Wednesday, April 22, 2009

1 Day till the Jackalope is on the loose

One more day till Ubuntu's Jaunty Jackalope is released. A release that I look forward to.

The new Gnome is supposed to have better dual monitor support which is necessary given my old laptop that I often hook up to my Samsung 42" LCD TV in order to watch Hulu. In the past it has been a little bit of a hassel switching between the laptop and laptop + TV. Between Gnome 2.26 and X.Org 1.6 I'm hoping this becomes a smoother process until I can build my MythTV box.

I'm not sure if I'll update to the Ext4 file system though. If I do it will be on my older laptop which is more suitable to being wiped out and reinstalled. If all goes well I may go ahead and update my aging Ubuntu 7.10 system. However it is still working flawlessly so I may not brake whats not broken.

Over all I'm looking forward to the release but I don't think it's a huge game changer. My one hope is that more people will try it and see if it works well enough for their needs. So far my wife has has little problem with her laptop after I deleted her corrupted Vista install (the SP1 update killed it) and has only complained to me when it couldn't get on the network, which was really a problem with the access point.

A cautionary note:

For you die hards who are itching to gab this update, you may want to hold off a couple of days. As usual the Ubuntu release date is going to be flooded with requests to download and will probably be very slow. I know that last time I tried to download 8.10 on the release day from home it took a very long time.

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