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Ubuntu Hardy Heron release candidate flies

By   |  April 18, 2008

The Ubuntu development team today made available a release candidate version of the soon-to-be-released Ubuntu 8.04, codenamed Hardy Heron. The release candidate is the final testing release of Hardy ahead of next week’s final release. What we like: A better selection of default desktop applications, much-improved CD and DVD burning interface and much-needed audio improvements. What we don’t  like: Boot speed is still a little slow.

Features of this release include:

Desktop features
Improved application selection: the GNOME desktop sports a number of improvements to the default applications, including more feature-full clients for BitTorrent and VNC, as well as an advanced UI for mastering CDs and DVDs.

File browsing: an enhanced filesystem layer brings greater performance and flexibility to Nautilus, the GNOME file browser.

Pluggable audio and video output: the PulseAudio sound server is integrated in the GNOME desktop for more flexible sound output, and a new Screen Resolution utility allows easier configuration of multiple video displays.

Wubi installer: a new Windows-based installer option makes it easier than ever to try out Ubuntu, letting users install a full desktop on Windows systems without needing to partition their hard drive.

Server features
AppArmor profiles: a greater number of server applications are now protected by default with AppArmor, a kernel technology that limits the resources an application is allowed to access, providing added protection against undiscovered security vulnerabilities.

Memory protection: additional protection now prevents direct access to system memory through /dev/mem and /dev/kmem, and the lower 64K of system memory is no longer addressable by default, changes which help to defend against malicious code. The kernel now also loads Position Independent Executables at randomized addresses, making it harder for application security vulnerabilities to be exploited.

Virtualization and iSCSI: KVM is now an officially maintained option, which combined with libvirt (CLI) and virt-manager (GUI) management tools allows for a simple and efficient virtualization option on hardware that supports virtualization extensions (AMD-V or Intel-VT). Mounting iSCSI targets is now supported (including in the installer), allowing Ubuntu to interoperate with this class of cost-efficient Storage Area Network solutions.

Ubuntu Education Edition
Add-on configuration: Edubuntu is now provided as an add-on to Ubuntu rather than a separate stand-alone flavor, permitting even greater reuse of Ubuntu technologies.

Kubuntu features
Kubuntu comes with the rock solid KDE 3 for those who want a commercially supported desktop.

For those who want something more exciting, a KDE 4 Remix is available bringing this cutting edge new version to you first.

Please see for details.

Xubuntu features
Xubuntu comes with the light-weight Xfce 4.4.2 desktop environment for those who want to a desktop that is easy to use, but places particular emphasis on conserving system resources.

New additions to the family
Two new variants join us for this Ubuntu release. UbuntuStudio and Mythbuntu have done releases separately in the past, and with Hardy Heron we’re happy to be able to welcome these fine community projects into the main Ubuntu release process.

For a more in-depth tour of the features new in 8.04 LTS, see

Download Ubuntu Hardy Heron release candidate here.


15 Responses to “Ubuntu Hardy Heron release candidate flies”

  1. Nuno
    April 19th, 2008 @ 2:11 pm

    Boy, 3 and a half years after the 1st release i am still to know what is so Ubuntu specific about Ubuntu. I don’t even know what sort of features Ubuntu fan boys look for that cannot be found elsewhere. Get real, people. Ubuntu is a slightly simplified rebundle of Debian.
    In a direct face off with Mandriva or Fedora it cannot stand a chance in terms of OWN features.
    Even semi-obscure distros like Dreamlinux, NimbleX or Sabayon have more custom code behind.
    Besides aggressive marketing and media fuss, i wonder how the Ubuntu folks spend Shuttleworth’s cash (or on what). Doesn’t look like they care much about actual development…

  2. Zenwalker
    April 19th, 2008 @ 3:14 pm

    I tried Mandriva recently, and it was slow with less intuitive interface. It basically sucked. I might try PCLinux though as I heard it is good, but Ubuntu has been rock solid for me.

