Bang on schedule, Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron is released.
This is a significant release of Ubuntu. Not only is this release an LTS or Long term Support version (which means that support for the desktop version will be available for 3 years, while server versions will enjoy 5 years of support), but this version also includes several enhancements to make it easier for Windows users to try out Ubuntu without affecting their current OS.
Canonical, the company behind the distro, recognizes the significance of this release:
“Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Desktop Edition is a very significant release as it will take Ubuntu squarely into the business environment," said Jane Silber, COO of Canonical Ltd. "Our business and home users have told us that they want a longer support cycle to make Ubuntu a better deployment option. We have responded to that and added a commitment to much broader software and hardware support that we and our partners are excited to deliver. With enhanced commercial support through Landscape, combined with our always excellent community support, expect to see 8.04 LTS drive Ubuntu into new arenas."
I'm currently downloading the .ISO file now, so I'll have more to say about this release shortly, but for now I'll leave you with links to a few of my previous posts which looked at earlier alpha and beta releases of Hardy Heron:
- Ubuntu 8.04 “Hardy Heron” alpha 4
- First look at Ubuntu 8.04 “Hardy Heron” beta | Installation gallery
- Ubuntu 8.04 “Hardy Heron” beta - making life easier for Windows users