So long 8.04 Hardy Heron – You have a special place in my computing history.

A rather short post in order to mark the upcoming end of Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron which is announced as May 12th 2011.

Heron has a special place in my heart as it convinced me to switch from a dual-booting existence to that of 100% Linux in the home.  I never regretted the decision and have never looked back since.

From Canonical (Kate Stewart):

Ubuntu announced its 8.04 Desktop release almost 36 months ago, on April 24, 2008. For the LTS Desktop releases, Ubuntu committed to ongoing security and critical fixes for a period of 36 months. The support period is now nearing its end and Ubuntu 8.04 Desktop will reach end of life on Thursday, May 12, 2011. At that time, Ubuntu Security Notices will no longer include information or updated packages for Ubuntu 8.04 Desktop.


So it’s finally farewell to the distro which played such a prominent part in my computing history.  Ive moved away from Ubuntu since then however I still actively deploy Ubuntu and derived distro’s to new users who also want a better computing experience.

Thanks Canonical and thanks Heron –  I wish you all the success in the future and continue to follow (and deploy) your latest releases.


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2 thoughts on “So long 8.04 Hardy Heron – You have a special place in my computing history.

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  1. What is amazing is that you can install 8.04 on a machine, and tell it to upgrade, and one by one, upgrade to the current Ubuntu, and it just works. Oh, this works with other Linux distributions. And it’s so easy.

    Don’t try this with Windows. Not unless you have a year or two of your life to spare. And don’t mind constantly changing media, chasing drivers, and tearing your hair out in clumps.


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