Posts Tagged ‘Linux’

Ubuntu 9.04 Beta :: Impressions

April 5, 2009
The next Ubuntu release is quite close now. So how is the Jaunty Jackalope shaping up?

Ubuntu: For Desktops, Servers, Netbooks and in the cloud

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.