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First look at the new Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron

It’s 11.32pm and I just finished cleaning my house and we all know that after cleaning house, there’s nothing more rewarding than cleaning your desktop too.  I’m about to upgrade to and get a first look at the new Ubuntu 8.04 and you’re more than welcome to join the ride.

On 3 February this year I first leapt into the world of open source software when I bravely installed Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon.  I’ve never looked back since, and although I’ve had to occasionally use Windoze for a bit of graphic and video work, Ubuntu has been my main daily operating system.

I’ve tried a lot of new things too.  I installed Ubuntu Studio for instance.  A variant of sorts that ads a host of audio and video applications to your usual installation.  It changed my Ubuntu start-up with which I wasn’t too impressed, but I managed to reinstate it.

I also played with Kubuntu, which is pretty much the same operating system, except it uses the KDE environment instead of Gnome as Ubuntu does.  To be perfectly honest, I don’t know too much about the difference between KDE and Gnome, except that they look slightly different and they have different applications. Everything in KDE seems to start to a K, but not everything in Gnome starts with a G.

Anyway, hundreds of applications had been installed under Ubuntu 7.10 – all of which I looked at, some of which I understood.  I deleted some of them, but most I didn’t and you know what? It didn’t slow down my system at all.

Overall I’m impressed with Ubuntu, hence me going to the next exciting release.  I read about some interesting improvements and additions and I think it will be smoother than ever.

Preparing for the Move

There’s not much to do really.  I’ll just back-up my home folder onto a CD and poof, all my files are ready to float to the next version on Ubuntu.

So without further delay, let me get to it.  See you in Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron!

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