Here’s the info on Ubunto 9.04, Jaunty Jackelope, Beta.

Key new stuff:

  • Newer versions of Gnome, X.Org, and the LInux Kernel
  • Ext 4 file system
  • Cloud computing
  • Turn-key mail servers
  • Other stuff

Comments

  1. #1 D. C. Sessions
    March 28, 2009

    Watch out for the ext4, though — it has fundamentally insane (Linus’ choice of words, not mine) journaling policies. It keeps the metadata consistent, but the actual data can get lost for good.

    Lots of discussion recently on LKML; Ted Tso is not coming out as being Linus’ favorite developer right now.

  2. #2 ppnl
    March 28, 2009

    But can I get support for my creative SB X-Fi sound card? It seems every time I try linux there is something that I just cannot get working. I really love how easy Linux is to install and I like how it looks. But there is always something that does not work.

    I’m even considering building a system with parts chosen for their Linux support.

  3. #3 Tristanm
    March 28, 2009

    I’ve been using Ext4 for awhile now with no data loss. Are you saying I should switch back to Ext3? The Ext4 problem is that bad?

  4. #4 D. C. Sessions
    March 28, 2009

    I’ve been using Ext4 for awhile now with no data loss. Are you saying I should switch back to Ext3? The Ext4 problem is that bad?

    No personal experience; I’m citing LKML. The problem would happen if you shut down without flushing the write queue.

    Me, I’m kindof a reiserfs fan. Hoping that the maintainers keep up with it now that Hans is out of the picture for the foreseeable.

  5. #5 Tristanm
    March 28, 2009

    So the problem occurs if you don’t shut down properly? Alright, I guess that means just be careful until the problem is resolved.

  6. #6 Greg Laden
    March 28, 2009

    ppnl: Creative now provides drivers for X-FI cards.

    I’m even considering building a system with parts chosen for their Linux support.

    Just for the record, that is how one builds a computer. If you buy a computer from a vendor and the computer comes with Windows “pre installed” that does not mean some drones in some factory installed Windows on the computer that this vendor happen to make. It means the vendor said “OK, let’s make a Windows computer … what hardware does Windows support properly .. we’ll use that. What hardware does Windows support not at all or suckily … we won’t use that..” and so on.

    I had heard about the ext4 issue but I’ve not made a personal decision. Of course, one is in no way required to use ext4. Just pick ext3 if you prefer. Or reiserfs or whatever.

  7. #7 dreikin
    March 28, 2009

    ppnl:
    Really, if you can you should avoid creative in the first place. I know, it’s difficult to find anything other than Creative or a no-name in a store, but try newegg.com or another online retailer. Creative has problems with drivers and not actually putting what you expect to be on the card, on the card. Also, some of their cards cause crashes on boards with nVidia nForce chipsets.

    On another note, if any of you have been experiencing that annoying glitch wherein windows won’t refresh properly until you do something to them (often firefox or QT apps), a fix has been found and it’s being pushed to be included in Jaunty :)

  8. #8 Egaeus
    March 28, 2009

    So will Jaunty Jackalope have the “terminal window spontaneously closes in the middle of a compile” feature that kept interrupting my work in Hardy Heron that made me finally give up and install Lenny instead?

  9. #9 Tristanm
    March 28, 2009

    Looking into the issue, it seems a patch to fix it is going to be in the 2.6.30 kernel, though it is likely that it will be back ported to 2.6.28 or 2.6.29 by various distributions.

Current ye@r *