Kubuntu 8.04 – Hardy Heron In Double Vision
April 24, 2008 – Kubuntu 8.04 has been released and is available for
Kubuntu 8.04 stepped over the barriers of gutsiness and took on a whole new
feat by providing this latest release with double vision. Improved desktops,
updated applications, increased usability features, and a new future are
just a few of the surprises with this latest release. Improved desktops?
Double vision? Yes! Kubuntu 8.04 now provides you the ability to use either
one of two desktop environments, or both if you shall choose. If stability
is the feather in the cap you are looking for, then look no further than
Kubuntu 8.04 featuring the KDE 3 desktop environment. If you are looking for
a bit of an edge, Kubuntu has you covered with the new Kubuntu 8.04 KDE 4
Remix. This time around the development team jumped over hurdles, bent
backwards, and did all kinds of flips for a non-Olympic event in order to
bring you this latest release. So it is with our pleasure that we introduce
you to the new Kubuntu 8.04 and we hope you enjoy your ride aboard the Hardy
To download Kubuntu 8.04, go to:
If you have Kubuntu 7.04 installed follow these upgrade instructions.
Kubuntu 8.04 Highlights
Here is what’s hot in Kubuntu 8.04
KDE – two for the price of FREE
Kubuntu 8.04 now features two versions of the K Desktop Environment, a
powerful graphical desktop environment which combines the ease of use,
contemporary functionality, and outstanding graphical design with the
technological superiority of the Kubuntu operating system. The stable
release of KDE in Kubuntu 8.04 is version 3.5.9. The edgier release of KDE
in Kubuntu 8.04 is version 4.0.3.
The future of the desktop is upon us, and the award winning desktop environment, KDE, is pleased to grace all of us with their newest desktop, KDE 4.0. This latest release, version 4.0.3, includes many new features, improvements, and many bug fixes such as:
- Plasma – size and position of the panel is now configurable
- KHTML – repainting issues addressed and KHTML now supports more websites by accepting more non-HTML4-compliant documents
- Several stability issues have been fixed
- Session switching has been included
- and more…
KDE 4 is available on the Kubuntu 8.04 KDE 4 Remix CD, or with apt-get install kubuntu-kde4-desktop.
The award winning desktop environment, KDE, has updated its stable version with the 3.5.9 release. This latest release includes new features, improvements, and bug fixes such as:
- A favorite email folders view in KMail as well as drag-and-drop support for the folders
- Easier scheduling in KOrganizer
- KGeography and Kig fixes within the KDE Edu module
- Fixes to KPDF
- and more…
Desktop Special Effects
Kubuntu 8.04 now provides you the ability for 3D desktop effects such as a
spinning cube, true transparency, wobbly windows, and more. Utilizing the
Compiz desktop effects you have the ability to choose from 4 levels of
No Effects – all effects are disabled and the KDE window manager (KWin)
Standard Effects – some simple effects such as shadows, window shrinking,
Extra Effects – take the standard effects, multiply them by ten, throw
on some sunglasses, and hang on
Custom Effects – Extra Effects not enough? You want more? No problem,
this setting has you covered! You will need to install the Compiz
Configuration Manager in order to tweak the effects
Kubuntu 8.04 provides various multimedia resources. For listening to and
managing your music there is Amarok, an award winning music player featuring
album covers, lyrics, Wikipedia integration, multiple multimedia devices
support, and more. For watching videos there is Kaffeine for KDE 3 and the
new Dragon Player for KDE 4. New in Kubuntu 8.04 for the Kaffeine player is
the new codec installation which will automatically install codecs when
opening a file for the first time. When you insert a DVD movie, Kaffeine will
automatically install the necessary DVD codecs for your viewing enjoyment.
File System Support
Kubuntu 8.04 provides many new advancements and support for file systems.
Two new features have been added to Kubuntu 8.04 in this arena. The first is
the ability to install and encrypted file system during installation. This
option is currently available only on the Alternate Installation CD. You can
encrypt every partition except for the /boot partition, providing you a more
secure version of Kubuntu. The second new feature provides you the ability
to easily read and write any NTFS partitions you may have on your desktop.
