With the recent release of Ubuntu 9.04 “Jaunty” alpha 6 this last week I thought I’d outline some of the upcoming new features awaiting us this April. I’d love to hear from those of you that have already been using the alpha releases and tell us your experience with some of the features listed here. Whether you’ve had good or bad experiences with the alpha releases please share what you’ve found with the community.
For more information on these upcoming features see the Ubuntu 9.04 alpha 6 notes.
- Xorg Server 1.6
- Font Size Optimization
- New Notifications and Preferences
- Linux Kernel 2.6.28
- Ext4 Filesystem Support
Xorg Server 1.6
The latest X.Org server, version 1.6, is available in Jaunty. For a little while, this will again cause increased instability for some users while the proprietary video drivers catch up.
Font Size Optimization
Font dot-per-inch settings are now optimized based on your monitor’s capabilities, rather than defaulting to 96 dpi. You can further customize your dpi settings via System → Preferences → Appearance → Fonts → Details…
New Style for Notifications and Notification Preferences
Included in Jaunty is a simple menu which can be used to set preferences for notification icons, such as where they pop up on the taskbar. There is a possibility that Ubuntu 9.04 will get a whole new notification system, as shown in the Flash movie here:
Linux Kernel 2.6.28
Alpha 6 includes the 2.6.28-8.26 kernel based on 188.8.131.52.