Ubuntu 8.10 features the latest updates of Gnome, X.org, a new Linux kernel, an Encrypted Private Directory, Guest Sessions, a new Network Manager, Samba and tabbed Nautilus file manager.
Is there a valid reason to stay with Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron? One reason for staying with Ubuntu 8.04 is the Long Term Support or LTS.
Ubuntu LTS releases are scheduled releases with extended support services. The Ubuntu Desktop LTS is maintained for a period of 3 years, while the Server Edition LTS is maintained for a total of 5 years.
Standard Ubuntu releases generally receive 18 months of free updates. LTS releases doubles support period to 36 months or 3 years.
There are 6 monthly updates for the long term support cycle. They are primarily bug fixes and patches with occasional feature enhancements. An upgrade will be available when the LTS release is available.
Companies who want to deploy the Ubuntu to their desktops should seriously consider Ubuntu’s LTS releases for its stability and reliability.
In addition, Canonical provides a professional support team for those wanting an enterprise-wide type of support.