  3. Nuno
    April 19th, 2008 @ 5:07 pm

    Less intuitive interface? What else can be more intuitive, coherent and centralized than Mandriva Control center? :O
    Hmmm… Perhaps you are not keen on KDE centric distros.
    In that case PCLOS (which is actually my sole desktop distro for over a year) won’t do it for you. It’s basically Mandrake / Mandriva with Aptitude as it’s package manager and many property codecs installed by default.
    I like the distro, otherwise i wouldn’t use it. My point is that it owes Mandriva wnat Ubuntu owes Debian. With a major difference. PCLOS takes from Mandriva the Control Center end users crave for.
    Another big plus about PCLOS is its development philosophy. Work in progress and a much longer, gradual release cycle. Meaning that when the net milestone release is out i already have it on my machine. No Ubuntu-style 6-month cyclical hysteria needed.

  4. jg
    April 19th, 2008 @ 9:21 pm

    Agreed. Ubuntu is overrated and overhyped. All the distros have access to the same kernel, GUIs (Gnome/KDE), apps, and package managers, and these are the things that determine usability. Ubuntu offers nothing you can’t get elsewhere.

  5. nick
    April 23rd, 2008 @ 3:49 am

    Ubuntu brings together all the most essential packages making it simpler to use from the get go. Simply ubuntu is the easiest to use of the linux distros and thats the whole point.

  6. Nuno
    April 23rd, 2008 @ 12:55 pm

    Cooouughhh!!!!! Say what? How long have you been using Linux? How many flavours did you try? Brings together the most essential packages? Hmmm… I do not know of any mainstream distro which doesn’t. Looks like you are talking about GNU/Linux in general.
    Ubuntu is probably one of the most banal and unpolished distros i have ever tried on the desktop front. Had Shuttleworth focused his attention on Gentoo or Slackware and everyone would be equally “excited” (a word as trendy as Ubuntu itself). The bare truth is that one of the most dull bundles of Debian ever made happens to have the biggest financial backing. Another proof that cash does buy everything, even perception :)

  7. Alastair Otter
    April 23rd, 2008 @ 1:31 pm


    “Ubuntu is probably one of the most banal and unpolished distros I have ever tried on the desktop front”?
    I suspect you’re overstating this a little. Ubuntu may not be as fun (for a geek) of compiling the distro one piece at a time as in Gentoo or as hip as Slackware, but for users coming from Windows to Linux, Ubuntu is a better than average choice. Sure, they could choose SuSE or Mandriva or a good handful of other distros but Nick is right. For an average user Ubuntu brings together a more than presentable list of applications that make it possible for users to install Ubuntu and get on with enjoying it without too many glitches. Nothing wrong with that.

    From where I sit, the more people that use Linux the better. Frankly I don’t care whether it is Slackware, Gentoo, Ubuntu or Mandriva. That they experience Linux is the goal.

  8. Nuno
    April 23rd, 2008 @ 3:39 pm

    @Alastair Otter
    Though i have been using Linux for about 6 years, i am by no means a typical geek. On the contrary. Most of my interaction with the system is GUI based, therefore i am utmost demanding when it comes to desktop features.
    Carrying marketing ready-made banners with common sense wording like “brings together a more than presentable list of applications” is not really an argument, I can tell you that even the ultramodest Puppy Linux sports “a more than presentable list of applications”, let alone the mainstream distros.
    The point here is not what Ubuntu offers, but rather what it misses, which is a whole lot.
    The bespoken Puppy Linux, for instance, has much more custom GUI tools to simplify day to day tasks than Ubuntu (and no, i’m not kidding). Let alone Mandriva, with its unbeatable control center.
    Ubuntu merely reaps state of the art GNOME/KDE/XFCE tools that are available in all distros and the rock solid Debian repositories.
    Unlike many folks in the Linux Community, i do care that Ubuntu is so overrated. If not distributed through one of its enhanced derivatives (like Mint), it can be a real pain in the ass for most migration wanna-be’s to adopt. Precisely because it is too rough, too vanilla.13

  9. Alastair Otter
    April 23rd, 2008 @ 6:04 pm


    I’m really not sure what your complaint against Ubuntu is (apart from disliking the fact that it is getting a lot of attention).

