Ubuntu Linux 9.04 'Jaunty Jackalope' Out Now

Ubuntu Linux 9.04 'Jaunty Jackalope' Out Now

After a long, long wait, Ubuntu Linux fans have been testing out the latest flavor all weekend. Ubuntu 9.04 Desktop, which is more affectionately known as "Jaunty Jackalope," has just been made available. Also of note, the Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix -- which is obviously tweaked to work best on low-power netbooks -- can be downloaded today. Oh, and if you're into servers, Ubuntu 9.04 Server is best suited for your needs.

If you're new to the Linux realm, here's an overview about what exactly this operating system -- which is totally free to download, install and use, by the way -- brings. Ubuntu is a community developed operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. Whether you use it at home, at school or at work Ubuntu contains all the applications you'll ever need, from word processing and email applications, to web server software and programming tools.Ubuntu is and always will be free of charge. You do not pay any licensing fees. You can download, use and share Ubuntu with your friends, family, school or business for absolutely nothing. We issue a new desktop and server release every six months. That means you'll always have the latest and greatest applications that the open source world has to offer. Ubuntu is designed with security in mind. You get free security updates for at least 18 months on the desktop and server. With the Long Term Support (LTS) version you get three years support on the desktop, and five years on the server. There is no extra fee for the LTS version, we make our very best work available to everyone on the same free terms. Upgrades to new versions of Ubuntu are and always will be free of charge.

Looking to give a new OS a try? There's hardly been a better time than now. Give it a download and see if you've found a winner.




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Also of note to Windows users: The installation CD includes Wubi (http://wubi-installer.org), which lets you install the entire OS into a directory on your existing Windows partition from within Windows (just put the CD in the drive with Windows running and follow the installation prompts).  And it's easily removable if you ever want the space back - just remove it from the Add/Remove window like it was a Windows app!

It's a great thing to have, even should you just need it to troubleshoot Windows system problems - I used it to download wifi drivers for the NIC in my kids PC when Vista didn't recognize it upon installation.

 

Some related videos:

[View:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9Xtn_KwsW4]

[View:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h905pHzkXPw]

 

 

Some vids of (free!) games you can install in Linux:

[View:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KIzRBWWp9M]

[View:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtnGoRfS3QI]

 [View:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIkuF9wxzhk]

 

 

And what happens when you still need to run some Windows apps but don't want to dual boot...

[View:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nl7VHGNZ3xU]

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I just installed this and it's amazing, everything works. I still have Windows-- when I first installed Windows I had partitioned half the hard drive. Ubuntu found that and put itself there. It installed from the CD in less than an hour. I'm using it because Windows had the most bizarre virus I've ever seen and my anti-virus software (Avast!) didn't seem to know it was there. I'm really happy with Ubuntu, and it's pretty and fast.

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One other thing to note is that if you already have Linux, you can upgrade to the newest version just by selecting the appropriate option in your package manager of choice.

Unlike Windows, where a clean-install is usually the much saner, better-performing option, there's no 'registry' in Linux to get bloated.  Each service keeps its config in separate files in /etc, and apps keep user settings in hidden directories (directories whose names start with a period) within the users' home directories.  This makes it super simple to migrate settings from one machine to another, or restore.

So, you don't have to worry about re-installing every six months.  I'm not sure what the "long, long wait" Shawn referred to was all about:  New versions come out like clockwork every six months (that's why they always end in .04 or .10 - it's the month of release).  Compared to the five-year wait between XP and Vista, that's pretty damned speedy.  I suppose he could have been speaking of time relative to anticipation.  :)

Also, there's nothing that says you can't upgrade and use the RC, beta, or even alpha versions (if you're especially daring) while they're still in development - it's as simple as editing one file then letting Apt do it's thing.  I actually ran 9.04 since alpha 1 (which came out one month after the 8.10 release).  But, I *highly* discourage that for anyone that doesn't plan to submit bugreports or understand how to manually edit their xorg.conf and grub files should things go bad.

If you do run into problems, the solution can usually be found in a post by one of the many helpful people at UbuntuForums (http://ubuntuforums.org) or as a suggested workaround in a bugreport at Launchpad (https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu).

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