[Ubuntu-PH] The Ubuntu project detailed plans for the April 2009 version
"Yosif ali" Roque Morales
queroph at gmail.com
Wed Feb 25 10:19:01 UTC 2009
The Ubuntu project has detailed plans for the April 2009 version of
its Linux distribution, continuing its habit of naming its software
after animals by dubbing Ubuntu 9.04 "The Jaunty Jackalope."
The news comes as the project last week made available an advance
testing version of its Linux distribution, Ubuntu 8.10, the "Intrepid
Ibex," which is scheduled for release in late October.
"As we approach the launch of Ubuntu 8.10, it's time to create space
for future plans... [Jaunty] will be the focus of our efforts from
November through to April next year," wrote the project's founder and
patron Mark Shuttleworth in an email to developers this morning.
Shuttleworth said Ubuntu 9.04 would focus on improving boot time and
blurring the line between desktop applications and the incoming wave
of web-based software.
"The Jackalope is known for being so fast that it's extremely hard to
catch, and breeds only when lightning flashes," wrote Shuttleworth.
"Let's see if we can make booting or resuming Ubuntu blindingly
quick." Operating system rival Microsoft has also recently stated it
wanted to make boot times one of its priorities for its incoming
Windows 7 operating system, which has not yet been formally named.
On web application integration, Shuttleworth wrote: "Is it a deer? Is
it a bunny? Or is it a weblication: a desktop application that
seamlessly integrates the web? This hare has legs, and horns, and
we'll be exploring it in much more detail for Jaunty."
The 9.04 release will also see Ubuntu's entire code repository moved
into the project's Bazaar version control system, to make it easier
for developers to work with the software. "For the first time, any
developer will be able to branch any Ubuntu package with a single bzr
command, publish their changes, and perhaps even publish builds of
that package in their own package archive," wrote Shuttleworth.
Shuttleworth said the project would be planning the 9.04 release in
much more detail at its Ubuntu Developer Summit, to be held in
Google's Mountain View campus from 8-12 December this year.
Shuttleworth said 2009 would see Ubuntu compete strongly with its
commercial rivals. "The warrior rabbit is our talisman as we move into
a year where we can reasonably expect Ubuntu to ship on several
million devices, to consumers who can reasonably expect the software
experience to be comparable to those of the traditional big [software
vendors]: Microsoft and Apple," he wrote.
"The bar is set very high, and we have been given the opportunity to
leap over it. It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance to shine, and we want
to make sure that the very best thinking across the whole open-source
ecosystem is reflected in Ubuntu, because many people will judge free
software as a whole by what we do."
Yosif Roque Santos Morales
Asian Academy of Business and Computers
Professor, Sociology, Strategic Studies and Islamology
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