Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope (v 9.04) in beta now, full release due April 23

The latest release of Ubuntu, a version of the open source Linux operating system and prime alternative to Microsoft Windows, has just gone into beta. Codenamed Jaunty Jackalope, it has been in planning since September last year.

The new release provides faster bootup and includes a new version of the Gnome front-end which features Brasero CD/DVD burning software, and improved support for multiple monitors.

The full release of  Jaunty Jackalope, or Ubuntu 9.04 as it will be known, is due on April 23. Extremetech have reviewed the Beta here, and conclude that ‘Jaunty Jackalope is in pretty darn good shape despite still being a beta’. 

If you want to give it a try, just head on down to Ubuntu.com and download a free copy.