Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) released today

April 24th, 2008 - 4:19 pm ICT by admin  

Ubuntu released its latest stable release version 8.04 also named as Hardy Heron. Soon after the release, the ubuntu.com servers went offline due to high load. At the time of writing, ubuntu.com servers were still unresponsive. The release is highly likely to cause overloads at all Ubuntu mirrors. Mirrors and bit torrents are often used to distribute load cause by massive downloads. Each Ubuntu operating system download is as big as a CD and also leading to several hundreds of update downloads.

Ubuntu is a Linux distribution for desktops, laptops, and servers. It has consistently been rated among the most popular of the many GNU/Linux distributions. Ubuntu’s goals include providing an up-to-date yet stable operating system for the average user and having a strong focus on usability and ease of installation. It is a derivative of Debian GNU/Linux. Ubuntu is sponsored by Canonical Ltd, owned by South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth. The name of the distribution comes from the African concept of ubuntu which may be rendered roughly as “humanity toward others“, “we are people because of other people”, or “I am who I am because of who we all are”, though other meanings have been suggested. This Linux distribution is named Ubuntu as it is expected to bring the spirit of Ubuntu to the software world. Ubuntu is free software and can be shared by any number of users.

Features and changes in Hardy Heron includes : Long Term Support (LTS) release, Better Tango compliance, Compiz usability improvements, Tracker integration, Brasero disk burner, Transmission BitTorrent client and Vinagre VNC client by default, PulseAudio by default, integration of Rt2×00 wireless drivers, automatic grabbing and releasing of the mouse cursor when running on a VMware virtual machine.

Options for getting Ubuntu is at : http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download

Ubuntu Hardy Heron can be downloaded at http://releases.ubuntu.com/8.04/ (Includes option for bit torrent)

Ubuntu will always be free to download, free to use and free to distribute to others. With these goals in mind, Ubuntu aims to be the most widely used Linux system, and is the centre of a global open source software ecosystem. For more information visit www.canonical.com or www.ubuntu.com.

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