Testing Jaunty Jackalope

Jaunty Jackalope is the code name for Ubuntu 9.04.  It is scheduled for release in April 2009.  Right now, Jaunty is in Alpha 2 – released December 18.  There is always a need for testers, to shake out bugs and make sure fixes work.  I am switching to Jaunty.  You may wish to as well.  It’s a great way to give back to the community that has given us so much!

The first thing you will want to do is to upgrade to Intrepid (Ubuntu 8.10), if you haven’t already.  That can be done most easily via Alt-F2, update-manager -d.  The following assumes you are running Intrepid.

If you haven’t already, run update-manager -d to make sure you have all of your latest updates.  The resulting window after you apply your updates looks like this:

Once you have clicked on “upgrade” you will get the following screen:

Once again, you will get the option to upgrade.  You will get a window listing the steps in upgrading to the new distribution.  The steps from here will take about a half hour on a good connection.

I am in the process of upgrading myself.  One thing to look forward to about Jaunty is the decreased booting time.  Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu, wrote about this and the upcoming “blurring” of web applications and the desktop.

Happy testing!

Update 12/22/08:  I am getting an error message when I try to upgrade.  A file is not where it is supposed to be, apparently.  I trust this will be fixed shortly and those of us who want to upgrade and test will be able to get back to work.

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