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Countdown to Ubuntu 8.04: The Hardy Heron

It’s that time of the year. Everyone’s excited and looking forward to it. Ofcourse it’s the release of the next LTS version of Ubuntu, Ubuntu 8.04, aka Hardy Heron. So what’re new features expected in Hardy Heron you ask? Well here are some of them

Easier installation using Wubi

Wubi allows users to install and uninstall Ubuntu like any other Windows application. It does not require a dedicated partition, nor does it affect the existing bootloader, yet users can experience a dual-boot setup almost identical to a full installation. Wubi works with a physical CD or in stand-alone mode, by downloading an appropriate ISO to install from. It can be found on the root of the CD as Wubi.exe. A full installation within a dedicated partition is still recommended, but Wubi is a great way to try Ubuntu for a few days and weeks before committing dedicated disk resources.

umenu

WinFOSS and the Windows open source software have been replaced by umenu, a simple launcher that lets the user install Ubuntu from Windows using Wubi, install Ubuntu to a partition without having to make their CD-ROM the first boot device

Policy Kit

Policy Kit gives you more detailed control with user access on specific administrative task. For example, you can assign privilege for one user to access network controls but not software installation.

Software Upgrades

  • Linux kernel 2.6.24 which brings in fixes liks dyntick support for amd64 and CFS(Completely Fair Scheduler)
  • GNOME 2.22: GNOME features lots of new features and improvements, such as a new Nautilus that uses GVFS as its backend. GVFS makes it possible to fix shortcomings of Nautilus such as the inability to restore files from trash, pause and undo file operations, and will make it possible to escalate user privileges for certain operations using PolicyKit for authentication. It also brings a significant performance boost to many operations.
  • XOrg 7.3 which features BulletProofX for failsafe graphics mode and GUI for XRandR. I’ve blogged about BulletProofX previously and on XRandR here
  • Transmission replaces Gnome Bittorrrent as the default bittorrent downloader in Ubuntu Hardy Heron LTS. Transmission is a lightweight bittorrent client with automatic banning feature and protocol encryption.
  • The new Vinagre VNC client is installed by default, replacing xvnc4viewer.
  • The Brasero CD/DVD burning application, which will complement the CD/DVD burning functions of Nautilus and replace the Serpentine audio CD burning utility.
  • Something which all virtualization maniacs like me have been waiting for: KVM is now officially maintained within the Ubuntu kernel.
  • For corporates: Active Directory support via Likewise Open, available from the universe repository, enables seamless integration of Ubuntu within an Active Directory network.
  • And of course, the most obvious feature is the LTS..

So how will Hardy Heron cope up with the hype it’s been building? Let’s find out in couple of days time.

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6 Comments

  1. April 20, 2008    

    Sathya, me too excited about the release.
    Gonna place a request, even though, i’ll download it the moment it releases.

    Planned to switch early this month, but had decided to wait for Hardy!!!
    And just 4 days to go….

  2. April 20, 2008    

    @Aravind, I have a request. If you’re going to download, please do NOT place the request for a CD and waste already scarce resources available for FOSS projects. A humble request from Me.

    Thanks

  3. April 27, 2008    

    Looks interesting. I just read some reviews of 8.04. Looks like Ubuntu did some things right but nothing riveting.I’m a little disappointed

  4. April 29, 2008    

    @Rey I’ve kept Hardy for download, will test it and then see how it fares.

  5. April 29, 2008    

    I am damn disappointed with Hardy Heron! Where Ubuntu Fiesty Fawn used to work properly on my PC, Hardy gives me the Busy Box error that is Ubuntu is having problems detecting my I/O system and that also on my 2 years old PC :| Now I am just waiting for OpenSUSE! Surely gonna give it a try!

  6. April 29, 2008    

    @Sathya, Well it isn’t terrible and I’m really not one to judge. However most other users like Rajesh found its Hardware support inadequate. Personally I feel some features like Pulseaudio have been anticipated but other aspects like design is dated. It looks like 7.10 with a few new apps. I can not wait for opensuse11, thats going to be amaze.

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