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Inside Ubuntu 9.04

Critics are calling 'Jaunty Jackalope' as slick and seamless as Mac OS X. We uncover the Linux distro's pitfalls and gotchas -- as well as its hidden delights.




Since the final .ISO of 9.04 dropped, updates have been pushed for Firefox.
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If you've opted for the netbook remix edition of Ubuntu, don't be alarmed if it takes a long time for the netbook version to boot for the first time from your USB drive. It's unpacking quite a bit as it goes, so depending on the read speed of your flash drive, it could take a while. (Make some popcorn.)

Ubuntu 9.0.4's Migration Features

Anyone seeking not only to dual-boot with Windows, but to escape from it entirely, will be heartened to try out the migration features in Ubuntu.

During the installation process, Ubuntu scans your system for Windows installations, creates an inventory of files and options it can migrate to your new OS install, and lets you pick and choose. If you'd rather do everything by hand, you can do that too, but the migrator's a timesaver.

Note that the migration function doesn't just work with Windows -- it will migrate documents and settings from previous versions of Ubuntu as well. So if you've been looking for an excuse to do a clean install but don't want to lose anything, have no fear.

Get Updated

Ubuntu's gallery of software and roster of system components are updated regularly and meticulously. Since the final .ISO of 9.04 dropped, there have already been updates pushed out to the world (Firefox, for instance). And so, as with a Windows installation, one of the first things to do after an Ubuntu install is to run the Update Manager | (System | Administration | Update Manager and download everything that's been changed.

After that, you can let the system do the work. As with Windows, Ubuntu checks for updates automatically, and will notify you through an icon on the top panel if you have anything pending. Also, as with Windows, some of these updates will require a reboot -- for instance, a new kernel -- but you will be prompted ahead of time if that's the case.

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