Printer Auto Configuration
Kubuntu 8.04 now provides an applet that automatically configures a printer
when it is attached to your system. This new applet also provides you with
feedback on the status of the printer installation and configuration.
Kubuntu 8.04 Desktop, or Live, CDs provide a new installer for those running
Windows. Wubi allows the installation of Kubuntu just like it were any other
application you would install in Windows. Wubi does not require you to modify
the partitions of your PC or the need to use a different boot loader.
Kubuntu 8.04 includes OpenOffice.org 2.4, which is an open-source office
suite similar in functionality to that of other office suites. The included
applications are: Writer, a fully functional word processor, Calc,
an advanced spread sheet program and Impress, a tool for creating effective
multimedia presentations. OpenOffice.org is compatible with all major
For those of you wanting something lighter, KOffice is a simple install
away. It includes world leading applications such as Kexi the database
manager and Krita the image editor.
Personal Information Management
Kontact, the Personal Information Manager in Kubuntu 8.04, unites an entire
suite of PIM applications in one central environment which are tailored to
work well with each other. Kontact delivers innovations to help you manage
your communications easily, organize your work faster and work together more
closely, resulting in more productivity and efficiency in digital
collaboration. Components include mail, calendar, contacts, notes, and more.
- Integration of language install with KDE’s language configuration.
- Automatic setup of non-Latin input methods
- Menu item translations included in language packs for faster integration of
new and updated translations, provided through Rosetta.
- Due to the late opening of documentation translations, translations for
the Kubuntu documentation will be in the first set of
The Ubuntu server edition builds on the functionality from the previous
release simplifying common Linux server deployments. Included is a major
virtualisation support initiative. On x86 systems with the Intel VT or AMD-V
extensions, Kernel-based Virtual Machine support (KVM) allows users to run
multiple virtual machines running unmodified Linux. Each virtual machine has
private virtualised hardware: a network card, disk, graphics adapter and so
on. Also included is VMI support which provides optimised performance under
VMWare. Server packages are available for installation from the Kubuntu
DVD as well as the Ubuntu Server CD.
Under the Hood
- Linux 2.6.24
- GCC 4.2.3
- X.org 7.3
- Python 2.5.2
- Qt 3.3.8 or Qt 4.3.4
Please download using BitTorrent if possible – torrent
download files (.torrent) are located within the download page
provided by the selected mirror location. Thank You!
Kubuntu is available for download on two types of images. These images are:
Desktop CD: includes a live system which
allows you to try Kubuntu without changing your computer at all, and
provides you with the option to install it permanently. This is the most
common type of CD image that is downloaded, as the installation process
is easier for new users. You will need at least 384MB of memory to install
from this CD and 3GB of available hard drive space.
Alternate CD: allows you to perform
custom or expert installations of Kubuntu. It is required for setting
up automated deployments, upgrading from older installations without
network access, LVM and/or RAID partitioning, installing GRUB
(Boot Loader) to a location other than the Master Boot Record and for
systems with less than 384MB of RAM.
There are three various file types for each image. These file types are:
ISO: the actual CD image and will be downloaded
directly from a mirror server.
Torrent: a Torrent file, which is seeded by
people around the world using BitTorrent clients. This is the
recommended download type, as it usually proves to be quicker during
heavy traffic times.
Jigdo: Jigsaw Download, jigdo for short, which
is a tool designed to ease the distribution of very large files over the
Once you have downloaded the correct CD image, you will need to burn it using
a CD burner (CD-RW). For assistance in burning the images to a CD, please
Upgrading from 7.10 (Gutsy)
You can only directly upgrade to Kubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) from
Kubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon)
Follow the images at
Open the Adept Manager by going to KMenu -> System -> Adept
Manager (Manage Packages)
- In Adept, click on Adept -> Fetch Updates
- Click the “Version Upgrade” button
Feedback and Helping
We welcome feedback and help with making the next version of Kubuntu.
Comments can be left on
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If you have any questions, please try asking on one of the following:
IRC: Server irc.ubuntu.com, Channel
Kubuntu Users Mailing List:
if you are interested in helping the Kubuntu team.
For more information about Kubuntu visit our website at http://www.kubuntu.org
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