Apr
25
2009

Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope Review

Today morning downloaded and installed Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope in my Dell XPS M1530. I downloaded the .iso file and burbed it into a cd. 1st burning failedand I lost that cd. I burned again in a new one and it worked.

I loaded the CD in to the drive and booted from the CD. 1st I checked CD for any errors, it took around 2-3mnts. Then I searched for an update option and i couldn’t find any update option in the list. So I decided to go for a clean install. I set my keyboard, timezone and the next step was to select the install location. I choosed manually partition option, I had my previous linux partition(ext3) and the swap space. I choosed those and formated the ext3 with new ext4 file system.

Copying the new files took around 10 mnts and then I restarted my machine. I choosed my username and password and skipped importing users settings from my Windows Vista.

Ubuntu desktop screenshot

Ubuntu desktop screenshot

All these installation took around 20mnts and I got my desktop :-) .

I had problems for detecting bluetooth, wireles, sound and touchpad with previous releases. This  time everything detected automatically and even I connected my mobile via bluetooth and transfered the files.

Only one time i got bluetooth and wireless icons on the system tray. I don’t know where those icons went after a reboot.

Then I connected to the internet and installed few softwares. I installed Wine and then gtalk, yahoo and chome using Wine. None of them is working :( . Chrome is not loading any pages, signed in gtalk but no text is showing(check the screenshoot). Pidgin is working but I can’t signin with my google apps id.

Uubuntu 9.04 screenshot

Uubuntu 9.04 screenshot

Gatlk in Ubuntu with Wine

Gtalk in Ubuntu with Wine

1) X.Org server 1.6/GNOME 2.26. The first part gives you peppier video performance, while the second gives you a really, nice integrated desktop.

2) Evolution 2.26.1. Evolution is now a complete and total Linux replacement for Outlook.

3) Fast Booting.

4) Ext4 file-system support. Ext4 is simply faster than Ext3 without the stability problems.

5) Linux kernel 2.6.28-11.37. Improved disk performance; better SSD (solid-state drive) support; and superior virtual memory scalability.

Ubuntu 9.4 login session

Ubuntu 9.4 login session

For me:

  • Total installation time: Around 30mnts to get the desktop.
  • Got login menu in 26 seconds and then desktop in 10seconds. So total around 36 seconds booting time.
  • Shutdown time: 15seconds.

Problems facing

  • Webcam is not yet detected.
  • Sound is very very low.

I am playing around it and now no power here. So itz the time to shutdown the system and will write in detail in the coming days.

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Author: Arun Vishnu

6 Comments + Add Comment

  • hiii arun i read your review, can we install all windows application in wine ??????????

  • Hi Kiran,
    Yes you can install windows applications in linux using Wine. Checkout the compatibility list here: http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=application&sTitle=Browse%20Applications&sOrderBy=appName&bAscending=true

  • Try Kubuntu, it is even more better than Ubuntu with more apps and fun and eye candy…

  • Meh kubuntu sucks, gnome ftw.

  • do u fixed the font problem with gtalk?

  • Hi Arun,

    I have Dell inspiron 1520. I have seen that you are facing some problem. I too was facing similar problems with these two, but fortunately could solve them. I am not sure you still need the solution. Anyways, here it is,

    * Webcam is not yet detected.

    My webcam was not detected by Camorama Webcam Viewer, so I tried Cheese Webcam Booth and it worked without any problem. Use it directly from add and remove applicaitons.

    * Sound is very very low.

    I have tried ALSA drivers for my sound card and from the Sound setting under System –> Preferences –> Sounds I am using OSS rather then ALSA. The sound did increase considerably and I am happy with the sound it is giving now, as compare to earlier that was very feeble.

    Hope it helps.

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