Only one more day until Ubuntu 8.04: Hardy Heron is released. I’ve been playing with 8.04 since it was in beta and overall it’s a very solid Operating System. If you’re interested to check it out, you don’t actually have to install it to your machine. You can either run a Ubuntu Live-Cd or use Wubi to install Ubuntu as a software package under Windows.
Yes, you read that correctly… Via Wubi you can install Ubuntu as a Windows program without the need to repartition a harddrive and it will also update the NT Loader automatically. Check out the Wubi homepage if you want to know more.
More details after the jump:
Ubuntu 8.04 also includes: Gnome 2.22, Firefox 3 Beta 5, 2.6.24 Linux Kernel, Xorg 7.3, Vinagre (tabbed vnc!), and a few new system hardening tools. The inclusion of Firefox 3 Beta 4 still has me scratching my head, especially since it doesn’t work with 90% of my Firefox 2 add-ons. The add-ons will eventually be upgraded, but it’s annoying to lose functionality on an upgrade.
One interesting thing I did see in the8.04 release notes is that Likewise Open is now included so you should be able to authenticate to a Windows Active Directory domain out of the box. I haven’t heard of Likewise, but I’m going to see if it’s worth replacing Winbind with Likewise. It’s funny to see Enterprise features sneak their way into Ubuntu, especially since RedHat confirmed last week that they won’t be releasing a free (as in beer) Desktop disto anytime soon. ( Fedora doesn’t count… and RHEL 5 desktop requires a subsciption )Similar Stories:
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