Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope Beta Released

Today marked the Beta Release day for the next release from Ubuntu, bringing us from Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex to Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope Beta.

If you’ve been waiting for a stable version of Jaunty Jackalope to upgrade to then you may have found the right version with the release of this Beta. Although Beta indicates that the product is not complete and may contain a few bugs, I have been using Ubuntu 9.04 since the early alpha stages and have watched it develop into what it is now…which is a very solid Beta release with no problems that I’ve experienced.

If you’re ready to upgrade then you can find a simple step by step guide that I wrote: How-To: Upgrade to Ubuntu 9.04 and ext4

If you’re still not ready to upgrade then you’ve only got a month to wait until the Final Release is scheduled to be made public.

To get a full list of changes that have been introduced in Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope thus far, please take a look at the Beta release notes.

The Ubuntu Dust theme is now available in the Themes list as well. I highly recommend that you give this theme a try and take a look at my Dust skin for Opera.

Also new with 9.04 is a redesigned boot screen and login window. Some new artwork, such as backgrounds, have been added to the mix as well now, however, I don’t think they are completely finished just yet.