Ubuntu 9.04 Released, Is Good.

I have not installed it, but it looks good.

Jaunty Jackalope is baed on Kernel 2.6.28-11 and runs Gnome 2.26.1 on X.org-Server 1.6. It boots faster. It supports ext4 ffile system.

Here it is.


  1. #1 Mike Haubrich, FCD
    April 27, 2009

    Just started the Kubuntu upgrade on Bing’s computer. Then I will do the upgrade on Ella’s. Looks pretty easy.

  2. #2 caerbannog
    April 27, 2009

    Installed it on 3 old laptops that I grabbed from the excess room for our project.

    Had a couple of issues with beta release on one of the machines, but the final-release version installed smooth as silk on all of them. An especially neat feature is a utility that allows you to install the OS and all desktop trimmings to a thumbdrive (fully bootable with a persistent filesystem). Truly a portable OS!

  3. #3 Todd
    April 27, 2009

    KDE 4.2 is still a wee bit flaky. And the default software source is ridiculously slow. Anyone know which mirror isn’t suffering under the crushing weight of all the downloading?

  4. #4 D. C. Sessions
    April 27, 2009

    KDE 4.2 is still a wee bit flaky.

    Not to mention a long way from feature-complete.

    Anyone know which mirror isn’t suffering under the crushing weight of all the downloading?

    Use the torrents, Todd.

  5. #5 Todd
    April 27, 2009

    apt-get by torrent? sounds cool.

  6. #6 GaryB, FCD
    April 27, 2009

    I’ve been using the Beta for the last couple of months or so and while it had a few problems early on it has been steadily improving each update.

    Coming from the Windows world as recently as I have I’m still astounded at how fast Linux loads and shuts down. I am having a bit of trouble with Virtual Box, but that may be because I’m using the 64bit version of 9.04.

    In any case I’m finding Linux much more interesting than Windows.

  7. #7 Russell
    April 27, 2009

    It doesn’t have the fglrx drivers for my HP laptop, and from what I’ve read, that makes 2d graphics slower on the machines that use those drivers. It doesn’t have the poulsbo driver for my Atom machine. I’m not sure what to like. I think maybe I’ll wait for Kunning Karp.

  8. #8 John Swindle
    April 28, 2009

    I agree about KDE4.x being an embarrassment. If you’d like to install KDE 3.5.10, go to http://apt.pearsoncomputing.net, and follow the directions. Apparently, this project is independent of both Ubuntu and KDE. I used their service to put KDE3 on Ubuntu 8.10, and it worked quite well. Now,they’ve updated their stuff so it can be installed in 9.04, and again, no problems. In 9.04 you can have both KDE3 and KDE4 installed, and make a selection at the login screen.

  9. #9 John Swindle
    April 28, 2009

    Sorry… I placed punctuation too close to the link above, and it won’t work as is. Backspace over the comma in the address bar – that should do it.

    Better yet,try this:


  10. #10 Paladin
    April 28, 2009

    @Todd: Synaptic has a built-in utility that pings all the repositories and selects the most responsive (if this is what you meant).

    I installed 64 bit RC two weeks ago and then upgraded to full release, so far i like it. It is faster than the 8.11 release. The only problem is the adobe flash player, but this would be a problem on any 64 bit linux, since Adobe doesn’t think it’s worth their time to compile it for those systems.

  11. #11 Jason Thibeault
    April 28, 2009

    Been using the RC on my laptop for quite some time, but just got around to upgrading the desktop yesterday. 9.04 is indeed pretty good. PulseAudio finally got sorted out properly such that I don’t have to restart it repeatedly when using Flash in Firefox, and the desktop boots in about 2/3rd the time it used to.

    I’m still finding the official ca.ubuntu.com repositories are deathly slow — responsive enough to be selected automatically ping-wise, but I get like 20k/s downloading upgrades. Switched to the main US repositories and I’m getting almost a meg a second and flooding out the rest of my home network whenever I do upgrades (gods forbid if I decide to upgrade both computers at once!).

  12. #12 Ray Ingles
    April 28, 2009

    What I’m most interested in is installing it on my PS3. There are two key fixes I needed to have before I went to the effort – first, they needed to get WPA encryption working on the wifi, and second, they needed the vram-swap working out of the box. (Linux on the PS3 can’t use the 3D card for graphics, but can use the video RAM as a fast swap device – important because the CPU only has 256MB of RAM.) Both of those reportedly made it into 9.04.

    Of course, now the hard drive I was using as a backup has died, and my wife needed to take my USB keyboard in to work. Well, maybe someday…

  13. #13 Dan J
    April 28, 2009

    I think maybe I’ll wait for Kunning Karp.

    Actually, that’ll be Karmic Koala (9.10), expected on 29 October 2009. According to Mark Shuttleworth, Koala “…will focus on improvements in cloud computing on the server using Eucalyptus, further improvements in boot speed as well as development on the Netbook Remix.”

  14. #14 clinteas
    April 29, 2009

    Who in their right mind would use KDE 4??
    Too slow,too resource-hungry.
    Jaunty has some graphics issues,and Compiz was fucked until RC,meant to be working now.
    As to download,use the torrent files,much quicker than the .iso.

    Overall its stable,reliable,safe,thats Linux for you !