Saturday, April 26, 2008

Ubuntu 8.04 codename "Hardy Heron" released

As promised ubuntu team released its long term supported "Hardy Heron" on 24th april 2008 , which has a life span of 3 years unlike gutsy which is of 18 months. There are no major changes from gutsy, however there are still some minor upgrades :
  • Kernel 2.6.24-16
  • Gnome 2.22.1
  • Transmission replaces the default gnome-bittorrent.
  • Vinagre(remote desktop viewer) replaces the default vncviewer.
  • Brasero cd/dvd burning application replacing the Serpentine audio cd burning utility.
  • GVFS is included in nautilus replacing GnomeVFS
  • Firefox-3 beta 5 replacing firefox-2
  • Policykit utility added.
  • Pulse audio by default.
  • Upgrade in world clock applet, now can display time and weather at multiple locations.
  • The old boring wallpaper and login screen are now replaced :D; but the brown and orange color scheme remains the same. And there are few minor changes in the look and feel.
Coming to repositories there are lots and lots of stuff added, applications like piklab, cntlm,etc... are now officially maintained.
For the first time sound in vmware is woking ..... kudoos to it :P
Caution: Don't upgrade from 7.10 to 8.04 , either do a fresh install of 8.04 or stick with 7.10. I don't know the reasons but i obeserve slow in the system when i upgraded, so i did a fresh install of 8.04 .
Ubuntu 8.04 is a great release and lives up to the expectations. So far i faced no problems. ubuntu will be continuing its 6 months releases; the next one is gonna be 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex)
scheduled in sometime october.

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