I have been meaning to write a post for the new StaffsLug (Staffordshire Linux User Group) website for sometime. I had intended. for my first post. to write a bit on the UK Governments ‘Open Source, Open Standards and re-use Action plan‘ but this will have to come later. As this week saw the release of the latest version of the ever popular Ubuntu 9.04 I thought it important that the Staffslug website had a post, so I wrote the post below which can be found on the site itself here.
This week saw 100’s of release parties for arrival of the latest version of Ubuntu Linux. Code named Jaunty Jackalope Ubuntu 9.04 (9 for 2009 and 04 for April) has arrived on time based on Canonical’s 6 monthly release cycle. Ubuntu 9.04 is not an LTS (Long Term Support) edition so will get 18 months of free updates (LTS receive 2 years free updates and are generally thought to be more stable). As ever, work has already started on the next version 9.10 code named Karmic Koala with the next LTS version being 10.04 to be released in April 2010.
9.04 Ubuntu does not contain any radical changes, as is often the way with a 6 monthly cycle, but does finally include OpenOffice.org 3.0 and also promises faster boot time. Other improvements come from updates to Gnome (the default Ubuntu desktop) and application updates like Evolution (Ubuntu’s Outlook equivalent) which now comes with exchange server compatibility.
As well as the Gnome Desktop default 9.04 there is also Kubuntu 9.04 with KDE desktop, Xubuntu 9.04 with XFCE desktop, Ubuntu Server Edition 9.04 with no graphical user interface and the new Ubuntu Netbook remix 9.04 designed for netbooks like the Asus eee’s and the Acer Aspires.