s become an anachronism is a mark of Linux’s maturity.

In addition to support for Microsoft’s MAPI Exchange protocol, the GNOME 2.26 release with which Ubuntu 9.04 ships includes a new volume control applet with a horizontal slider and an integrated interface for switching among sound themes (or silencing them), an overhauled disc burning application, and a handful of other enhancements laid out here.
While I was able to opt for Ext4 from Ubuntu’s LiveCD-based installer, this installer still lacks support for building an Ubuntu system with encrypted partitions. To install a system with encrypted partitions, it’s necessary to use Ubuntu’s text-based alternate installer. Considering that even the buttoned-down Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3 now includes an option for encrypting hard drives in its regular graphical installer, there isn’t any reason why Ubuntu’s default installer shouldn’t offer users this important security option.

Ubuntu 9.04 Remix Edition Review :

Ubuntu 9.04 also is available in a netbook remix edition, which sports a set of user interface components that have been designed to work well on 10-inch and smaller displays.I used a utility available in Ubuntu’s repositories, called usb-imagewriter, to turn a 1GB USB memory stick into an installer and live test environment for Jaunty’s netbook remix edition.I tried out the stick on an Dell Mini 10 with a 10-inch display, and I found that the remixed Jaunty release did indeed make the most of the small screen. The system did away with the familiar desktop, window and menu structure, and offered me instead an interface more akin to a smartphone.When I followed one of the application or location links laid out on my home screen, the application or file manager window would fill the whole screen. A small bar atop the display contained links I could use to bring other open applications to the front or to push everything to the back and expose the home screen again.

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