Ubuntu 9.04 RC released, final coming Thursday

While Microsoft preps their upcoming RC of Windows 7, and Apple continues work on Snow Leopard, the Ubuntu Linux team has already published the release candidate of their upcoming 9.04 version, dubbed "Jaunty Jackalope," and is set to publish the final version of the code on Thursday, April 23.

Some of the major features of this release include:

  • GNOME 2.26
  • UPnP support for Totem
  • MAPI support for the Evolution e-mail client
  • Improved multi-monitor support
  • X.org server 1.6, with Mesa 3D DRI, version 7.4
  • Wacom tablet hotplugging
  • New style for notifications and notification preferences
  • Quicker boot performance (30% faster)
  • Linux kernel 2.6.28
  • Ext4 filesystem support (ext3 will remain the default)
In the release notes for 9.04, the team cites some problems with their Ext4 support that are present in the release candidate, but that they say should be fixed before the final release.

The 9.04 release will be an important one for Canonical and the Ubuntu team, as it should be the release that is out and in use when Windows 7, Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" and Fedora 11 are released. That is, unless Windows 7 slips into an RTM at a date past October of this year, in which case Canonical will get a second chance when they release 9.10, which is already dubbed "Karmic Koala."

Download: Ubuntu 9.04 RC

To highlight the decreased boot time of Ubuntu 9.04, one user installed the beta onto their ThinkPad, equipped with a Intel X25-E solid state hard drive. The result was a boot time of only 17 seconds, from GRUB loader to starting Mozilla Firefox.

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i wish steam would support linux..... i would install it on my desktop....cause before i bought my copy of vista, i installed it, and god damn was it fast.

I live Near Seattle and in my experience the new releases are normally out anywhere from 5:00 - 6:00 A.M. release day, (just fyi that -7 GMT) currently as I post it's 12:29 A.M. On Thursday April 23rd. So there are a few hours to go still. I personally always order the CD and just wait for that before I do my install, that way there's no worry of downloads taking forever......

Safe to say that Ubuntu really is the Linux distro that comes closest to being able to say "It just works".
Polished, fast and functional. Factors that are very important to be able to make it big time on the desktop.

Agreed.. While I am happy with my Windows, I use Linux for more these days but its not my main OS. There are things linux and windows can't do so i use both.. Each have cons and pros.

Installed RC1 this week and it runs great. They actually recommend against installing msscorefonts package now, as the liberation font package includes many of the needed defaults. I have to say the system looks and runs beautifully.

The new notification system looks great. It reminds me of Growl notifications on mac. Its a small change, but really increases the overall feel of the OS.

There is an open issue with VLC not being able to run in a single window. It appears fixed according to the bug, but hasn't made it to the Jaunty repos yet.

I feel free the blue screens and jumping through hoops to make it look like I want, and nothing comes close to compiz.

I will try it as soon as it is published.

Ubuntu is one of my favorite distros, along with Fedora.

I don't use linux much, but i have to try new distros from time to time just for the sake of it.

Linux is a fine name... But Ubuntu? It would be great at some African tribe, but for the rest of the world this name is simply a marketing no go.

My dad says that whenever I say "Ubuntu," he starts thinking of hungry Africans running around with spears killing each other. Clearly they need a name to appeal to all races.

DanielZ said,
My dad says that whenever I say "Ubuntu," he starts thinking of hungry Africans running around with spears killing each other. Clearly they need a name to appeal to all races.

Yeah, no racist stereotypes there...

DanielZ said,
My dad says that whenever I say "Ubuntu," he starts thinking of hungry Africans running around with spears killing each other. Clearly they need a name to appeal to all races.

I always wanted an OS called Trailertrash.

Installed this using Wubi this morning. Pretty impressive honestly. Couldn't get the X-Fi to work, even with the closed drivers from Creative. No biggie, everything else seems to be fine.

ir0nw0lf said,
Installed this using Wubi this morning. Pretty impressive honestly. Couldn't get the X-Fi to work, even with the closed drivers from Creative. No biggie, everything else seems to be fine.


I also did the Wubi install; had no issues with my XtremeGamer (the newer LP version). However, there is a (separate) issue with AlsaMixer that forces the main volume to zero (check out the mixer applet for your graphical environment or alsamixer).

Yea no I have to ask that also... why release an RC at all, if you already have a set date for final. The whole point of an RC is to have it tested in a large setting, and find out if it's ready to go to the masses as a final product.

Obviously it either is already, or they just don't care. Since they have set a final date that it will come out, regardless of how it works.

I've been running the RC but I didn't try to switch to ext4. Will give it a go when the final comes out, given that people have said to wait there.

I have to say, though, that Intrepid-->Jaunty was a smooth transition. I had a few minor issues moving from Hardy to Intrepid.

xendrome said,
Yea no I have to ask that also... why release an RC at all, if you already have a set date for final. The whole point of an RC is to have it tested in a large setting, and find out if it's ready to go to the masses as a final product.

Obviously it either is already, or they just don't care. Since they have set a final date that it will come out, regardless of how it works.


Did you read the posted article at all?
In the release notes for 9.04, the team cites some problems with their Ext4 support that are present in the release candidate, but that they say should be fixed before the final release.
You see they obviously are ironing out wrinkles in ext4.

James7 said,
I've been running the RC but I didn't try to switch to ext4. Will give it a go when the final comes out, given that people have said to wait there.

