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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.
29 November 2008 - Plus Other Package Fun
We've talked about Plymouth now a number of times at Phoronix, which is Red Hat's RHGB replacement starting with Fedora 10 and uses newer Linux technologies like kernel mode-setting to drive this graphical boot screen. As we shared in our detailed analysis of Plymouth it also offers a number of plug-ins and APIs for creating some fairly unique visuals. Now it looks like Plymouth may make its way into Ubuntu.
28 November 2008 - It's Being Discussed... - 30 Comments
One of the planned development changes for Ubuntu 9.04 (the Jaunty Jackalope) is transitioning all Ubuntu source packages to having their own Bazaar repositories. From there, anyone can then clone these source-code repositories and do whatever they wish.
27 November 2008 - Part Of The Jaunty Transition - 6 Comments
Canonical and ARM have jointly announced today that they are porting Ubuntu to the ARMv7 processor architecture in time for the release of Ubuntu 9.04 (the Jaunty Jackalope). Ubuntu is coming to the ARM platform for emerging netbooks and hybrid computers using this architecture.
13 November 2008 - Canonical And ARM Get In Bed - 4 Comments
Ubuntu 8.10 hasn't even been out for a week, but the release schedule for the next version of Ubuntu, 9.04 (the Jaunty Jackalope), has been published. The first alpha release of Ubuntu 9.04 will come in just seventeen days and a second alpha release will be out in time for Christmas. There will be a total of six alpha releases for Ubuntu Jaunty until the beta release at the end of March. Following that release, there will be a release candidate and then the final release of Ubuntu 9.04 on April 23, 2009. The release schedule for Ubuntu 9.04 can be read on the Ubuntu Wiki.
3 November 2008 - The Jaunty Gets Detailed
With the final release of Ubuntu 8.10 (the Intrepid Ibex) coming out next Thursday, it's time for the one and only release candidate in the 8.10 series. Canonical's Steve Langasek has announced the 8.10 release candidates this afternoon for the Ubuntu Desktop, Ubuntu Server, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu Studio, and Mythbuntu editions.
23 October 2008 - The Intrepid Ibex Will Fly Next Week - 8 Comments
As expected, the beta release of the forthcoming Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex" has been released this afternoon. In addition to the desktop spin, the server release of the Ubuntu 8.10 Beta had also occurred. Likewise, the 8.10 Beta releases for Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu Studio, and Mythbuntu are all available.
2 October 2008 - Kubuntu, Ubuntu Studio, Et Al Too - 3 Comments
Ubuntu users were promised a radical new desktop theme with Ubuntu 8.04 and then that ended up getting postponed to the upcoming 8.10 release (a.k.a. the Intrepid Ibex). There was a new brown theme that had appeared early on in Intrepid but many users were dissatisfied with this work and Canonical ended up reverting the theme to that of Ubuntu 8.04 and earlier. Though with the Intrepid artwork final deadline passing last week, what does the desktop look like in the Ubuntu 8.10 Beta release due out this week? Here are some screenshots.
30 September 2008 - A New Nasty Background - 31 Comments
Early this morning we published an article on Ubuntu's BulletProofX taking a simpler approach for its fail-safe mode when the X Server fails to properly start. No longer is the user bound to displayconfig-gtk but there is a menu system with options for diagnosing the problem and reconfiguring the xorg.conf. However, since that article went live we have a few more details on this revision to BulletProofX.
19 September 2008 - Bryce Harrington Talks - 2 Comments
Gerry Carr has announced on the Canonical Blog that Fluendo and CyberLink will now be selling their multimedia wares through the Canonical Store. Fluendo is the company supporting the development of GStreamer and they sell several proprietary codecs for providing a legal media playback experience on Linux. Among these codecs are Windows Media, MPEG2, and MPEG4. CyberLink on the other hand is selling their PowerDVD software for Ubuntu.
17 September 2008 - CyberLink PowerDVD Within Ubuntu
Firefox, what's not to love about this open-source web browser? Well, a number of users following the development work on Ubuntu 8.10 (the Intrepid Ibex) are feeling rather outraged over Mozilla Firefox 3.0.2 and later. In the latest Ubuntu packages, Firefox requires an EULA (End-User License Agreement) be accepted the first time you launch the browser. The EULA mostly deals with agreeing to Mozilla's trademark policies for Firefox.
