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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RE: Comment by moleskine
by Kokopelli on Tue 25th Nov 2008 14:35 UTC in reply to "Comment by moleskine"
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The goals for 9.04 will not be defined/finalized till the Ubuntu Developer Conference in December. This is about a month later than usual but so be it.

Given your clearly competitive take on what a distro should deliver to differentiate itself you are not likely to be satisfied with any answers that come oout of the UDC though. Early indicators are that, outside of ARM/netbook support and KDE 4.2 for Kubuntu, most of the goals will be feature refinement rather than new ones. Faster boot time, identify perfomance bottle necks, UI usability enhancements, new version of gnome.... Evolution, not experimentation.

We will know more in about 3 weeks though. Given the late date of the UDC I would expect the change sets to be more conservative than might have been the case if the conf occurred a month earlier.

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