Ubuntu 9.04 is getting closer and closer to the final release and we thought that it would be nice to give you guys a sneak peek at some of the upcoming features. The new version of Ubuntu will be released in less than two months, on April 23rd, and it will be dubbed Jaunty Jackalope.
One of these new features was introduced with tonight's updates and it is a brand new login screen a.k.a. GDM (GNOME Display Manager) theme, which is black and has a nice Ubuntu logo in the right bottom corner. The new login screen is entitled "Human" and it was created by Kenneth Wimer and Mat Tomaszewski for Canonical.
Later edit: The login screen was slightly modified on March 19th. Therefore we've replaced the screenshots with the new design!
Among other new features in Ubuntu 9.04 is the famous GNOME 2.26 desktop environment, which brings lots and lots of improvements in many areas, such as Evolution, GNOME Control Center, GNOME Media, GNOME Power Manager, etc. Ubuntu 9.04's kernel will be based on the latest version of Linux kernel 2.6.28, which will offer support for many new devices. Moreover, applications such as OpenOffice.org 3.0.1, The GIMP 2.6.6, Mozilla Firefox 3.0.7 and Thunderbird 188.8.131.52, Transmission 1.51 Pidgin 2.5.5 will also be present in the final release of Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope).
Don't forget to visit our website on Friday for the usual Ubuntu 9.04 Alpha 5 Screenshot Tour, where we will unveil more of Jaunty's new features.