iTWire has an article about how there are quite a few signifigant bugs in the new release of Ubuntu, 8.04. Unfortunately, I cannot say that things have moved so smoothly with my installation either. The problem lies in the fact that I can’t even get the installation CD to run.
I have tried the Ubuntu 8.04 LiveCD, Alternate (text mode) installation CD, and I know the Kubuntu CDs don’t work. That’s three confirmed down that do not work on my laptop. My laptop is about 2 years old now, so it’s not an old laptop, and every Ubuntu release, CD and all, worked up until this point. Now, things just refuse to run. I tried the LiveCD on a family computer, and it worked just fine, so at least I know I burned the CD correctly. I could install Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon and upgrade, and hope things work. If things did not work, do I want to be stuck with a monkey for the next 2 years, until it’s time to replace my laptop? I could, but new features draw me in. I enjoy new features and seeing what they can do.
In my opinion, like the first LTS release, Dapper Drake back in June 2006, it would have been beneficial to hold off the new release for two months to fix bugs. After all, it’s and Long Term Support release, and is supposed to be stable. From what I am finding, things did not move as smoothly as I had thought. I am sure others will have great experiences installing and using Hardy Heron, and I just have a freak problem with my laptop hardware communicating with the software. As of now, I’ll be staying in Mandriva 2008.