Designers of the "Jaunty Jackalope" distribution, which has formally hit the streets, have polished the hell out of its user interface since the last release in October.
The release candidate of the popular Linux distribution is out as the April 23 deadline draws near.
Version 9.04 of the Linux distribution, which includes improvements to the Gnome interface, the Linux kernel, and the X.Org server, is now available for download.
Beta-testing is under way for the Ubuntu One synchronization service for those running the Jaunty Jackalope version of the Linux software, aka Ubuntu 9.04.
Due in April, Ubuntu 9.04 is expected to focus on faster boot time and on blurring the line between desktop applications and Web-based software.
Dell is now offering the Studio XPS 13 laptop with Ubuntu Linux. If only it explained the benefits of running Linux instead of Windows.
If there is one problem the open-source community has suffered repeatedly over the past two decades, it's been fragmentation. Google is about to make it worse.
Next version of the Ubuntu Linux distribution includes a new notifications system, changes to the start-up process, and the distribution's first foray into cloud computing.
Ubuntu doesn't appear to be innovating much on the desktop these days, which may well be the point. Going forward, the important thing is making the operating system cloud-friendly.
Microsoft is hurting profits by winning the Netbook battle, a battle that Canonical's Ubuntu is about to make much harder.