14 September 2008 - Mozilla's EULA Disgusts Some... - 42 Comments
There's still a month left until the Intrepid Ibex is released (or perhaps better known as Ubuntu 8.10), but Mark Shuttleworth has begun outlining the plans for the next Ubuntu release. Following Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex" will be... the Jaunty Jackalope!
9 September 2008 - Ubuntu 9.04 Rough Outline Planned - 20 Comments
With almost a month having went by since Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 4 was released, the fifth alpha release is now available for testing. This release most significantly swaps out the Linux 2.6.26 kernel for 2.6.27 for reasons we shared in a previous article. We are very happy to see the Linux 2.6.27 kernel being used. In addition, this release is shipping with the latest GNOME 2.24 bits which also bring some interesting features for the Linux desktop.
6 September 2008 - Linux 2.6.27 Kernel Love - 8 Comments
Generating buzz this morning with the release of the Linux 2.6.27-rc4 kernel is word that Ubuntu may switch to the Linux 2.6.27 kernel for their forthcoming 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex" release. Canonical's Ben Collins has proposed on the Ubuntu development mailing list that Intrepid be switched to using the Linux 2.6.27 kernel instead of using 2.6.26.
21 August 2008 - Ubuntu Considers Switching - 23 Comments
For those of you interested in open-source Java and are Ubuntu users, you'll be pleased to know that OpenJDK 6 was promoted to Ubuntu main and has now become the default Java Run-Time Environment (JRE) and Java Development Kit (JDK) starting with Ubuntu 8.10. OpenJDK is the open-source version of Java and is compliant with version 6 of Java. With Ubuntu 8.10 on x86 and x86_64 architectures, the Hotspot VM with its JIT (Just In Time) compiler is used as the default virtual machine. More information on these Java changes for Ubuntu can be found on ubuntu-devel-announce.
30 July 2008 - An Open Java For Ubuntu Intrepid - 14 Comments
While not too much for the end-user has changed since Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 2, Canonical has just announced the release of Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex" Alpha 3. The release announcement for Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 3 can be read on the mailing list and a few added pieces of information on the Ubuntu Testing Wiki.
25 July 2008 - A New Ubuntu Alpha Release - 16 Comments
This evening at OSCON 2008, Mark Shuttleworth had keynoted and talked about driving innovation within free software, the Web, and Linux on mobile devices were among the topics during his 30 minute talk.
22 July 2008 - Mark Shuttleworth Said So At OSCON - 6 Comments
Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 1 arrived over two weeks late, but Alpha 2 has just been made available and its arriving only one day late. The development cycle for Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex" is still young and there isn't too much to interest the end-user at this time aside from what we had shared in our Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 1 preview.
11 July 2008 - The Second Ubuntu Intrepid Alpha Build - 4 Comments
BulletProofX was a less-exposed feature that was introduced with Ubuntu 7.10 as a fail-safe mode when X.Org wasn't able to properly start -- generally caused by improperly installing the ATI/NVIDIA proprietary driver or by incorrectly configuring the xorg.conf. The BulletProofX mode just sets the X server to run at 800 x 600 with 256 colors while showing Ubuntu's displayconfig-gtk utility (another Ubuntu 7.10 feature). While it leads to an easy experience for novice end-users, it impedes the process for experienced users of being able to easily debug the problem by viewing the failed log and then dropping to a terminal to address the problem manually. Fortunately, it looks like BulletProofX may be disabled by default within the forthcoming Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex" release.
6 July 2008 - Worst Ubuntu Innovation To Go AWOL? - 43 Comments
It's going on three months since Ubuntu 8.04 was released with Long-Term Support, but arriving today is the first update for this LTS release. Ubuntu 8.04.1 LTS adds in over 200 package updates -- that address both bugs and security issues. One of the big changes that's noticeable to the end-user is upgrading against Firefox 3.0 final. More information on the changes along with download links for Ubuntu 8.04.1 LTS is available in the Ubuntu mailing list message.
3 July 2008 - Over 200 Fixes In Ubuntu LTS Update - 2 Comments
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