First look at Ubuntu 8.04 beta

Nearly everything about "Hardy Heron" feels snappier and more responsive than its predecessor.

It also carries a new kernel, a new version of the Gnome desktop, improved windowing and graphics layers, configuration tweaks, integration with Active Directory and seamless installation from Windows.

"Judging by its stability and polish you'd be hard pressed to tell it's a testing release," Neil McAllister writes in Ubuntu 8.04 beta, an agile upgrade. "Installation may be Hardy Heron’s biggest revelation."

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