I have to say, though, that Intrepid-->Jaunty was a smooth transition. I had a few minor issues moving from Hardy to Intrepid.

I would read a little more about it before going with ext4. It's not the default for a reason. I was hanging out in the irc channel and there was a small group of 6 or so complaining about lockups when changing tabs / switching screens, etc. I had it installed for a about 30 minutes until I went to the channel.

ahhell said,
What's the point in releasing an RC when the final comes out 4 days later??


Also, as has been the case with every *buntu RC since Edgy Eft, you can upgrade-in-place to the final code (something which only openSuSE among other major Linux distributions, has implemented.

Tried the Alphas and one beta, it boots really fast. Shame font rendering is still terrible in Ubuntu, altough not so bad in Kubuntu, where desktop font rendering is acutally quite nice, but both firefox and Konqueror still look nasty compared to Windows.

WTB: Cleartype font rendering in Gnome...

Yeah that is one major complaint I have about Linux/Gnome is the way it renders fonts. I followed some random steps off a tutorial one time and got it working beautifully for a while, then some Xorg update or something killed it. So I live with less then ideal rendering on my Linux box.

You can configure rendering quite a bit in Gnome though, to make it look entirely different from the default settings and at least very similar to the OS X antialiasing.

The font rendering is the only thing stopping Linux being full-time installed on my laptop, even with the approach of windows 7 (buying two copies of that for our desktops will be enough expense:) ).

Tried more tweaks than I care to mention for Gnome, and never got it looking good for my probably very picky eyes which just end up trying to "blink" away the blur, but as I said, Kubuntu default font settings are quite clear and readable. It's just webpage rendering (even with mscorefonts etc installed) that falls flat on it's face for me.

I don't see problems at all with font rendering, not even going back to Feisty Fawn. I don't know what I've been doing right, but it's all been clear. All I do after installing a new Ubuntu (including Jaunty) is go to the System/Preferences/Appearance menu and the Fonts tab and select "subpixel smoothing (LCDs)" and it looks clear to me. Hmmmmm....

tiagosilva29 said,
I don't have font issues in GNOME. And the reason why you don't have a bit better sub-pixel rendering is because of Microsoft's patents.

Huh? Microsoft has patents on their specific method of font rendering. There's nothing stopping another OS from implementing their own. I'm sure there's more than one way to do it.

GreyWolfSC said,
There's nothing stopping another OS from implementing their own. I'm sure there's more than one way to do it.

Uhm, no. They're forced to bend it like Beckham just to play ball.

Lannister said,
Tried the Alphas and one beta, it boots really fast. Shame font rendering is still terrible in Ubuntu, altough not so bad in Kubuntu, where desktop font rendering is acutally quite nice, but both firefox and Konqueror still look nasty compared to Windows.

WTB: Cleartype font rendering in Gnome...

IIRC it doesn't use the patented font smoothing algorithm so unfortunately you end up with something that is subpar. The best I can suggest is to learn how dpkg works and recompile freetype with the relevant switches enabled in ftoption.h

Lannister said,
Tried the Alphas and one beta, it boots really fast. Shame font rendering is still terrible in Ubuntu, altough not so bad in Kubuntu, where desktop font rendering is acutally quite nice, but both firefox and Konqueror still look nasty compared to Windows.

WTB: Cleartype font rendering in Gnome...

Dude you need to enable full hinting and sub pixel rendering. It's 100 x better than windoze

dwhall said,
dpkg-reconfigure fontconfig-config FTW


Hmm tried that one, but apparently it doesn't work like it did before? saw a thread on the ubunutu forums about it. NO longer gives you a string of options to choose from, it just automates recreating your font config or something, unless that's changed now for the release candidate.

tiagosilva29 said,
I don't have font issues in GNOME. And the reason why you don't have a bit better sub-pixel rendering is because of Microsoft's patents.


Not sure who holds what patents, but when you enable sub pixel smoothying in Gnome using OpenSolaris 2008.11 it wanrs you that you may need a lisence from Apple, not Microsoft...

Ugh, the font issue. I eventually grew tired of changing the font settings everytime i installed ubuntu, especially because they kept changing it themshelves with every version.

Fonts CAN be tuned to get desirable rendering ,but the truth is not all apps will abide to the same font settings, so in the end, no matter what you do, it will not look the same across all applications. open office has/had their own font aliasing across their apps, gtk1.x apps are different from gtk2, then the aps using QT... it's all a mess. then firefox looks as if it uses fonts of a smaller size than the rest of gnome.

artfuldodga said,
if i wanted to buy **** commercial software for my free OS, doesn't that defeat the purpose of ubuntu...

Umm... no? Some software costs money, deal with it.

artfuldodga said,
if i wanted to buy **** commercial software for my free OS, doesn't that defeat the purpose of ubuntu...

Ummm... no.

You obviously lack an understanding that "Free" means "libre", not "gratis".

Nor would installing Firefox on Windows violate some "purpose" in the reverse situation.

artfuldodga said,
if i wanted to buy **** commercial software for my free OS, doesn't that defeat the purpose of ubuntu...

No. Just because the OS doesn't cost anything, that doesn't mean that all applications for it will be free of cost. I really don't understand this line of thinking.. The cost of applications should be in line/proportionate with the cost of the OS? No. Anyone can price their product any way they want.