Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Hardy Heron

Canonical has launched its latest creation; Ubuntu 8.04 Long Term Support codenamed Hardy Heron (and several of its derivatives). This release includes both desktop and server editions.

The desktop edition comes with many new features including Mozilla Firefox 3, the lastest Gnome desktop with all the features, an enhanced photo manager, better phone/camera recognition and better video support.

The server edition comes with advanced network infrastructure applications, integrated AppArmor policies and increased kernel hardening for advanced security. It also comes with integrated host firewalling and LikeWise Open for Windows Active Directory integration.

If you are thinking about giving linux a try at all, I highly recommend getting this version (if you have a previous release you should upgrade). I am already using Kubuntu myself. And if you are afraid of wiping out your Windows installation, do not fret! The ubuntu live cd is a great option to try before you install, and as an added bonus; if you like the experience, Ubiquity (the automatic installer) will resize your windows partition to make room without wiping it out.

The Canonical group is doing a great job at providing a linux version for the linux enthusiast, the power developer and the average user. You can get the versions here: http://www.ubuntu.com/

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