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Ubuntu Linux 8.04 Released

by eric on April 24th, 2008 in: LinuxOpen Source

Ubuntu Linux 8.04 (codenamed ‘Hardy Heron’) was released today and is available for download here.

If you don’t have broadband, you can also request free CDs.

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  1. April 24th, 2008 at 10:37

    Have downloaded and installed. Exploring the cool new features, and must say, I am impressed. Detailed report in a while!


  2. eric a. said:

    April 24th, 2008 at 10:45

    Thanks for the review link, Desmond. I’ve downloaded Hardy as well, but haven’t had time yet to play with it. I’ll report back once I have. 🙂

  3. Sean B said:

    April 24th, 2008 at 15:25

    I’m curious to see how smoothly the upgrade process happens. I know that last time going from Fiesty to Gutsy things ended up getting funky.

    Still debating whether I want to try the upgrade through the update manager, or do a clean install.

  4. eric a. said:

    April 24th, 2008 at 15:39

    Me too, Sean.

    I’m using my wife’s laptop as a test case 🙂

    I’ve tried the network upgrade and, although it was working, it showed about 9 hours for the upgrade, due to the fact that the release is today and there’s a tremendous load on the distro servers.

    So I tried upgrading from the Alternate CD and haven’t quite nailed it yet.

    The latest Linux Outlaws Podcast highlights some of the Ubuntu Hardy issues. Listening to it now.

    I’ll report back after I’ve upgraded a machine or two.

  5. eric a. said:

    April 25th, 2008 at 10:11

    Suspend and Hibernate now work with Ubuntu Hardy using the proprietary video drivers!

  6. Sean B said:

    April 25th, 2008 at 14:41

    Awesome! Suspend and hibernate are definitely nice. Looking forward to installing Hardy on the laptop first, then waiting a while to install it on my main machine.

    I’d love to install it now, but I remember that the upgrade process can become complicated so I want to make sure I budget enough time.

    When do you plan to install it on your primary work desktop?

  7. eric a. said:

    April 25th, 2008 at 15:03

    I know. I was so happy about that. I’d read, or contributed to a bug report in Ubuntu’s Launchpad about the lack of suspend & resume support and the official answer was something like “We know it’s broken when you use the [freedom-hating] proprietary video drivers, but it won’t be fixed in Gutsy.

    Glad to see they handled it in Hardy Heron.

    So far, I’ve just upgraded the one laptop (Compaq Presario V2000) and, although it took all night, the only other problem I’ve had so far is that Compiz Fusion ‘broke.’

    This was easily fixed by re-installing the xserver-xgl package and resetting Compiz preferences.

    This laptop (and my other) are using Wicd instead of Gnome’s Network Manager and it even left that intact. Plus some of the other packages that broke when upgrading to Gutsy like emelfm2 and Komodo IDE still work!

    I’m tempted to upgrade other machines soon!

    One sticking point:
    Hardy comes with Firefox 3 Beta 5 (I think) by default and many of the plugins I use aren’t yet updated, like Firebug, Open ID Seatbelt, etc.

    I’m sure I could install FF2 as well, though.

  8. Sean B said:

    April 25th, 2008 at 20:40

    I’m running the update manager upgrade on my laptop as I type this. At first I was giving up due to the overloaded mirrors, but now it’s flying.

    What I did was go into software sources and for the download server I picked “choose best server”. After going through the pings, it landed me on the fastest one (one in Canada, hah!). Right now I’m getting about 400kb/s while the upgrade tool is downloading packages.

    Looking forward to giving Hardy a spin. I also listened to the Linux Outlaws episode you mentioned and found that helpful. I need to keep up with that podcast–I like the hosts and the format. Sounds like no new groundbreaking features in Hardy, but a lot of work under the hood, and getting the latest version of Gnome is always good! I’m looking forward to checking out some of the little day-to-day usability improvements in Gnome. It’s all about the details 🙂

  9. Sean B said:

    April 26th, 2008 at 10:43

    The upgrade went great on the laptop. Everything seems to be running smoothly with the exception of suspend. I can get it to sleep but upon trying to wake up I get some “failed activation” error messages and the system freezes. Bummer!

  10. eric a. said:

    April 28th, 2008 at 10:49

    Glad to hear the update went well, Sean.

    I have yet to update my own laptop, but was considering doing it today while I work.

    As I mentioned earlier, my biggest concerns with upgrading production machines are the lack of support for some of the add-ons that I use with Firefox. Did a bit of searching and my most critical add-ons either have updates or beta updates, so I think I’ll give it a whirl.

    I updated my dev server from Gutsy to Hardy yesterday and it went without a hitch. 🙂

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