Ubuntu is free to use, to download and distribute making it the widely used free Linux operating system. Ubuntu 8.04 offers a long term support giving free updates for 3 years, for the desktop version and for the server version the long term support is 5 years.
This version is designated "LTS," for "long-term support," which should make it attractive to business customers who prefer a longer upgrade cycle for their operating systems.
Though Ubuntu being a free operating system, it is advisable to have a broadband, or an always on internet connection, so as the updates can be automatically downloaded and installed. Moreover new version of Ubuntu is released every 6 months. The next version Ubuntu 8.10 codenamed Intrepid Ibex is set to release in October.
The new version has several enhancements included. Windows users can easily try and experience the new Hardy Heron, without causing problem to the default windows operating system thanks to Wubi a new feature that makes installation easier and hassle free.
Changes and Features in the 8.04 release include Tango Compliance, Brasero disk burner, PulseAudio (powerful sound server), Rt2×00 wireless drivers, Compiz usability improved and a host of New Gnome applications.
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