Ubuntu 8.04 – Will Users Be Installing?

There’s little more exciting than a new operating system relase… or that’s certainly true when you’re invited to Microsoft campus / Apple HQ to whoop and hollar at the appropiate points. Some operating system releases have to forego the high-budget, extravegant global launch event on account of the way in which they are funded and developed. Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) is mere days away – and it is up to all of us who know to make an effort to promote it. This is mine.

Ubuntu is moving along at a nice steady pace – with Canonical coordinating significant new releases at an impressive rate of two per year. I am always pleased to see a new release – as it’s as good an excuse as you’re ever going to get to get your parents, your children and your friends using Ubuntu. And there’s a shiny new reason why they won’t be put off by the often scary thought of a new operating system. Wubi is an installer for linux which takes away some of the barriers. No repartitioning is required to get Ubuntu up and running. Better than a live CD – people can actually try Ubuntu properly without the fear that it’s going to do something bad to their computer. This is a real step forward in my opinion. Go forth and spread the word.

For a complete list of new features in Ubuntu 8.04 – follow the link at the top of the page.

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