Friday, July 17, 2009

Ubuntu 8.04.3 (LTS) Released

Don't you hate when you have to reinstall a Linux distribution a few weeks before the next release comes out? If in the first month or so, the clean installation can be used almost right away, with only a few updates to be downloaded and applied, as time passes, the update pile gets bigger and bigger so the usual 10-minute install transforms into a time consuming process. Add that to a really low-speed Internet connection, and you've got yourself plans for a whole afternoon.

The regular version of the Ubuntu Linux distribution doesn't benefit from maintenance releases, but it's not that big of a deal, given the fact that every six months a new version comes out. But Canonical also has the LTS version of their operating system, offering three and five-year support for desktops and servers respectively, so, in this scenario, regular updated ISOs are almost mandatory.

Ubuntu 8.04 LTS received yesterday, on the 16th of July, the third maintenance update. Thus, Ubuntu 8.04.3 images can be downloaded from the official mirrors.

Steve Langasek of Ubuntu:

"80 post-release updates have been integrated, and a number of bugs in the installation system have been corrected. These include security updates and corrections for other high-impact bugs, with a focus on maintaining stability and compatibility with Ubuntu 8.04 LTS."

And here are some of the more important changes made to the Live and Alternate CDs for both desktops and servers:
  • The persistent mode on the Live CD now works properly;
  • Solved the GPT/MBR syncing problem on the latest Intel-powered Macintoshes;
  • Handling of UUIDs on existing swap partitions during the installation process was fixed;
  • Shortcuts to SMB shares were fixed in Nautilus;
  • Fixed a connection problem with the latest ICQ protocol;
  • Assigning new users a name that is already used as the name of a group is no longer possible;
  • Fixed a kernel oops in the NFS client.
For more details and the full list of updates, check Steve's announcement.

Click here to download Ubuntu 8.04.3 LTS (Hardy Heron) or the latest and greatest 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope).

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