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Firefox 3.1, Linux 2.6.28 Enter Ubuntu 9.04

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Published on 29 November 2008 08:13 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu
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The first alpha build for Ubuntu 9.04 was released a week ago and there wasn't too much to take note of in this inaugural development release for the Jaunty Jackalope. Many of the packages were the same as what can be found in Ubuntu 8.10, there was the same theme, and the exciting Ubuntu 9.04 features have yet to be implemented. However, since that release several new packages have been accepted into Jaunty that begin to show change.

While Ubuntu 9.04 will hopefully be shipping with the Linux 2.6.29 kernel, the latest release candidate for Linux 2.6.28 is currently the default kernel in the Jaunty repository, which is a step-up compared to Linux 2.6.27 in the Intrepid Ibex release.

Perhaps more interesting to end-users than a new kernel is a Firefox upgrade. Firefox 3.1 will be the web-browser in this next Ubuntu release. The Ubuntu package in the development repository is currently based off of Firefox 3.1 Beta 2. Some of the features for Firefox 3.1 and the Gecko 1.9.1 engine that powers it can be found on the Mozilla Wiki.

Ubuntu developers are also transitioning from Mono 1.9 to Mono 2.0 with many of the updated packages already appearing in the Jaunty repository.

Exciting us this week from the changes in the Ubuntu 9.04 package set include the libdrm (the Direct Rendering Manager library) being bumped to version 2.4.1 and the Intel 2.5 graphics driver being introduced. With those updates plus the Linux 2.6.28 kernel, it would be possible to easily build the Intel driver with the Graphics Execution Manager enabled.

Many other packages have also been updated in the past few days -- including NetworkManager and a horde of GNOME software. To see all of the changes, look at the jaunty-changes archives. If you are really interested, there is the jaunty-changes mailing list, which is very high traffic as you'll be notified anytime a new package is accepted for into 9.04.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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