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Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron First Impressions

Well with the addition of our article “Uncomplicated Firewalls” it’s obvious Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron isn’t perfect but is it still better than most? If you’re an Ubuntu soldier that was out on the front lines downloading yesterday, updated from beta or Gutsy Gibbon or anyone that has tried the final release, i want to hear from you.

What bugs does Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron still have?

What applications did you find useful?

How was your installation process?

And of course… what is your prediction of Ubuntu’s future?

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  1. alo
    April 25, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    The download mirror was a little busy so download was slow but after it finished installation was easy. I simply burned the Ubuntu 8.04 .iso file to a CD. Then restarted my computer and walked through the Ubuntu 8.04 installation steps. It took no time do get going and then i used Brasero to burn a data CD and Transmission bit torrent right away. Firefox 3.0 has many new improvements. I’ve been saying Firefox should have the zoom feature forever, now it comes with Firefox 3.0 on the Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron desktop. Over-all I liked the initial feeling i got from using Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron desktop and would recommend you give it a try… 🙂

  2. April 25, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Thanks for posting. Your right Firefox is an improvement.

  3. Matti
    May 1, 2008 at 2:22 am


    I upgraded from 7.10 –> 8.04. It took no more that 25min to go through and I did not have any problems with the upgrading process. One restart and I was running Hardy Heron.

    After a few days I started to experience problems.

    My Hardy-box (Mac Mini) now sometimes freezes for seemingly no reason. I checked /var/log/messages and found there rows and rows of:

    “..kernel: [143431.988578] [UFW BLOCK INPUT]: IN=eth0 OUT= MAC=00:16:cb:ac:78:ad:00:12:17:d4:52:32:08:00 SRC=X0.X23.X33.X2 DST=”

    These ufw blocking messages seem to go on until the machine freezes. This is curious because I’m sure that I have had these attempts to get into my box before (I have port 22 open for various reasons) but never experienced any performance or other problems.

    I then wanted to install fail2ban to collect those pesky IP’s but I found out that fail2ban does not work well with Heron. It is a known bug. %&#¤##!

    So far I am suspecting that ufw somehow corrupts my machine and causes the freezing.

  4. May 1, 2008 at 7:08 am

    Here is one thing you could do:

    Install a stable firewall option as a test; either lokkit or firestarter.

    sudo apt-get install lokkit
    sudo apt-get install firestarter

    We are hearing more and more people having weird experiences with ufw….

    The other thing is to change ssh so it listens on a different port than 22. Edit your /etc/ssh/ssh.conf file and change the default port from 22 to a higher random one….that will stop almost all ssh attacks. Be sure to set up your firewall to allow the port you use. And restart your ssh server.

  5. May 2, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    And of course… what is your prediction of Ubuntu’s future?

    my prediction… Ubuntu, sooner or later… will be used in the enterprise/corporate environment.

  6. May 3, 2008 at 2:27 am

    Actually I am working with an organization to offer a 40 hour class on the Ubuntu Desktop for the corporate environment in the state of California. This course will provide training for setting and managing the Desktop as well as training for replacement applications so people can use OpenOffice, Gimp, Dia, Inkscape, Scribus, etc at work. This course is being offered just because of the interest in the direction you are suggesting.

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