Yet another Jaunty beta screenshot

Edit: Unfortunately, the images originally included in this post are gone, because of hosting problems in late 2009. My apologies.

Since everyone else has been throwing out Jaunty guides, Jaunty screenshot tours and Jaunty gossip columns, I figured one more screenshot couldn’t hurt.

(Edit: That is not the default desktop.) I am nonplussed by Gnome Ubuntu on the whole, so I apologize if my opinion doesn’t bubble over like some I have seen elsewhere. It sets up easy on this machine, but that has been the case since Edgy really. Wireless networking is painless, but the last time I had a wireless networking issue was probably around 7.04. Same for proprietary video drivers; after Gutsy, I stopped worrying about *buntu’s ability to find and install the driver for my card.

I will say that it seems to start up and shut down faster. But I also notice the Windows-esque gimmick of showing the cursor and playing the startup sound long before the desktop elements ever appear. Tsk, tsk. :|

All in all I give it the same endorsement I give to any other Gnome Ubuntu beta release, which is to say, “Use it if you prefer it.” I’m more interested in Kubuntu really, because I prefer KDE over Gnome if I’m forced to suffer through a heavyweight desktop. Maybe I’ll download that next.

P.S.: As always, this is beta software and prone to breakage, etc., etc. If you have to ask if it’s stable enough to install, you shouldn’t install it.

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16 Responses to “Yet another Jaunty beta screenshot”


  1. 1 Dr Small 2009/03/28 at 8:37 AM

    But I also notice the Windows-esque [...]

    Oh gosh, no! Please, no!
    I’ll be ordering a CD from shipit (if they will deliver it :S) when it’s released. Can’t waste my precious bandwidth on beta releases and final downloads and risk missing bits/corrupted disks!

    I’m not a fan of GNOME either (ahem, nor KDE) so the desktop doesn’t fascinate me, although I tend to agree with others, a non-brownish default look would look nice for a change.

  2. 2 Duncan Snowden 2009/03/28 at 9:22 AM

    Ubuntu’s always done that cursor/start sound thing on this machine. Maybe Jaunty will be even worse. If I can be bothered to try it.

    Is that the default look there? It really is very brown this time, isn’t it? Although I must say I quite like the desktop background. I’ve never been a fan of those weird expressionist representations of the codename animals they had in the last few releases.

    • 3 James 2009/03/29 at 10:20 AM

      X.org (and X11 before it) have shown the cursor before the window manager/desktop environment was loaded for as long as I can remember, which is about nine years.

      Not that it matters much for me. I’ve got my system to automatically log my account in, then instantly lock the screen as everything loads in the background. It’s very nice to be able just type in a password and have the illusion that Gnome loaded instantly.

      • 4 K.Mandla 2009/03/29 at 4:16 PM

        I seem to remember a bar of “things” that loaded after the login. That’s what I was referring to when I said the cursor appears and the startup sound plays before the desktop is ready.

        Of course it could just be that I am so unfamiliar with Gnome as to not know what I am talking about. I vote for the latter. :oops:

  3. 5 K.Mandla 2009/03/28 at 9:24 AM

    Ah, that’s a negative. This is my own variation on the default. Because of course, everybody hates the default.

  4. 6 moo 2009/03/28 at 9:45 PM

    Nice desktop, Can you tell me where did you get the wallpaper and the theme from?
    Please :)

  5. 9 colonelcrayon 2009/03/29 at 4:20 AM

    Xs.to isn’t very friendly to elinks. No direct link to the image :(

  6. 11 thealphanerd 2009/03/29 at 8:12 AM

    And oh, Filefront is closing, better download those files quick.

  7. 13 David Gerard 2009/03/30 at 8:46 PM

    I’ve been running KDE 4.2 from the PPA repository on Intrepid. I heartily recommend it. You’ll like it in 9.04. It’s ready for nontechnical users who aren’t used to Windows. Ones who are, 4.3 should be more comprehensible to them. (IME, KDE4 so far just confuses Windows XP users even as they think it’s really pretty.)


  1. 1 Yet another Jaunty (Kubuntu) beta screenshot « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2009/03/30 at 8:38 AM
  2. 2 Links 29/03/2009: GNU/Linux at DreamWorks, Bubba | Boycott Novell Trackback on 2009/03/30 at 12:22 PM
  3. 3 Accepting things as they are « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2009/04/11 at 8:36 AM

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