    I agree with you that if we were to look at each one of the more popular distros (and many not so popular ones) we would find many applications and tools that are great but not included in Ubuntu. That doesn’t make Ubuntu bad. It also doesn’t mean that because Puppy has one feature that beats Ubuntu hands down it is automatically better.

    And having a good marketing strategy (and the cash to back it up) is not a bad thing either. One of the things most neglected by the free software movement is marketing. It’s no good having an absolutely awesome product but not telling anyone about it. Ubuntu markets itself well. That is a plus in my eyes.

    But just in case you’re misreading me: I’m not saying Ubuntu is the final word on Linux. It is, however, one of the better distributions around. And I’ve used most at some point over the past ten years of using Linux.

  10. Nuno
    April 23rd, 2008 @ 11:08 pm

    @Alastair Otter
    You seem to be the one misreading me here, honestly. My issue with Ubuntu is not related to its popularity, but rather how undeserved it is. Bottom line scenario, except for sudo enabled by default, there’s nothing Ubuntu-specific about Ubuntu!! That’s the whole point. It adds nothing to state of the art GNU/Linux. I have been tracking down Ubuntu since 2004, use to deploy it as a Debian alternative on servers when the Debian SID repos are a bit broken (naturally)… I mean, you don’t need to tell me what Ubuntu is about.
    The striking truth Ubuntu fanboys overlook is that the Emperor walks naked.
    Plain and simply, NO, Ubuntu is NOT the most user friendly desktop distro and YES, it is light years behind Mandriva (and its derivatives), Fedora and at least one of its own (Ubuntu based) offspring already mentioned, Linux Mint. This why i have been wondering how Shuttleworth’s dev team members spend their time… Probably designing cute CD cases :)

  11. Jacques Snyman
    April 24th, 2008 @ 8:44 am

    There seems to be quite a bit of controversy surrounding Ubuntu. As a Windows user looking for alternatives I’m hearing about Ubuntu everywhere, but this post and subsequent comments has really been an eye opener!

    What would you guys recommend for a migration from Windows? For the average person who needs an intuitive GUI, and no hassles in making programs run and peripherals work.

  12. RudieD
    April 24th, 2008 @ 8:46 am

    What I like about Ubuntu :

    1) The very friendly and help full community surrounding it.
    2) More standards
    3) More focused dev/test teams.
    4) If their is a difference in opinions that can’t be resolved, their is always one person that can have the final say.

    I’ve seen to many times in other distros who do not have a “BOSS” that can resolve disputes, the ongoing internal fighting (some distro’s more than others). I think having a leader with the final say should be a lot more productive with a lot less time waisted on fighting.

    I have to agree with Alastair on the fact that no matter what distro, if it’s GNU/Linux I love it. Aren’t distro’s just a difference in opinions ? If not then there should be only one. Some people like to think, others don’t.

    GNU/Linux user/dev.

  13. Alastair Otter
    April 24th, 2008 @ 9:23 am

    Personally, though clearly some would disagree, for first time users, Ubuntu is an excellent choice. It may be a little more “vanilla” than other distributions and not be as innovative as others but in terms of support (as Rudie comments) it is excellent. the forums, how-tos and support channels for Ubuntu are an excellent helper. And in my experience it works on pretty much most decent hardware.

    If Ubuntu doesn’t work for you then give Mandriva or SuSE a spin.

  14. Jacques Snyman
    April 24th, 2008 @ 4:28 pm

    Thank you for the feedback, Alastair….it is much appreciated. Microsoft’s Vista is dodgy, and people are looking for alternatives.

  15. rongelli
    June 16th, 2008 @ 11:48 pm

    i would try a distro besides ubuntu first, like sabayon (gentoo with a bunch of cool stuff already compiled for you out-of-the-box). if you really struggle with it then try ubuntu but be prepared for complete boredom.

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