The Ubuntu Team is pleased to announce the second release of Ubuntu, codenamed “The Hoary Hedgehog Release”. Ubuntu is a Linux distribution for the desktop or the server that includes all of Debian as well as most of the packages of apt-get.org, with a fast and easy install, regular releases (every six months), a tight selection of excellent packages installed by default and a commitment to security updates with 18 months of security and technical support for every release.
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Although Ubuntu includes more packages than any other Linux distribution, only a single CD is required for installation. Everything else can be selected and installed on demand from the network. Only the core “main” set of packages receives a guaranteed level of security review and updates.
Ubuntu gives you a distribution that is:
absolutely committed to free software, every application on the CD is free software
100% free of charge, and the Ubuntu team is committed to keeping it that way
complete with security updates for the distribution at no charge for at least 18 months after every release
easily upgradable to the latest desktop and kernel and infrastructure every six months
able to run on machines with x86, AMD64 and PowerPC processors, with additional ports to IA64, SPARC and HPPA under way in the community
Hoary Hedgehog (5.04) Features
Simple and fast Installation
Ubuntu comes on one single CD, with thousands of extra packages available online. The install is optimised for speed and simplicity. Ubuntu has excellent support for laptops (both x86 based and Powerbook / iBook PPC based), and can also be setup in a minimalist server configuration. It’s a text based installer for maximum compatibility and speed, we think it’s the fastest Linux install around.
Live CD’s for Intel x86, AMD64 and PPC
Ubuntu always includes the very latest stable GNOME and KDE. In Hoary we have GNOME 2.10.1, which features better performance and significant theme polish. You might also be interested in Kubuntu (**), the new community driven KDE-based Ubuntu, that is being released today.
First class productivity software
The complete release notes can be found here.
For more information, you can turn to any of the following resources:
The website contains some basic background on Ubuntu, an overview of the project, information on how to get it, and some documentation for the software.
Ubuntu Mailing Lists
Ubuntu mailing lists are the heart of our community. In addition to the announcement list, and lists for users and developers of Ubuntu, there are now Ubuntu mailing lists for the Dutch, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Russian and Israeli communities as well as lists devoted to Ubuntu security, news, translation, and the inevitable lighthearted chitchat. To get more information or to subscribe, visit lists.ubuntu.com.
Ubuntu IRC Channel: #ubuntu on irc.freenode.net
Thanks to the team of professional and volunteer maintainers who have worked so hard to bring The Hoary Hedgehog Release to fruition, and to members of the Ubuntu community, who have provided bug reports, documentation and translations.