Alright, here's an FAQ for upgrading to Hardy for everyone who reads this blog. I figure the info should be posted far and wide, so here you go.
- When will it be released?
- EDIT: It's out.
- If I installed from an alpha/beta/release candidate CD, what do I do?
- If you've kept up with your updates, nothing. If you haven't, install your normal updates.
- How do I download it?
- Using the torrent (and then seeding to at least a 1:1 ratio) is preferred. Last year, the servers were on death's doorstep and the main site had to be taken down because their was just too much demand. I assume there will be an even higher demand for Hardy.
- EDIT: Yes, very high demand. The Ubuntu site is down, and even the torrent tracker went for a few minutes.
- Hardy Desktop (Live) i386 Torrent
- Hardy Desktop (Live) 64-bit Torrent
- Hardy Alternate i386 Torrent
- Hardy Alternate 64-bit Torrent
- (almost) all other torrents
- How do I upgrade from Gutsy?
- Just run the update-manager and tell it to check for updates. You will see a button at the top offering to upgrade you to 8.04.
- Can I upgrade Gutsy to Hardy from a CD?
- Yes, please download the Alternate CD. When you insert it into your Gutsy system, it should recognize the CD as a repository and allow you to install updates from it. You will still need to update the programs you have installed which are not part of a default install over the internet.
- How's the memory usage?
- More of your memory will probably be in use, but it won't be slower because of it. Mine actually feels snappier. It seems Hardy is caching the memory to be able to make it quickly available to new processes for good responsiveness. Remember, unused memory is wasted memory.
- Why isn't Kubuntu an LTS?
- Kubuntu 8.04 has KDE4. KDE4 is too new and untested to really be called stable enough for an LTS release. KDE 3.5.9 won't be supported long enough to be an LTS.
- Why is Firefox 3 beta 5 included? It's beta!
- Firefox 2 will not continue to get security updates from Mozilla long enough to be in an LTS release. FF3b5 is in very good shape, and the final release is due in June. June is also when 8.04.1 is due, which will include all updates up to that point on an updated iso image, and also (I expect) FF3 final.
- Why Pulse Audio when I've just finally figured out ALSA?
- Edubuntu is sort of leading the way with LTSP, and the only way a thin client is going to get reliable sound (or is it "any sound at all"?) is with Pulse Audio.
- Pulse Audio also takes care of a whole bunch of issues with PCM Multiout, like that bug everyone complains about where they can't have more than one audio-outputting app going at once, even when one's paused.
- How do I type in Chinese/Japanese/Korean?
- Go to System -> Administration -> Languages and enable complex character input.
- NEW Can I do full disk encryption?
- Yes, the alternate CDs can set up encrypted LVM
- NEW Can I install from a USB thumb drive?
- Yes, take a look here. Don't worry about the manual section, just use isostick.sh, but do take a look at the part about what to do after installation about your /etc/fstab
- Any really big changes I should be aware of?
- Pulse Audio is the default sound server. MythTV might need some tweaks. Flash might as well.
- The new Xorg is supposed to be all nice and hotplugable, but
dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorgis no more. /etc/X11/xorg.conf is also now very barebones. This is for the hotplugability. The correct way to configure this new version of X is with the
xfixcommand. Changing resolution is done on the fly with
- For GUI configuration of X, System -> Preferences -> Screen Resolution should do nicely instead of the Screens & Graphics tool.
- You will no longer be automatically prompted for your password when accessing nearly everything in the Administration menu. Instead, you can actually see what the tool is first, and then press the "Unlock" button to get admin access to the tool. This is thanks to Policy Kit.
- When you're helping a friend with an evil Broadcom wireless card, it's no longer
bcm43xx-fwcutter. It's now
OK, that's everything I can think of off the top of my head, but if you have any other questions, post in the comments, and I'll try to answer them.