Ubuntu 9.04 Alpha Released

The second alpha version of Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) has been released. Innovations: software updates were continued, the code of the latest test snapshot version X Server 1.6 / X.Org 7.5, Firefox 3.1-beta and Linux kernel 2.6.28-rc8 was integrated, the open Nouveau driver was included. When testing, it should be borne in mind that the proprietary ATI fglrx and Nvidia drivers do not work with X Server 1.6, and there are also problems with video cards based on Intel i845 and i865 chips.
The main directions of development: reducing boot time, optimizing power consumption (for example, disabling Wifi with active Ethernet), integrating desktop environments with web services, transferring the development of all project subsystems to using the Bazaar source control system (for all Ubuntu src packages, several weeks branches were created back in the Bazaar repository), a tool for encrypting the contents of individual user home directories, preparing the assembly for mobile devices based on the ARMv7 platform, enabling PIE (Position Independent Executable) mode by default for executable files in x86_64 assembly.

Currently, the page of innovations planned for implementation contains only three items: creating an LDAP DIT (Directory Information Tree) for managing users and groups, creating an editor for X.Org configuration files, and preventing the X server from restarting by pressing ctrl-alt-backspace.

The third alpha version will be released on January 15, the release will be released on April 23, 2009