Third Alpha of Hardy Heron (Ubuntu 8.04)

Ubuntu development team has released the third alpha of Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy Heron", and it is out and ready for testing.

Alpha 3 is the third 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.

What's new on this release?

X.Org 7.3, with an emphasis on better auto-configuration with a minimal configuration file; Linux kernel 2.6.24 brings in significant enhancements and fixes that have been merged in the last few months into the mainline kernel; PulseAudio enabled by default; PolicyKit integration makes it possible to run administrative applications as a normal user; Firefox 3 Beta 2 brings much better system integration including theming that mirrors the system such as icons and colours as well as having GTK+2 form buttons and open dialog.

With Alpha 3, PolicyKit integration is gaining visibility in the administrative user interfaces. PolicyKit makes it possible to run administrative applications as a normal user, and have them get a particular set of extra privileges for certain operations, which allows fine grained control over user permissions and enhances usability, as well as eliminating the security implications of running the whole application as root.

You can download this thisrd alpha of Hardy Heron's release at here.


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