Ubuntu is a community developed, Linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the applications you need – a web browser, document, spreadsheet and presentation software, instant messaging and much more.
The latest Ubuntu version is Hardy Heron 8.04. There are two more days before Hardy Heron is released to the general public. If you want to know more about Ubuntu and its latest release, you can read more about it from the Ubuntu website.
For those not familiar with Ubuntu releases, you are probably wondering why Ubuntu jumped from 7.10 to 8.04. There is an easy explanation. Ubuntu releases are based on dates instead of incremental versioning format.
The Ubuntu community is committed to release a new version every six months. The latest version, Hardy Heron falls on April 2008, hence version 8.04. The previous release was 7.10 on October 2007.
3 Ways To Get Ubuntu
- Download the CD installer – this is the easiest and fastest way to get Ubuntu. The download size is about 700 MB. There are dozens of mirror sites around the world to serve you. Choose a site near you.
- Purchase CD – Canonical sells a pack of 20 CDs for â‚¬16.50. You can also try Amazon. Some sellers charge a bare minimum charging only for shipping rates.
- Request a free CD – Or you can get Ubuntu for free. The only downside, delivery can take up to 10 weeks.
There are many changes since version 7.10. Here’s a quick rundown of the latest additions to Hardy Heron:
- Linux Kernel 2.6.24
- Gnome 2.22
- Firefox 3 Beta 5
- Brasero – a CD/DVD burning application
- Vinagre – a VNC client
- Totem – a movie player
- and much more
Speaking of Gnome 2.22, there is a cheesy program called Cheese giving you the ability to take pictures and videos from your web cam. It includes graphical effects like mauve, black and white, hulk, saturation, vertical and horizontal flips, vertigo, dice and warp. Here’s a sample photo with vertigo and dice effects.
To install the Cheese program, just type from the terminal:
sudo apt-get install cheese
Enjoy the latest Ubuntu release.
I think you meant to say Firefox -> 3 <-
Thanks, good catch. 😉
Harry Roberts says
Of all the new additions to 8.04, Brasero has to be my favourite. It’s a little more feature-rich than the Nautilus cd/dvd burning support and feels like it’s influenced by Nero – while cutting all the rubbish out.
Pure and brilliant, with good integration with Thunar/Nautlus.
Yes, I like it, too. Simple and intuitive interface.