Introduction to Kubuntu 8.04
Kubuntu 8.04, the Hardy Heron, is the next release of Kubuntu, scheduled to be released towards the end of April 2008. This release will introduce the future of desktop computing by incorporating the new KDE 4 desktop as well as providing continued maintenance and support for the KDE 3.5 desktop. With the news concerning the release of the KDE 4 desktop, it was decided by Canonical that Kubuntu 8.04 would not be a Long Term Support (LTS) release.
Kubuntu 8.04 Versions
Kubuntu 8.04 will consist of two different releases, the commercially supported one featuring the stable KDE 3.5.9 desktop and a remix featuring the latest release of KDE 4.0. The following is a quick breakdown of the type of support and distributions methods which will be made available to Kubuntu 8.04:
- Rock solid KDE 3
Commercial support provided by Canonical for a term of 18 months
Release available through ShipIt for everybody as well as downloading
Kubuntu KDE 4 Remix
- Cutting edge KDE 4.0
Release available through CDs for groups who need it (ie. LoCo teams, conference teams, etc.) as well as downloading
Upgrade from 7.10 or Download the CD
You can upgrade from Kubuntu 7.10 to 8.04 Beta over the internet in a few simple steps. See the upgrade walkthrough.
http://gb.releases.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/8.04/ (Great Britain)
http://nl.releases.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/8.04/ (The Netherlands)
http://mirror.muntinternet.net/pub/ubuntu/releases/kubuntu/8.04/ (The Netherlands)
Rest of the world
Kubuntu KDE 4 Remix Download
Previous Kubuntu 8.04 Releases
The following is a list of the previous Kubuntu 8.04 releases during the Hardy Heron development cycle:
New in Kubuntu 8.04 Beta
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 4.0.2, 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
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
KMenu -> System -> Desktop Effects
For the first time ever, Kubuntu 8.04 users, using KDE 3.5.9, will have the ability to easily enable Compiz desktop effects. Choose from 4 levels of desktop effects:
- No Effects - all effects are disabled and the KDE window manager (KWin) is used.
- Standard Effects - some simple effects such as shadows, window shrinking, and more.
- Extra Effects - take the standards 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 to tweak the effects.
KMenu -> Multimedia -> Amarok
Amarok released a new version of their award winning music player. This latest release, version 1.4.8, includes changes and bugfixes such as:
- Better support for the iPhone and iPod Touch mounted via fuse or sshfs
- Improved compatibility with the newer iPods
- Optimised some database queries with the MySQL backend
- Fixes to the PostgreSQL backend
Kaffeine Codec Installation
Codecs will now automatically be installed when opening a file for the first time in Kaffeine. This new setup for Kaffeine also includes the automatic installation of DVD codecs which allow you to play DVD Videos with your Kubuntu system.
Wubi is an Ubuntu installer for Windows users that will bring you into the Linux world without the hassle of partitioning. Wubi allows you to install and uninstall Kubuntu as any other application. Some of the pros of Wubi include:
- It does not require you to modify the partitions of your PC or the need to use a different bootloader
- It keeps most of the files in one folder, and if you do not like Wubi or Kubuntu, you can simply uninstall it
- It installs Kubuntu just like any other application, however upon installation, accessing Kubuntu is simple, just select it from the Windows bootloader and it will run just like any other operating system
For the first time ever, you can encrypt your file system (all but the /boot partition) for increased security during the installation of Kubuntu. Simply select the encryption option at the portion of the installation that requires you to setup your hard drive partitions. This option is only available with the Alternate Install CD at this time.
NTFS Support and User Mountable Hard Disks
Kubuntu 8.04 can easily read and write to your NTFS partitions. Simply open up Dolphin, select Storage Media, then select your NTFS partition, and away you go.
We have also enabled user mountable disks where they have not been set up in advance.
Bulletproof X and Display Configuration
Bulletproof X is a failsafe mode for X that will launch if the /etc/X11/xorg.conf files does not result in a working graphical environment due to Xorg failing to start.
KMenu -> System Settings -> Monitor & Display
Some modern video system are configured automatically by Kubuntu 8.04's X system. These systems lack the traditional /etc/X11/xorg.conf configuration file that displayconfig is designed to work with. Previously, in Gutsy and 8.04 Alpha releases, displayconfig was non-functional for these types of systems. To setup displayconfig to work with automatically configured displays, the following steps are required:
Open System Settings - Monitor & Display (KMenu -> System Settings then select the Monitor & Display icon)
Obtain administrative rights (press the Administrator Mode... button)
Select the appropriate monitor located under the Hardware tab
Apply the changes and then restart X (logout and then from the menu in KDM, select Restart X Server (Alt+E))
Once logged back in, open System Settings - Monitor & Display
- Obtain administrative rights
- Configure the display settings to your taste and apply changes
See Bug #203378 for further details and status.
Current Issues or Bugs
The following are issues or bugs that the development team is aware of:
Bug #1 - Microsoft has a majority market share
Bug #196520 Problems with configuring Konqueror and System Settings, references Library not found
Are you interesting in helping with the development of Kubuntu? If so, Kubuntu is looking for the following:
- IRC, Mailing Lists, and Forums supporters
- Application developers
No matter your skillset, Kubuntu has a job waiting for you! Check out HelpingKubuntu for more information.
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Release Notes Translations
The following is a list of translations for these release notes: