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    Ubuntu 8.04 desktop edition now available

    The latest version of Ubuntu, code-named "Hardy Heron", is now available for download.
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    Re: Ubuntu 8.04 desktop edition now available

    8.04 also has wubi integrated, which 7.10 doesn't(? don't remember it being on the copy I had) wubi allows you to install within windows; set your partition size up to 30gb, it restarts and creates the parition, installs and then your set for dual booting. When you want to remove it you can do so form add/remove in windows

    Its very good, got it all setup last night.

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    Re: Ubuntu 8.04 desktop edition now available

    I shall be installing this on my Laptop when I go home

    Set the torrent going last night, but then turned my machine off!

    So I'm at sat Uni downloading it at ~1MB/s, which grabs a 700MiB ISO pretty quickly!
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    Re: Ubuntu 8.04 desktop edition now available

    installed on my 2nd PC so far it look good. I only wish that they made it easier to modify the GUI as I tried with the last version to make it look like OSX and failed several times

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    Re: Ubuntu 8.04 desktop edition now available

    Quote Originally Posted by slypie View Post
    installed on my 2nd PC so far it look good. I only wish that they made it easier to modify the GUI as I tried with the last version to make it look like OSX and failed several times
    Yeah I found it a bit tricky to alter the GUI as well... actually I should re-phrase that and say that I didn't have the patience last night, its quite fiddly to change the colours. some nice pre-defined themes would be good.

    One other thing I did notice was that it picked up an NTFS formatted external HDD that I have and mounted it rather more quickly and easily than 7.10 did. So I was able to sync rhythmbox with that for all my music

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    Re: Ubuntu 8.04 desktop edition now available

    I want to install this on my dell laptop but being new to linux im worried about getting all the hardware devices to work with it. I like the sound of the simpler way to install it but do u think i should wait for dell to put together their version of it with all drivers included or just go for it and try to install the drivers myself?

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    Re: Ubuntu 8.04 desktop edition now available

    Quote Originally Posted by raptor4216 View Post
    I want to install this on my dell laptop but being new to linux im worried about getting all the hardware devices to work with it. I like the sound of the simpler way to install it but do u think i should wait for dell to put together their version of it with all drivers included or just go for it and try to install the drivers myself?
    i think you'd be fine to go ahead and install it yourself... there is one thing that springs to mind though. do you use wifi? check the wifi adapter is compatible. I've been using ubuntu on an HP laptop for a while. works perfectly but I do get reduced wifi range because it uses a broadcom wifi adapter and I'm pretty sure these are quite commonly used by Dell to.

    As I said above, wubi, give it a try and if it doesn't work out for you uninstall it. It is a great OS.

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    Re: Ubuntu 8.04 desktop edition now available

    Quote Originally Posted by raptor4216 View Post
    I want to install this on my dell laptop but being new to linux im worried about getting all the hardware devices to work with it. I like the sound of the simpler way to install it but do u think i should wait for dell to put together their version of it with all drivers included or just go for it and try to install the drivers myself?
    I have been running the release candidate on my Asus Laptop for the past few weeks, and it has been working pretty well. I did have trouble with WiFi tools, but that was an issue with desktop tools to chose and log into networks, rather than a device driver issue. Everything else is working fine. The laptop even hibernates correctly which is major achievement for a Linux laptop.

    In any case, if you just want to test if your hardware is compatible, then then all ubuntu install discs are bootable and can be used as live CDs, so you can boot into a desktop and test it out without committing to anything or touching your hard disc. I would say to go for it, If you are just experimenting then a a 20Gb partion or wubi disc image should be sufficient.

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    Re: Ubuntu 8.04 desktop edition now available

    Ok thanks, will give it a try over the weekend. As you mentioned the wifi is the concern because without that i cant use the net, will try to find out what adapter is inside it. I didnt realise u could boot directly into the OS from the disc itself, very useful

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    Re: Ubuntu 8.04 desktop edition now available

    Quote Originally Posted by raptor4216 View Post
    I want to install this on my dell laptop but being new to linux im worried about getting all the hardware devices to work with it. I like the sound of the simpler way to install it but do u think i should wait for dell to put together their version of it with all drivers included or just go for it and try to install the drivers myself?

    I would be very suprised if Ubuntu didn't work out the box so to speak with the relationship that Dell have with them. I would expect Wifi to work fine. With the latest version you can install Ubuntu as if it was a program with Windows (it's called Wubi, just pop the disc in when booted into Windows and follow the instructions). If you don't like it you can uninstall it through add/remove programs so your not risking anything. It will also install a bootup menu to allow you to easily pick between Windows and Ubuntu on startup.

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    Re: Ubuntu 8.04 desktop edition now available

    Quote Originally Posted by slypie View Post
    I would be very suprised if Ubuntu didn't work out the box so to speak with the relationship that Dell have with them. I would expect Wifi to work fine. With the latest version you can install Ubuntu as if it was a program with Windows (it's called Wubi, just pop the disc in when booted into Windows and follow the instructions). If you don't like it you can uninstall it through add/remove programs so your not risking anything. It will also install a bootup menu to allow you to easily pick between Windows and Ubuntu on startup.
    I think we will see hardware manufacturers making more of an effort to provide linux device drivers in future its a good sign if Dell are offering Ubuntu with new laptops, big driving force for change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptor4216 View Post
    Ok thanks, will give it a try over the weekend. As you mentioned the wifi is the concern because without that i cant use the net, will try to find out what adapter is inside it.
    In my case the low level device drivers where not the problem. The problem was the lack of any high level GUI tool to chose a network, and enter a WPA key. That sort of thing is not card specific.

    After some searching on the Ubuntu forums I was able to find a solution, but I did need to use a cable to connect to my router for a while. If I where you I would keep a cable handy, especially during installation.

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    Re: Ubuntu 8.04 desktop edition now available

    Quote Originally Posted by chrestomanci View Post
    In my case the low level device drivers where not the problem. The problem was the lack of any high level GUI tool to chose a network, and enter a WPA key. That sort of thing is not card specific..
    click the networking icon, select a wifi network, enter key when prompted

    even makes using a VPN easy (VPN connections submenu)

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    Re: Ubuntu 8.04 desktop edition now available

    Quote Originally Posted by slypie View Post
    I would be very suprised if Ubuntu didn't work out the box so to speak with the relationship that Dell have with them. I would expect Wifi to work fine. With the latest version you can install Ubuntu as if it was a program with Windows (it's called Wubi, just pop the disc in when booted into Windows and follow the instructions). If you don't like it you can uninstall it through add/remove programs so your not risking anything. It will also install a bootup menu to allow you to easily pick between Windows and Ubuntu on startup.
    Is installing it this way any different to the standard way in terms of performance etc? I remember reading somewhere that doing it this way is not as good as installing in normally, is that true?

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    Re: Ubuntu 8.04 desktop edition now available

    And for all you media centre PC lovers out there, 8.04 of | Mythbuntu is available, which appears to have some nice features.

    I've always built my mythtv rig from standard Ubuntu because mythbuntu has been a bit immature, but they've made a lot of progress since I last built my system.
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    Re: Ubuntu 8.04 desktop edition now available

    Another Ubuntu eh...well its time for another virtual harddrive on VMWare...

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