Posted by: reformedmusings | April 19, 2009

Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope Release Candidate

I’ve been playing with the Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope betas for a while, but didn’t have much to write about. Now that Jaunty is in RC, I thought it worth a short post. Bottom line is that there are few noticeable difference from Intrepid – and that’s OK.

Jaunty has new login screen and wallpaper schemes. The background sticks with the Ubuntu orange/brown color schemes. (NOTE: The gadget placements on the top and bottom menu bars is off a bit in these screenshots due to video resizing issue in the virtual machine. They will be right-justified in a host installation.)


Perhaps the actual release will have a more inspiring wallpaper.

Under the hood, you won’t see much difference. There’s a new utility called Computer Janitor that finds and offers to delete unneeded packages:


There have been other utilities in the repository that did this, but it’s nice to have it available on the System/Administration menu.

The CD/DVD Creator moved to the Applications/Accessories menu, but otherwise looks unchanged:


A nice addition to the System/Administration menu is the USB Startup Disk option:


This allows you to create a startup USB stick from an .iso image that will put an Ubuntu Live CD-like image on a stick. This would be handy for those who move from computer to computer doing installations. It’s much easier to carry a stick in your pocket than a CD.

Brasero Disk Burner has also been updated by a major version:


I’ve not had good experiences with Brasero 0.8.2 in Intrepid. Hopefully this new version made some major improvements. It still looks to be a long way from k3b in KDE.

Other changes include kernel version, Gnome Desktop 2.26, and X.Org server 1.6. Ubuntu advertises improved boot time, improved multiple-monitor support,  and better cloud computing compatibility.

Probably the most dramatic change behind the scenes is the inclusion of ext4 file system support, although ext3 is still the default on installation. Ext4 is also supported by an updated GParted, though GRUB apparently has problems with it. You can read about ext4 on this page. It sounds good but there are still bugs in the new files system, including a possible kernel panic and file system corruption caused by accessing large files. Looks like it would be best to wait and see how things turn out.

After all installation and updates, Jaunty occupies 3.1 GB of disk space, including a complete office suite, photo editing and multimedia software. It runs in 175 MB of RAM on initial bootup. Compare that with Windows 7 Beta Build 7057 which occupies 7.3 GB and uses 452 MB RAM on inital loading. And that’s without an office suite, photo editing, or full-featured CD/DVD stripping/burning, etc. Of course, then there’s the price difference. 🙂

There’s a corresponding release for Kubuntu. It includes KDE 4.2.2 desktop system with Qt 4.5 for increased performance, Amarok 2.02, DigiKam 0.10.0 updated for KDE4, and a number of new gadgets.

I can report that VMWare Tools will not install into Jaunty in a virtual machine. I don’t know yet if VMWare Workstation will install into Jaunty yet, since I’m only testing it in a virtual machine at the moment. Forum posts indicated issues with Workstation in Jaunty alpha.

That’s about it for significant changes in Jaunty. I haven’t had any significant issues in Intrepid, but will probably upgrade to Jaunty soon after its final release. The timing will depend on VMWare Workstation 6.5x compatibility. There don’t seem to be any other drawbacks to doing so. I’d like to move to an ext4 file system for the performance increase, but will wait until it settles out a bit.

Did I mention that Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope is free?

UPDATE: I updated from Intrepid to Jaunty and recorded the process here.



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  3. I installed Ubuntu 9.04 inside a VM and also could not get the tools installed. But I did try open vm tools and it successfully compiled/built all the modules and it looked like it installed fine. The vmware network adapter was running and I also shared a folder. But the vmmouse was not working (did not grab/ungrab) and copy/paste and drag/drop was not working (maybe do to the mouse).

  4. Hmmm, I hadn’t tried the open tools. I’ll give that a shot this weekend in the final 9.04 release. Thanks for the report!

  5. FYI:
    I used open-vm-tools-2009.03.18.tar.gz
    I couldn’t get any of the later versions to install (maybe missing dependencies?).

  6. OK, after some research I did this in terminal:
    aptitude install xserver-xorg-input-vmmouse

    Now my mouse works fine and drag/drop is working.
    Copy/Paste is working fine to.

    I am very pleased to get this working. Time to play 😀

  7. Excellent find. I will give it a shot later this week.

  8. If you are interested, I found a script on the internet for auto install of open vmtools for Ubuntu v8.04.
    I modified it for v9.04 (adding extra dependencies and adding vmare-user to auto start for drag/drop and cut/paste. Also some dependencies not in the Ubuntu repository)).
    I’m not sure if you allow download links here so let me know I can post it. You can look it over. I tried the script on Ubuntu, Ubuntu Studio and Xubuntu. I’m currently testing it on Kubuntu.

  9. Sure, you can put a link to the script in your comments. I’d love to check it out. Thanks!

  10. OK here:

    You need to set the script to execute (in permissions).
    Make sure the original VMWare Tools are mounted.
    Then run the script in terminal as sudo. Example:
    sudo /path/to/

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