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Ubuntu 9.04 release candidate arrives
Written by Daniel   
Friday, 17 April 2009 11:20

The Ubuntu 9.04 release candidate is now available for download. The final release is scheduled for next week. The new version introduces several improvements, such as Canonical's new notification system.

By Ryan Paul | Last updated April 17, 2009 10:48 AM CT

A new version of the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution is scheduled for release next week. A release candidate was made available for download on Thursday to facilitate a final round of testing before the official launch. The new version—9.04, codenamed Jaunty Jackalope—includes some useful improvements and delivers higher reliability than the last few Ubuntu releases.

Ubuntu is developed on a six-month release cycle and always ships with the latest version of the GNOME desktop environment. The individual Ubuntu releases typically bring a handful of incremental enhancements in addition to updated software. We looked at the beta release last month. The changes since then have mostly been subtle refinements that improve the user experience. Several of the bugs that I identified in my beta review, such as the lack of dual-head support in the notification system, have been fixed.

Ubuntu 9.04 will ship with GNOME 2.26, which introduces UPnP support for totem and MAPI support for the Evolution e-mail client. It also includes version 2.6.28 of the Linux kernel, in which the new Ext4 filesystem is designated as stable. Ext4 is included in Ubuntu 9.04, but it is not enabled by default as there are still some potential glitches that need to be resolved before it is robust enough for mainstream use. [ARS Technica....]    [Comments...]

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