Dear Ubuntu 9.04 users, the time has come to say goodbye to the Jaunty Jackalope release of the popular Ubuntu operating system. One month from today, on October 23rd, it reaches end of life.
Almost 18 months ago, on the 23rd of April, 2009, Canonical was proud to announce the release of Ubuntu 9.04, dubbed Jaunty Jackalope, which introduced features such as GNOME 2.26.1, Linux kernel 126.96.36.199, LZMA compression, automatic keyboard detection, Computer Janitor app, Brasero, PulseAudio, and of course, the wonderful system notifications powered by notify-osd!
Starting with October 23rd, 2010, Canonical will stop "feeding" the Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) operating system with security or critical fixes, and software updates!
Therefore, we strongly recommend upgrading your Ubuntu 9.04 machine(s) to the current version (Ubuntu 10.04.1 LTS). Or wait two more weeks for the brand-new and amazing Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat), due for release on October 10th, 2010.
"The supported upgrade path from Ubuntu 9.04 is via Ubuntu 9.10. Instructions and caveats for the upgrade may be found at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/KarmicUpgrades. Note that upgrades to version 10.04 LTS and beyond are only supported in multiple steps, via an upgrade first to 9.10, then to 10.04 LTS." - said Robbie Williamson in yesterday's announcement.
What is Ubuntu? Ubuntu is an open-source piece of software, 100% FREE to download and use. Users are free to customize or alter the included software in order to meet their needs.
Since its launch in October 2004, Ubuntu has become one of the most highly regarded Linux distributions with millions of users in homes, businesses, schools and governments around the globe.
The current release is Ubuntu 10.04.1 LTS (Lucid Lynx) and the next one, expected at the beginning of October, will be Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat).