Saturday, March 14, 2009

Interesting New Features in Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty

I took a look at the Alpha6 and these are the noticible differences to 8.10.

New login screen

I think it's pretty hot!

New Notification System

Mark Shuttleworth talked at length about the new "out of your way" notification system. It's definitely better looking than the old one.

As you can see in this screenshot, the new system includes a notification icon. This notification is that Pidgin needs some setup. It was kind of confusing that I had three icons (Pidgin's notification area icon, the new system's icon, and the user switcher icon) for a single application.

Totem Plugins

Totem has some cool new plugins. It has uPnP capability installed by default, Jamendo playlists, automatic subtitles, and the ability to turn the current playlist into a DVD or VCD. These plugins make A/V networking and backup a simple matter.
Writing a DVD is as simple as using File > Create Video Disk ...
Although it doesn't appear functional at this point.
Brad Sucks is my favorite Jamendo artist, so I searched for him. I'm not exactly sure why this plugin duplicates Rhythmbox functionality (RB is dead, BTW .... more on that in a later post). Maybe GNOME will move toward a single player.

New Brasero Interface

Brasero has a recent projects pane.

The F-Spot Sidebar Bug and Add-ins

The awful bug which causes the F-Spot sidebar to be completely hidden (zero width) hasn't been resolved yet (though the fix is in Trunk). I've dragged it out a little in the screenshot in order to show you that it's really there.
Export filters exist for quite a few online services.

New Ekiga Interface

Ekiga 3.0 has a brand new (an long awaited) interface makeover. It now shows important things like availability. Go, Ekiga!!! 3.0

There was a bit of an outcry when OO.o3 didn't make the cut for Intrepid 8.10, but there was no problem getting it into Jaunty 9.04 -- though there was a lot of trouble integrating it ... but that's another post.

Also: The Latest Firefox

Also: The GIMP 2.6.5



Other than the first couple, these are not Ubuntu accomplishments, but rather represent new inclusions.

I hate to see Ubuntu unjustly criticised for things it is not responsible for and I also don't like giving credit where none is due.

You miss the boat in not dealing with what the goals of Jaunty were. Did they meet those goals? If so, it is successful. If not, it is time to re-evaluate.


I don't think I gave credit to Ubuntu for any of this except the notification system. It's OSS so very little of the work is done by the distribution, especially when you are talking about version bumps in applications. I think I said just this:
"I took a look at the Alpha6 and these are the noticeable differences to 8.10." Since I use Lenny on my home desktop, I may even have gotten some of those differences wrong. I certainly didn't give responsibility to anyone.

"You miss the boat in not dealing with what the goals of Jaunty were. Did they meet those goals? If so, it is successful. If not, it is time to re-evaluate." This was a quick, visual run-through of the new release. I have another article dealing with blueprints coming up, just like I do for almost every release.

Relax, dude. Take a chill pill.


I've abandoned Ubuntu at 7.10, since I wasn't able to do the simplest thing: Play my surround movie using my Creative surround 5.1 speakers. I've spent 4 weekends on this issue without any luck.

Chilligan said...

Man. These updates seem to fly out... as soon as I get settled with one the next one's knocking at my door ;)

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