The Ubuntu project has published a release candidate, or final testing
version, for the upcoming 9.04 version of its popular Linux
"We consider this release candidate to be complete, stable and
suitable for testing by any user," Ubuntu developer Steve Langasek said
late Thursday in an e-mail.
When release candidates prove stable, they sometimes end up being final
production versions, although Ubuntu 9.04 still has a small number of
bugs to be fixed. The software, nicknamed Jaunty Jackalope, can be downloaded from Ubuntu's site.
For this release, the project has focused on faster boot speeds and a
new desktop notification system. The server version of Ubuntu 9.04 has
focused on integration with cloud computing (for example, integration
with Amazon.com services) and a more integrated mail server stack based
on the postfix and packages.
The 9.04 release of Ubuntu also integrates the
Netbook Remix software, which makes Ubuntu easier to use on the popular
low-powered laptops that have come to be known as Netbooks. Ubuntu 9.04
is known to work on Asus' Eee PC 900, Acer's Aspire One, and Dell's
Mini 9 devices.
Ubuntu 9.04 is scheduled to be released on April 23 and will be supported for 18 months.