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Ubuntu 8.04 'Hardy Heron' review

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Manufacturer: Canonical

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The beta of the next version of the Ubuntu Linux operating system has arrived, although judging by its stability and polish you'd be hard pressed to tell it's a testing release.

The beta of the next version of the Ubuntu Linux operating system has arrived, although judging by its stability and polish you'd be hard pressed to tell it's a testing release.

Other new features are likely to be overlooked by desktop users but appreciated by systems administrators. There have been security improvements, including better memory protection and a fine-grained access control system called PolicyKit.

What's more, Ubuntu 8.04 offers easy integration with Active Directory environments for the first time, thanks to a new software package called Likewise Open.

Despite its present maturity, Hardy Heron is definitely a work in progress. In fact, immediately after installing the beta, the software update manager informed me that there were already 106 updates available. And some longtime users will question the inclusion of some of certain bleeding-edge features, such as the new PulseAudio sound layer, which is not yet compatible with a lot of current Linux audio software.

Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron Expert Verdict »
300MHz x86 processor (700MHz x86 recommended)
64MB RAM (384MB)
4GB (8GB) disk space
VGA graphics card capable of 640x480 (1024x768) resolution
CD-ROM drive or network card
sound card and internet connection recommended
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

If this first taste is any indication, Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron is shaping up to be a worthy upgrade for existing users and a good jumping-on point for new ones. Wubi, in particular, makes it ideal for anyone who has hesitated to give Linux a try before now. Look for the final version to be available in April.

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