Linux, Open Source & Ubuntu: 'Jaunty Jackalope' Ubuntu 9.04 Sets Out to Conquer Cloud, Netbook Territory

 
 
By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2009-04-23
 
 
 

'Jaunty Jackalope' Ubuntu 9.04 Sets Out to Conquer Cloud, Netbook Territory

 

'Jaunty Jackalope' Ubuntu 9.04 Sets Out to Conquer Cloud, Netbook Territory

Exchange Support in Evolution

Ubuntu's GNOME 2.26 desktop environment brings with it support for Microsoft's MAPI Exchange messaging protocol.

Exchange Support in Evolution

Ext4 File System

Jaunty includes Version 2.6.28 of the Linux kernel and offers support for the Ext4 file system as an option.

Ext4 File System

New Notifications

Ubuntu 9.04 sports a slick-looking new notification system.

New Notifications

OpenOffice.org 3.0

Jaunty includes the Office 2007 file-format-wrangling version 3.0 of the OpenOffice.org productivity suite.

OpenOffice.org 3.0

ImageWriter

I used usb-imagewriter to turn a 1GB USB memory stick into an installer and live test environment for Jaunty's netbook remix edition.

ImageWriter

Netbook Remix

I tried out the stick on an MSI Wind U100 with a 10-inch display, and I found that the remixed Jaunty release made the most of the small screen.

Netbook Remix

Smartphone-style Interface

The system did away with the familiar desktop, window and menu structure, and offered me instead an interface more akin to a smartphone.

Smartphone-style Interface

Switch Between Apps

A small bar atop the display contained links I could use to bring other open applications to the front or push everything to the back and expose the home screen again.

Switch Between Apps

Home Screen

When I followed one of the application or location links laid out on my home screen, the application or file manager window would fill the whole screen.

Home Screen

Server Roles

Ubuntu 9.04 offers to install bundles of server role-specific applications.

Server Roles

Encrypted Disks

To install a system with encrypted partitions, you must use Ubuntu's text-based "alternate" installer.

Encrypted Disks

Time Zone Picker

Ubuntu's graphical installer sports a handsome new time zone picker.

Time Zone Picker

Virt-Manager Networking

The virt-manager administration tool has picked up some new virtual network management functionality.

Virt-Manager Networking

Virt-Manager Storage

In addition, the virt-manager application offers more storage management flexibility.

Virt-Manager Storage

Xorg Options Editor

Ubuntu does a good job of auto-detecting display and graphics hardware, but xorg-options-editor might do the trick if you have special configuration options to set.

Xorg Options Editor

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