Apr 24, 2008

Time To Get Your Geek On All Over Again: Ubuntu 8.04 is Here!

So Happy Its Thursday boys and girls! Even happier because today is the release date for Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron)! I always get that warm sensation inside when a new release of Ubuntu comes out. It is much like the feeling of a warm blanket your momma wraps around you to make you a little more comfortable. Okay, maybe not, but its still pretty cool.

I think a lot of you must feel the same way, or at least in a very similar fashion. I have had a poll going for a while on which Linux distribution was your favorite, and what did you guys say? You know it! Ubuntu won by a landslide! Here is a screen shot of the results:

Ubuntu Poll
So whats new in tis version of Ubuntu? Why should you download it, or upgrade to it? Here are some of the new changes:

  • Ubuntu worldOpenOffice.org database, Java, equation editor support removed from install CD to save disk space. Can be re-installed later through synaptic.
  • iSCSI partitions is now maintained
  • Route metrics - ifupdown now sets the default route metric to 100 for interfaces with no metric option
  • Network Manager only manages interfaces that are marked for roaming.
  • NFS mount support not installed by default. To use it, you must install the nfs-common package
  • /bin/sh is now dash
  • PowerPC and SPARC moved to ports.ubuntu.com, and no longer supported by Canonical.
  • Commercial/partner repository is called:
    deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu hardy partner

A full more detailed list of changes can be found here in the release notes: (Ubuntu Release Notes)

So what are you waiting for? Get your Hardy Heron on now! (Download Ubuntu 8.04)

If you already use a previous version of Ubuntu, you can upgrade over the interweb. Click here for instructions on upgrading: (Ubuntu 8.04 Upgrade Instructions).

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