The sixth and last alpha version of the upcoming Ubuntu 9.04 (codename Jaunty Jackalope) was uploaded a few minutes ago on the official mirrors. As usual, we've downloaded a copy of it in order to keep you up to date with the latest changes in the Ubuntu 9.04 development.
What's new in Ubuntu 9.04 Alpha 6? Well, the installer's revamped timezone map that we've presented in our last screenshot tour was recolored (see the fourth screenshot on the third row). The notification system was improved a little, for example the volume is different now and it shows Ethernet icons when an Internet connection has been established (see the third and fourth screenshots on the fourth row). Moreover, it looks like some of my prayers have been heard, because The GIMP has only one entry in the panel and not three, or two if you leave only the Toolbox opened (see the fourth screenshot on the first row). Last but not least, there are some new notifications for the logout, restart and shutdown actions, both with a sixty-second countdown (see the first and second screenshots on the fourth row).
Ubuntu 9.04 Alpha 6 comes with the release candidate of GNOME 2.26 (the final version is expected on Monday, March 16th), and the following updated applications:
· Compiz 0.8.2
· Pidgin 2.5.5;
· The GIMP 2.6.5;
· Transmission 1.51;
· Mozilla Firefox 3.0.7;
· Nautilus 2.25.93;
· Brasero 2.25.92.
The kernel packages have also been updated to version 2.6.28-9, based on Linux kernel 22.214.171.124.
What's new in Kubuntu 9.04 Alpha 6? Well, the sixth alpha version of Kubuntu 9.04 is built on top of KDE 4.2.1 and introduces a new software manager, called KPackageKit (frontend for packagekit).
Kubuntu 9.04 Alpha 6 comes with:
· Amarok 2.0.2;
· Qt 4.5;
· Quassel 0.4.0;
· KTorrent 3.2.0;
· Kdebluetooth 0.3.
Once again, a Live CD is available for everyone who wants to see for themselves what's new in Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu 9.04 Alpha 6 (see below for download links), without installing anything on the hard drive. See you again at the end of March for the Beta release of the upcoming Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope). We'll leave you now to enjoy the screenshot tour for the sixth Alpha version of Ubuntu, Kubuntu and by popular demand... Xubuntu!
November 22, 2008 - Alpha 1 release; December 19, 2008 - Alpha 2 release; January 16, 2009 - Alpha 3 release; February 5, 2009 - Alpha 4 release; February 26, 2009 - Alpha 5 release; March 12, 2009 - Alpha 6 release;
March 26, 2009 - Beta release;
April 16, 2009 - Release Candidate;
April 23, 2009 - Final release of Ubuntu 9.04.
What is Ubuntu? Ubuntu is a Linux distribution for your desktop or server, with a fast and easy install, regular releases, a tight selection of excellent packages installed by default, every other package you can imagine available from the network, and professional technical support from Canonical Ltd. and hundreds of other companies around the world.
Download Ubuntu 9.04 Alpha 6 (Jaunty Jackalope) right now from Softpedia.
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Download Kubuntu 9.04 Alpha 6 (Jaunty Jackalope) right now from Softpedia.
Download Xubuntu 9.04 Alpha 6 (Jaunty Jackalope) right now from Softpedia.
Download Edubuntu 9.04 Alpha 6 (Jaunty Jackalope) right now from Softpedia.
Download Ubuntu Studio 9.04 Alpha 6 (Jaunty Jackalope) right now from Softpedia.
Download Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.04 Alpha 6 (Jaunty Jackalope) right now from Softpedia.
Download Mythbuntu 9.04 Alpha 6 (Jaunty Jackalope) right now from Softpedia.
Remember that this is an alpha release and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended to be used for testing purposes only. Please report bugs to the Ubuntu Bug Tracker.