Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 24th Nov 2008 18:45 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "The Ubuntu developers have announced the availability of Ubuntu 9.04 alpha 1, the first prerelease for this version. Ubuntu 9.04 is codenamed Jaunty Jackalope and is scheduled for official release in April. The initial plans for Jaunty were published in September, prior to the release of Ubuntu 8.10. Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth aims to boost the software experience and make the popular Linux distribution more competitive with Windows and Mac OS X on the desktop. Canonical intends to push the platform into the mainstream by putting its resources into upstream usability improvements. In addition to the ongoing long-term usability enhancement efforts, Canonical and the Ubuntu development community are focusing on several specific technical goals for 9.04, including improving performance and boot time and integrating web services more tightly with the desktop."
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by moleskine on Tue 25th Nov 2008 11:08 UTC
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What are the standout features that justify Jaunty Jackalope's existence? What will it give me that I won't also be able to get on Fedora, SuSE or for that matter Debian? I don't mean vague promises from the marketing department but actual code that I'm highly likely to see in the finished product, and in Ubuntu and nowhere else. Without this, it seems to be that speculating about the next Ubuntu (or any other distro) is so much hot air, even though enjoyable.

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