Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) out tomorrow.

I have to say I’ve been looking forward to this for a while now. I’m absolutely sick of Windows Vista SP1 on my laptop (an Acer Aspire 9303) (Camaxtli). I’ve already ranted about Vista on many, many, many occasions and as of tomorrow I can kiss goodbye to Windows forever. I plan on running Ubuntu 8.04 as my primary OS from here on in. I’ve been playing with the Alphas, Betas and RC releases and all I can say is “I love it”. I’ll be posting a full howto on installing and running Ubuntu 8.04 on my Acer Aspire 9303 laptop soon.

On another similar note my home server (Nyx) recently died. Its 10 year old CPU (Pentium III 450 Slot 1) burnt out so I’ve comissioned my Toshiba Portege 4000 laptop (Pentium III 750) to run as my new home server (Njord). It’s currently running Ubuntu Server 7.10 from a 4Gb Compact Flash, and 44pin CFIDE adapter, brilliantly and, more importantly, silently. The only thing I needed to change was to specify a different network card to use ( from a Realtek 8139 to an Intel E100 ) and everything else in Ubuntu just worked, couldn’t do that with Windows without a BSOD – INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE or some such nonsense. I’ll be upgrading to Ubuntu 8.04 Server tomorrow.

Funny thing is I was never “Anti-Microsoft” until they released Vista. I always said “If it works don’t knock it”. In fact I still run a Windows XP Media Center 2005 box under my TV beacuse it just works, maybe MythTV is better under Ubuntu 8.04 so I’ll give it another go. But for me Vista is broken. So before you all flame me I’ve never subscribed to the “Down with Microsoft, Up with Linux”. Each side has its own positive and negative points. I just try to keep a balance and for me that balance means ditching Vista in favour of Ubuntu in order to get the best out of my laptop and help me remain productive in 2008.