Using the moniker Jaunty Jackalope, Ubuntu 9.04 introduces some “key” features to the Ubuntu family of distributions.
Ubuntu Netbook Remix (commonly abbreviated to UNR) attempts to offer the ideal set of Ubuntu packages for users of small-footprint laptops, with a launcher panel similar to the “easy” desktop launcher provided on the original Xandros EEE OS.
UNR 9.04 is available as a .IMG file. This may not work correctly when copied to SD card using Unetbootin. One workaround is to use the Minimal 9.04 ISO, then select the UNR package profile during the install process.
If you wish to put the .IMG file onto a 1GB memory stick (in order to boot the livecd or to install), there are instructions here here . The method is straightforward and involves installing the Ubuntu USB ImageWriter application.
One of the first things you will notice is the update manager pops up on your screen to tell you there are updates to install (a la windows). Some users find this irritating and will wish to turn this off. The Ubuntu release notes contain a simple way to do this.
Ubuntu 9.04 introduces a change to the handling of package updates, launching update-manager directly instead of displaying a notification icon in the GNOME panel. Users will still be notified of security updates on a daily basis, but for updates that are not security-related, users will only be prompted once a week.Users who wish to continue receiving update notifications in the previous manner can restore the earlier behavior using the following command:
gconftool -s –type bool /apps/update-notifier/auto_launch false
On a clean install of XUbuntu 9.01, without Open Office installed, I setup the repository as shown here: http://webupd8.blogspot.com/2009/05/install-openoffice-31-in-ubuntu-jaunty.html and installed Open Office 3.1 through the Synaptic Package manager.
Afterwards I found I didn't have a dictionary or thesaurus.
Installing the Dictionary was easy, using the Extension Manager I installed the English OED extension: en_GB-oed.oxt http://extensions.services.openoffice.org/project/en_GB-oed
The Thesaurus was a little more tricky. First:
$sudo apt-get install openoffice.org-thesaurus-en-gb
It will then install the en-us thesaurus. So we need to make the installed thesaurus the GB one. Do the following:
$cd /usr/share/myspell/dicts $sudo ln -s th_en_US_v2.dat th_en_GB_v2.dat $sudo ln -s th_en_US_v2.idx th_en_GB_v2.idx
Now when you load the Word Processor, words like 'Color' should have a red squiggly line under them, and the thesaurus option should be available.
Alternatively, you can install this extension provided by The Weekly Whinge: http://www.weeklywhinge.com/?p=69