If you haven’t heard the news already, Ubuntu has released Ubuntu 8.04 “Hardy Heron” for both the Desktop and Server. This is the second Long Term Release of the popular distro.

This release marks some pretty drastic improvements for the fight to bring the Linux desktop to the mainstream audience. Wubi, the Windows based Ubuntu Installer, is an officially supported Ubuntu installer for Windows users that can bring you to the Linux world with a single click. Wubi allows you to install and uninstall Ubuntu as any other Windows application, in a simple and safe way. This is definitely going to get more “everyday” desktop users to try out Linux.

Upgrade from Ubuntu 7.10 to Ubuntu 8.04

If you have an existing installation of Ubuntu, upgrading to the latest 8.04 is very simple. Just open System -> Administration -> Update Manager or from the command line, run sudo update-manager. Check for new updates and simply click on the Upgrade button next to the message that states “New distribution release“.

Read the official how to upgrade from Ubuntu 7.10 to Ubuntu 8.04 here.

To download the new Ubuntu 8.04 “Hardy Heron” release go here.