Canonical announces availability of Ubuntu 9.04 for Desktop, Servers and small notebooks
Posted on 21-Apr-2009 18:58
Filed under: News
Canonical, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, announced today that Ubuntu 9.04 Desktop Edition is free to download from Thursday 23rd April 2009. Also announced were the simultaneous releases of Ubuntu 9.04 Server Edition and Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix (UNR).
Ubuntu 9.04 Desktop Edition delivers a range of feature enhancements to improve the user experience. Shorter boot speeds ensure faster access to a full computing environment on most desktop, laptop and netbook models.
Enhanced suspend-and-resume features also give users more time between charges along with immediate access after hibernation. Intelligent switching between Wi-Fi and 3G environments has been broadened to support more wireless devices and 3G cards, resulting in a smoother experience for most users.
Jane Silber, COO, Canonical, says: "With every release, we see Ubuntu Desktop Edition make significant steps forward in appealing to mainstream computer users. With access to the latest office productivity suite, support for Skype and Adobe Flash, and faster boot times, we're confident that Ubuntu 9.04 Desktop Edition will see more people join millions of others and make the switch to an open platform."
Ubuntu 9.04 Desktop Edition features OpenOffice.org 3.0. This gives users a complete office suite that is entirely compatible with Microsoft Office. This free office software provides an immediate saving of at least $200 for users who need to create presentations, write documents or manage spreadsheets at work or at home.
A new integrated notification system appears in Ubuntu 9.04 for the first time. This system combines the notification methods of various applications and presents that information in a simple, unobtrusive manner. New icons and artwork also appear in this release, part of the continual improvement of the Ubuntu user experience.
Ubuntu Server includes a range of new and updated features to boost efficiencies for system administrators running large systems in production environments.
New fully supported features:
- Extended hardware compatibility ensures easier deployment for users
- Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can now pre-install their own default first-boot configuration of Ubuntu Server Edition and replicate it across all their Ubuntu servers
- Ubuntu Server on Amazon EC2 helps businesses to deploy services to external clouds
- Virtualization updates, including support for nested virtualization, further improve infrastructure management efficiencies
- New mail server features include shared user authentication and enhanced spam protection
- Samba 3.3 provides extended cluster support for file serving and integrates with the latest Microsoft systems
- Enhanced integration between OpenChange and Microsoft Exchange encourages interoperability
- Suspend-and-Resume features deliver power-management improvements
- Security enhancements with Apparmor offer greater peace of mind
- The Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud uses an open source system known as Eucalyptus to enable a company to test, deploy and experiment with their own private, in-house cloud that matches the Amazon EC2 API
- Advanced Message Queue Protocol (AMQP) support brings the emerging standard for high-performance enterprise messaging to Ubuntu users through Rabbit MQ
- MySQL 5.1 is the latest release of the world's most popular Open Source database server.
Upgrade from the fully-supported 5.0 to 5.1 is possible now