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The Jaunty Jackalope (9.04) edition of the Debian-based Ubuntu Linux operating system

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Ubuntu 9.04 is an open source Linux distribution based on Debian GNU/Linux operating system and designed around the highly appreciated GNOME desktop environment.

Distributed as Desktop, Alternate, Netbook and Server editions

It is dubbed Jaunty Jackalope and was officially supported by Canonical between April 23, 2009 and October 23, 2010. It’s still available for download as Desktop and Alternate Live CD ISO images for the 64-bit and 32-bit architectures.

In addition to the Desktop and Alternate CDs, this version of Ubuntu was also distributed with Netbook and Server flavors, which are separately available for download on Softpedia.

Revamped boot options

Even if it looks the same, the boot prompt of the Live CDs was modified when compared with previous releases of the operating system, allowing users to start an existing operating system from the first disk drive, run a memory test, try Ubuntu without installing it, and directly install the OS.

Still using GNOME Classic

The desktop environment used in Ubuntu 9.04 was powered by GNOME 2.26, comprised of a panel on the upper part of the screen for accessing the main menu, launching applications and interacting with the system tray area, as well as bottom panel for switching between virtual workspaces and managing running programs.

Default applications

Among the installed applications, we can mention the Ekiga VoIP client, Mozilla Firefox web browser, Evolution email and calendar client, Pidgin multi-protocol instant messenger, Transmission torrent downloader, and OpenOffice.org office suite.

The distribution includes the Totem movie player, Rhythmbox music player, USB Disk Creator, and Synaptic Package Manager for installing, updating and removing applications. Several board games are also available.

Additionally, a remote desktop viewer, terminal server, dictionary, CD/DVD burning software, disk usage analyzer, character map, calculator, screenshot utility, password manager, terminal emulator, text editor, and note-taking applications are also included.

It is no longer supported by Canonical

Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) is no longer supported by Canonical with security updates and bugfixes, which means that it includes outdated software packages and it’s not recommended to be used anymore!

Ubuntu was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on November 29th, 2014
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