I downloaded and installed Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) and am happy to say it's an overall success. Of course, I would say that because I love Ubuntu; it's my favorite Desktop Linux distribution and I've seen a lot of them. Being Debian-based, it is rock-solid, stable, easily updatable and a pleasure to use. Canonical, Ubuntu's commercial benefactor, is a top-notch development company and a cool bunch of folks.
However, (and this is a big however) I don't really see that big of an improvement over previous versions. I use Ubuntu 8.04 and am perfectly satisfied with it. 9.04 has OpenOffice.org 3.x but so what? I can install that myself.
I don't really see any major improvements. It looks the same. It feels the same. Same applications. Same everything.
Sometimes I feel that whomever is responsible for putting out new distributions feels they must just because it's time to do so. Ubuntu updates every six months whether it needs to or not. No, I'm not disappointed or disenchanted but am a little curious as to why it's such a big deal.
Should you upgrade to 9.04? Sure, why not. If you already have Ubuntu, you'll certainly recognize everything and won't see much difference but it won't hurt either. If you're looking for a Linux Desktop distribution to use, this is a fine one. You'll love its sleek design, easy-to-use interface (GNOME) and plentiful applications.
It has everything you need in a Desktop operating system and more.
For us jaded types (Ubuntu converts), it's just another ho hum update. I guess you can wake me up in October when it's time for 9.10. I'll expect to see something more than just an OpenOffice.org update. Come on, guys, make the next one a real contender for those who are otherwise going to convert or upgrade to Windows 7.
Ubuntu 9.04: Expect the expected.
Have you used Ubuntu 9.04 yet? What do you think?