The next version of the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution is due out on April 23rd. But if you just can't wait that long, you can download the release candidate of Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope
today. If there aren't any major bugs found in the candidate, no changes will be made in the next week and you'll have a few day's head start on all your loser friends who wait until the 23rd to install the operating system.
For the most part, Ubuntu 9.04 RC looks a lot like Ubuntu 9.04 Beta which was released last month
. Most of the work over the last few weeks has been in making the operating system more stable. But here are a few of the changes since Ubuntu 8.10 was released last fall:
- Updates to the Linux kernel, X.Org server, GNOME and KDE interfaces
- Support for the Ext4 file system
- Improved handling of multiple monitors
- Improved boot speeds
- Updated software including newer versions of Firefox and OpenOffice.org
There's also now a version of Ubuntu designed to run on ARM processors, which means Ubuntu will be able to run on a number of upcoming netbooks and mobile internet devices built around chips that can't run Windows.