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Ubuntu 8.04 Beta Released

Posted on Mar 22 2008 by Matthew Jakeman

Ubuntu ImageThe team over at Ubuntu have released the latest beta of Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron). There are lots of upgrades to the existing software packages including the following :

  • Xorg 7.3
  • Linux kernel 2.6.24
  • GNOME 2.22
  • PolicyKit
  • PulseAudio
  • Firefox 3 Beta 4
  • Transmission BitTorrent Client
  • Wubi

This is the best release yet for ‘converting’ windows users to the world of open source software using Wubi to enable it to be easily installed and used as a dual boot system without any complicated partitioning needed. This is a great way to try Linux without having to compromise the integrity of your windows partition in any way.

I will be upgrading to 8.04 on all of my machines as soon as it goes to stable. I have been totally converted to Ubuntu for my desktop OS over the past year. As an avid Linux user for the past 6 or 7 years using a myriad of different distributions. College Linux whilst I was on the development team there before it was dissolved, Debian for years, a bit of Gentoo mixed in as well but none have come close to Ubuntu for ease of usability and I will continue using it as my primary desktop OS for the foreseeable future.

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