Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 5 Released - A short review

The fifth alpha of Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron has been released. Read the release notes, and download it. Here’s what I noticed that’s new in Hardy Heron Alpha 5:

  • The GNOME panel slides in to the screen when you log in. This kind of transition is a great touch.
  • The boot menu on the Ubuntu CD has been changed. After selecting a language from a huge menu, you have the choice to Try Ubuntu without any change to your computer or Install Ubuntu. The first option starts the live CD as you would expect. Selecting Install Ubuntu also starts Ubuntu, but just runs the installer over the default background without starting GNOME. This could be an option for slower computers. However, exiting the installer will start up GNOME normally.