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Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope Now In Beta 180

An anonymous reader writes "To little fanfare and not much news coverage, Canonical released the beta of Ubuntu 9.04 'Jaunty Jackalope.' I tried it on a Dell Mini 9 using the Ubuntu Netbook Remix (UNR) and it's fabulous! Much better than the sad 'Dell Desktop' that it shipped with. Finally, someone has broken the 25+ year old too-many-open-windows-and-chaos desktop paradigm with UNR's task oriented layout, which is perfect for small netbook screen sizes."
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Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope Now In Beta

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 27, 2009 @12:38PM (#27359163)

    What happens to Buntu after Shuttleworth stops funding it? Does it merge with some other distro? Does it get sold to Google?

  • Re:Screenshots (Score:3, Interesting)

    by AvitarX ( 172628 ) <me AT brandywinehundred DOT org> on Friday March 27, 2009 @01:05PM (#27359635) Journal

    You can see the new wallpaper anyway. []

  • Webcam (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Niris ( 1443675 ) on Friday March 27, 2009 @01:19PM (#27359897)
    Now if only they'd get Pidgin or something to work with webcams for IMing. Still can't get it to work on aMSN or Mercury :/
  • by MarcoG42 ( 1087205 ) on Friday March 27, 2009 @01:26PM (#27360021) Homepage
    I upgraded from Intrepid to Jaunty during Alpha 6, which at the time was using 2.6.29. I upgraded this morning, and it appears they have reverted to 2.6.28. I'm not sure why.
  • Re:It's a beta.. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by jdgeorge ( 18767 ) on Friday March 27, 2009 @01:46PM (#27360401)

    I don't see any reason to make a huge deal about any "new" Linux release.

    Well, two things:
    1. Yeah, that's the kind of news only Nerds would care about! Can't they find an appropriate forum for that?
    2. This is not about a new "Linux" release. It's about a new Ubuntu beta. By contrast, This is a story about a new Linux release. []

  • by chill ( 34294 ) on Friday March 27, 2009 @02:09PM (#27360767) Journal

    Have you been bitten by the bug where netbook-launcher sits at 100% CPU utilization? I had to remove it because it was making my EEE unusable.

  • by Xtifr ( 1323 ) on Friday March 27, 2009 @02:48PM (#27361431) Homepage

    what happens if *ubuntu becomes profitable?

    For a normal company, it would mean that it would become easier to pay their employees. For Ubuntu, it would mean that Mark Shuttleworth will have to find some other sink for his billions. :)

    Most likely means that at least one major monopoly has been broken

    Nope, doesn't mean that at all. There are already Linux companies making a profit. Making a profit simply means that you take in more money than you spend. It doesn't say anything about the size of your market share (although a large market share means you can take advantage of economies of scale, which can help make a profit). It is at least theoretically possible for a Linux company to make a profit with an installed base of only a few dozen. Which would hardly be a threat to anyone's monopoly. Now Ubuntu's business model means that they're going to have to have a much higher installed base than that before they are in any danger of making a profit, but they could still quite possibly make a profit without making a dent in any existing monopolies.

  • by indi0144 ( 1264518 ) on Friday March 27, 2009 @02:52PM (#27361519) Journal

    Sure I will try it this time. I tried Ubuntu 9.04 Alpha AMD64 the good thing it's that the new kernel supports all my hardware and it's a lot faster but I have problems with the nVidia 180 drivers on an integrated GeForce 8200. Not even editing the xorg by hand can get the stuff to display properly.

    Err, theres only DVD download option via torrent but since you can update to stable release from beta I think it's worth it. []

    I hope it works fine with unetbootin, installing from USB takes no more than 20 minutes including language updates :)

  • by jd ( 1658 ) <> on Friday March 27, 2009 @05:06PM (#27363497) Homepage Journal

    I have problems with 8.10 on my somewhat ancient Dell Dimension 2100 - lots of problems with latency and task switching - and I've yet to get the kernel to build from source for it. (Given I've built Linux kernels since the 0.9 days, it's not from lack of experience.)

    (The latest Fedora won't install on it at all. Hard lock-up when booting the GUI installer.)

    Sure, you expect support to decay for older machines, but this is hardly a Viglen 386SX we're talking about (Pentium IV is still in-vogue), I've upgraded the RAM, hard drive, DVD drive, ethernet and sound card, so it's all well above what these distros expect as minimum hardware.

    I'm considering 9.04 not because I'm particularly in need of new features, but because I can't get the existing features to work with the way the distro is built. If 9.04 doesn't improve, I'm giving up on other people's distros and patches, and building the whole damn thing from the vanilla sources from scratch.

  • by Nevyn ( 5505 ) * on Friday March 27, 2009 @06:39PM (#27364777) Homepage Journal

    Or not. The quote says "we are creeping towards $30 million" and that this would make Canonical "self-sustaining", for regular updates, which is their current model of very little development and a lot of marketing.

    So, yeh, it's possible that "creeping towards" does actually mean "really close to, and getting closer every day" and not just "going from 1 to 2 million this year". But I bet against that, personally.

    And who is paying that $30 mil, is it desktop people ... or self supporting server users like the French govt. / Wikipedia. My guess is that any money is coming from the later.

    So at the end of the creep towards $30 mil, what do you get? Still not enough money to fund actual development (feel free to log bugs and RFEs at, and a focus on servers instead of the desktop for what little work they do (because that's who is paying).

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