As far as the features go, this is what has been added since 8.10 —
- Linux kernel 2.6.28
- GNOME 2.26
- X.Org server 1.6
- New style for notifications and notification preferences
- Boot performance
- Ext4 filesystem support
- And other stuff
A complete list along with download links can be found here.
The most noticeable among these I think is the boot performance. Ubutnu 9.04 still uses ext3 as default root but provides the option to use ext4. I decided to go for ext4. I dont know whether it is ext4 or the boot performance improvements, but startup and shutdown are noticeably faster than 8.10.
The new style for notifications and notification preferences is also a good addition, but it proves to be more of annoyance in certain cases ( pidgin and empathy). Moreover the options for enabling and disabling this aren’t very well maintained. In pidgin you need to disable a plugin to get it to stop — not good for the new user. Basically, this system needs to be polished a bit more.
As far as the performance goes, well this Phoronix article compares Fedora 11 beta and Ubuntu 9.04 beta (with ext3) and Ubuntu beats Fedora with ease ( atleast in the beta stage). So I am guessing performance is not much of an issue. I have now been using the beta for 5/6 days now and there has been no crash, lockup etc. So stability does not seem to be an issue either. Good.
However, there are a few annoyances that I noticed ::
- Amarok 2
For some reason or the other Amarok 2 has been included as the default amorok version. This is not good. Amarok 2 might be _the_ player of the future but it still lacks many features that 1.4 had. As far as I am concerned this was a bad choice. But I guess installing an older version of amarok isnt much of a chore. A PPA for Amarok 1.4 for Jaunty can be found here.
pulseaudio has been wreaking havok across all linux distros for some time now. It will eventually get much better. Jaunty has a much polished version of pulseaudio but it still needs to be worked on.
But I guess a software version and pulseaudio are the only real problems that I found with this beta. With the final release only about 2 weeks away, I think this is going to be another good and solied Ubuntu release.
PS :: The new GDM login screen is coool…Screenshots of the same and more can be found here.