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Ubuntu-Studio 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope Screenshot Tour

First look at the recently released Ubuntu Studio 9.04 “Jaunty Jackalope”: Ubuntu Studio remains a derivative of Ubuntu, but it is multimedia geared. If you’re multimedia inclined, then this is the distribution for you. You can make it your production box, by filling it up with all the left-out packages you’ll find on Ubuntu like, OpenOffice.org, Evolution/Thunderbird etc.

The downside of Ubuntu Studio is, you can’t get to try it from a Live CD/DVD (Ubuntu Studio comes only with the alternate install DVD), you’ve got to burn the ISO image and install it on your hard disk as a partition or on a virtual machine like VirtualBox.

The installation is also a bit different from that of Ubuntu, it takes more time and is not so direct. It presumes the language you choose for the installation process matches with your region and is the same as that of your keyboard – but often your installation language could be English and your keyboard, Italian. So make sure it gets it right be you move ahead.

The partition manager is not as cool as in Ubuntu 9.04. It does not have that brown graphical interface. It’s like the old DOS or better still like the Ubuntu Server. I expected something better.

During the installation, you can install those predefined applications that make Ubuntu Studio 9.04 fly , or do so at the end.

2D/3D Creation and editing suite — Blender
Audio creation and editing suite — Ardour2
LADSPA and DSSI audio plugins
Video creation and editing suite — Cinepaint, Kino

You can also configure your “/home” directory for encryption during the installation or do so at the end of the installation with eCryptfs

Now at the end of the installation: it’s like moving from black & white to colour — remember the wizard of Oz.

— The splash screen is marvellous, the login screen could not be better. Now, go and see for yourself in the Screenshots

Recommended: Also read the MythTV-focused distribution of Ubuntu, Mythbuntu
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  1. Sinimaro
    1:37 pm on April 26th, 2009

    I’ll do i get to run it from a LiveCD, any ideas

  2. Okay
    1:38 pm on April 26th, 2009

    @Sinimaro: me too, i would have loved to play it first from a Live cd, before installing… ideas please.

  3. adey
    2:57 pm on April 26th, 2009

    > I’ll do i get to run it from a LiveCD, any ideas

    No live CD but you can run it from a Virtual Machine which provides the same flexibility to try before a more perm install. Virtual Box is free.

  4. 234234
    9:49 pm on April 26th, 2009

    Yes. Ugly.

  5. gb
    10:29 am on April 27th, 2009

    very impressive desktop backgrounds, but also a lot of eye-candy 🙂

  6. Martin Kaba
    10:46 am on April 27th, 2009

    @GB: yes, call it CandyUbuntu for its visual appeal.

  7. James Jameson
    7:15 am on May 2nd, 2009

    Encryption at install?!?! I am trying to figure out how to get Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope Desktop Edition) to let me select the option (encrypt /home during install at partition utility). I hear other people talking about (and saw a screen-shot of it), so I know it can be done. I am installing on a Acer Aspire One. What exactly do I have to do to get that option to appear, does anyone know? If so, your help would be greatly appriciated!



  8. Martin Kaba
    10:04 am on May 2nd, 2009

    @ James Jameson: To encrypt your home directory you’ll have to use a “cheat code”. Boot from the desktop CD, immediately after you select your language, hit F6, then the Esc key, to be able to edit the options line. Use the arrow keys on the keyboard and place the cursor between the “splash” and “- -“. Now insert the line user-setup/encrypt-home=true , make sure there is a space between the code and “- -”

    Continue with the installation, at the screen “Who are you?”, you’ll find a third option that says “Require a password to log in and decrypt your home folder”.

  9. Anonymousish
    3:30 pm on June 14th, 2009

    Thanks for the help with home encryption M K!

  10. Erik Ravn
    2:35 pm on December 5th, 2009

    Removing Ubuntu Studio!
    I have Jaunty Jackalope 9.04 installed without “Studio” in the name. I then installed Ubuntu Studio with the belief that it was a media/music-program that would blend in and enable me to record my own music. I now have two operating systems, and I have to interrupt the boot-sequence to scroll down to the original OS in the boot-list otherwise the computer automatically boots Ubuntu Studio.
    Can I remove Ubuntu Studio without losing data on my original OS?