Ubuntu 8.04 “Hardy Heron” Alpha 1 Released

By | 2007/12/01

Late last nite I downloaded the Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 1 release iso and will begin testing soon. I encourage anyone that is apt for adventure, has spare VM space, or otherwise wants to help out to download the image as well. For more information on this release I’ve included the release announcement email below.  Download links included for all major variants, including Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Edubuntu, Xubuntu, Gobuntu, Ubuntu Studio and jeOS.:


Why long should I linger
In moment’s swift passing
When laughter’s brief banquet
Would lessen life’s burdens
On parchment with pens
In memories sweet stains
There would I sojourn
On wings of the Egret

— Richard Lloyd Cederberg, “On Wings Of The Egret”

Welcome to Hardy Heron Alpha-1, which will in time become Ubuntu 8.04.

Pre-releases of Hardy are *not* encouraged for anyone needing a stable system or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even
frequent breakage. They are, however, recommended for Ubuntu developers and those who want to help in testing, reporting, and fixing bugs.

Alpha 1 is the first in a series of milestone CD images that will be released throughout the Hardy development cycle. The Alpha images are known
to be reasonably free of showstopper CD build or installer bugs, while representing a very recent snapshot of Hardy. You can download it here:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/hardy/alpha-1/ (Ubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/hardy/alpha-1/ (Kubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/releases/hardy/alpha-1/ (Edubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/jeos/releases/hardy/alpha-1/ (Ubuntu JeOS)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/hardy/alpha-1/ (Xubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/gobuntu/releases/hardy/alpha-1/ (Gobuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/hardy/alpha-1/ (UbuntuStudio)

See http://wiki.ubuntu.com/Mirrors for a list of mirrors.

The primary changes from Gutsy have been the re-merging of changes from Debian and the upgrade to Xorg 7.3.

Please refer to http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/hardy/alpha1 for information on changes in Ubuntu and https://wiki.kubuntu.org/HardyHeron/Alpha1/Kubuntu
for changes in Kubuntu.

This is quite an early set of images, so you should expect some bugs. For a list of known bugs (that you don’t need to report if you encounter), please
see: http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/hardy/alpha1

If you’re interested in following the changes as we further develop Hardy, have a look at the hardy-changes mailing list:


We also suggest that you subscribe to the ubuntu-devel-announce list if you’re interested in following Ubuntu development. This is a
low-traffic list (a few posts a week) carrying announcements of approved specifications, policy changes, alpha releases, and other
interesting events.


Bug reports should go to the Ubuntu bug tracker:


One thought on “Ubuntu 8.04 “Hardy Heron” Alpha 1 Released

  1. Lane Lester

    Thanks for the update. I used Hardy as a reason to give Xubuntu a try on my spare partition. So far I’m pleased with both Xubuntu and Hardy. Sure, the system crashes hard every so often, but booting is fast enough for it not to be a problem.

    XFCE4 has come a long way over the years, and I think I may stick with it.


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