Jaunty Release Candidate

The Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) release candidate is now available. It is almost ready for general use. The page that announced the release candidate has a list of download sites for ISOs and torrents.

If you want to do an update, on the other hand, press Alt + F2 and type in “update manager -d” (without the quotes) into the command box. Once you are done with any other updates, the Update Manager will tell you New distribution release ‘9.04’ is available. Then you can click Upgrade and follow the instructions.

The final release of Jaunty is scheduled for April 23. Just a reminder if you choose not to update before the final release is available:

Make sure that your Software Sources package is set to download from the best available server for your location. This is done by going to System > Administration > Software Sources, On the Ubuntu Software tab, go to the line that says Download from: and choose Other. Then choose Select best server.

This is advised because, the last time I saw the figures, there were about 8 million of us Ubuntu users. Some will be using the last long-term support (LTS) version, 8.04, admittedly. Most of us will be wanting to upgrade to Jaunty if we have not already done so. I got caught in the mad rush to upgrade from Gutsy Gibbon (7.10) to Hardy Heron (8,04) and could not download the updates for 3 days because I was using the USA main server. I advise seeing if another server will work for you, and looking at ways to avoid the stampede.

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