Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) Review!!!

Ubuntu is an open source operating system with the intention of supplying an up-to-date, stable operating system for the normal computer user. In addition to stability Ubuntu try to target ease of use and installation. Ubuntu can be used on almost anything including Desktops, Business PC’s, Notebooks and many others that are able to support x86 CPU or ARM CPUs, this has only been adapted in the 9.04 version.

In terms of ease of use, Ubuntu outshines Vista without a doubt. But it is arguably limited when it comes to software. Most applications written for Windows have not been ported with Linux, and therefore you may not be able to get your favourite programs running on Ubuntu. However, I don’t think this is much of a problem, as there is a whole world of open source out there, which sometimes provide even better functionality.

Jaunty is very good. Its the first version of a linux distribution that I’d pretty much recommend to anyone to try (with only a few minor issues..). It has made vast improvements over Hardy from a year ago. Its stable, snappy, and quite a number of annoyances that I experienced before have been fixed or minimised.

The new features
Ubuntu 9.04 uses GNOME 2.26.1 and Linux Kernel 2.26.28.
These 2 combined, creates a very nice interface.

 

All things that didn’t work for me in 8.10 or had to find a way to get them to work now works in 9.04 right from the start, like Wireless Internet and Bluetooth.
One feature that annoys me is that if you are logged in as Root through the command “sudo su”, you are forced to type in the password of any Super User account, or Root.
The feature I like the most is the new volume panel applet. Many of my Windows friends now want it on there OS.

 

In other facts, if you change the background, it shows a fading effect, which is very nice, through.
The default theme is the same old brown ‘Human’ theme. Ubuntu never does seem to work on it’s visuals very much. But there was surprise. Last time, Ubuntu introduced the DarkRoom theme. Now, in addition, there are two themes called ‘Dust’ and ‘Dust-Sand’. Dust is the closest Ubuntu has yet come to making a real, professional, working interface. It looks very nice, and the styling is easy on the eyes. All that disappointed me was that it had no wallpapers or icon-sets to complement the theme. Even the new dark theme New Wave looks nice.

Inside the upper layer
First thing that strikes you is that there is the unified notification system. I really enjoyed the fact that all applications can now channel their notifications into a single uniform message. No more mess! Email notifications, messenger messages, system notifications etc are all there. All in all, this is one of the most welcome changes, and it really helps those users that are used to putting lots of applications in their traybar.
Boot times have gone down, takes around 25 seconds to boot, this is lot lesser than earlier versions of Linux. The only full distro that boots faster for me is Dreamlinux. Though I hardly ever shut down my laptop, many people do.

To my surprise, the stability issues have disappeared if by magic. Here, the stability was no issue at all. I pushed the system as much as I can but the Jackalope held on. Impressive indeed. :D

Conclusion
To be honest, this is probably the least ground-breaking release of Ubuntu so far. My only complaint with this release is that it gave me very little to write about. Very few earthbreaking features, but rock solid stability. The netbook remix of Ubuntu 9.04, however, offers significant improvements over previous releases, and is worth a try if you use a netbook. Having said all this, Ubuntu is still miles ahead of any other desktop version of Linux, and this release does have some significant server platform developments. Personally, I think Ubuntu is on the same level as Windows and OS X. We’ll just have to wait and see where Ubuntu goes from now on.

Note: Ubuntu 8.10 onwards (9.04 too) has an IPV6 bug. This disallows users with static IPs from connecting to the internet, and some users have trouble disabling this behavior.

Here’s a very useful page about what do after installing the standard Ubuntu 9.04: Eva’s useful guide to Ubuntu 9.04
I’ll post a review of Ubuntu 9.04 on a Dell XPS M1530 in the near future..

Cheers… :)