Hardy Heron Has Landed

April 24th, 2008 at 12:00 am

ubuntu 8.04

Ubuntu Linux according to a not-so-reliable survey is the most used Linux OS.  Regardless of its unofficiality, Ubuntu has many good qualities that gain the respect of many users.

The latest version, Ubuntu 8.04, codenamed Hardy Heron, is the second release of the OS that will have long term support.  which means that security and maintenance updates will be available for this version for three years on the desktop and five years on the server.

There’s a lot of new stuff on Hardy Heron including the latest version of the popular open-source desktop environment, GNOME 2.22.  Moreover, the new Ubuntu also features  PulseAudio, a powerful new sound server with support for network transparency and advanced mixing capabilities.

Another great thing about Ubuntu for the users that cannot or will not foresake Windows (for good reason)  is the inclusion of Wubi in this latest Ubuntu release.  Wubi, a Windows-based installer that allows Ubuntu and Windows to coexist on the same partition. Wubi installs a fully functional Ubuntu environment into a folder on the Windows filesystem and sets up a boot menu that allows the user to enter Ubuntu at startup. Wubi doesn’t require the user to partition their hard drive and it makes it possible to uninstall Ubuntu directly through the Add/Remove Programs utility in Windows.

Personally, I’ve been a fan of Ubuntu since a couple of versions ago and I’ve always wanted  to find free alternatives to Windows that would be better or at least just as good.  So I’m downloading and installing the Hardy Heron, with Wubi, of course. 

[via Ars Technika]