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earthpigg
April 13th, 2011, 08:06 AM
Link. (http://permalink.gmane.org/gmane.linux.ubuntu.announce/142)


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.

The supported upgrade path from Ubuntu 8.04 Desktop is via Ubuntu 10.04 Desktop. Instructions and caveats for the upgrade may be found at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LucidUpgrades. Ubuntu 8.04 Server continues to be actively supported with security updates and
select high-impact bug fixes.

Does the death of Ubuntu 8.04 Long Term Support make anyone else sad? Or, feel old?

This is from the era when the Great Migration from MySpace to Facebook was young, and when the Desktop Cube was the greatest thing ever. Home folder encryption was not easy, and I believe firefox was in the 2.X era. We also had to walk uphill both ways, through snow, to get to ubuntuforums.org.

I believe it first came with some beta version of firefox.

Here are some images of Ubuntu 8.04, truly a Great Leap Forward for Ubuntu over the shady offerings that preceded it:

A slideshow. (http://www.zdnet.com/photos/ubuntu-804-hardy-heron-installation/193586?seq=3)

http://cache.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/17/2009/07/hardy_splash.jpg

http://img515.imageshack.us/img515/6313/1newchocolatecdlabelvy4.jpg

If I remember correctly, the text-based installer and command-line-only installer were all included on the basic 32-bit .iso. 64-bit was for brave adventurers only and the arch meme was in full power. Wasn't there also something about pink ponies during this era?
http://cache.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/17/2009/07/ubuntu_load.jpg

http://cache.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/17/2009/07/ubuntu_wubi.jpg

we still don't have curved corners on this menu without bashing our head up against a titanium wall, first. what is up with that?? And, how did this Portuguese speaking dude manage to accomplish it? a timeless mystery! Go ahead, click on "Applications" in 2011. Still no curves, all 90 degree right angles. That is utter crap, but some folks could avoid it even in 2008.

http://www.thebuzzmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/ubuntu-hardy-gelatin-large.jpg

I absolutely loved this login screen... for those that do not recall, many firms could not use the one that followed because their security protocols required that usernames not be visible or verified without a corresponding password (the situation we currently have).

http://www.peppertop.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/ubuntu_hardy_login.png

unknownPoster
April 13th, 2011, 08:16 AM
8.04 was the best release to date in my opinion, but all things must come to an end.

Darth Penguin
April 13th, 2011, 08:17 AM
Even though it's not going to be supported anymore, it's still more secure than the current version of Mac OS X. :P

http://secunia.com/advisories/product/18611/

http://secunia.com/advisories/product/96/

burton61
April 13th, 2011, 08:21 AM
8.04 was my second distro that i've tried, and liked it at the very first moment.... i barely knew anything about linux at that time, but with this distro i took my first steps... :-)

it's like an old toy, hate to let it go because so many great memories are associated with it...

ilovelinux33467
April 13th, 2011, 08:21 AM
The best release of ubuntu ever IMHO. I loved 8.04. Wallpaper in 8.04 was amazing. I will miss it :(

earthpigg
April 13th, 2011, 08:21 AM
it's like an old toy, hate to let it go because so many great memories are associated with it...

i kind of want to sing the "circle of life" song form the lion king and cry.

only kind of.

rudihawk
April 13th, 2011, 08:24 AM
8.04 is still one of my Favourite releases. I love it to bits!

earthpigg
April 13th, 2011, 08:33 AM
Look what I just found in the junk drawer:

The Ship-it CD for 8.04 64-bit, with the contemporary Ultimate Boot CD and some currency from the country I was living in at the time - all stuffed into the enclosure that the Ship-it CD came in.

Whenever I moved, I moved the junk-drawer - keeping its contents intact - with me.

I think I have a more recent official Ship-it CD in the trunk of my car, but don't quote me on that.

According to some random website (http://www.150currency.com/rateslocal.php?amount=2000&ToCurrency=USD&FromCurrency=MRO) found from Google, that 2,000 Ouguiya is worth $7.20 USD today -- not much has changed in that regard!

If I remember correctly, the 32-bit version came in a brownish-orange color scheme, instead of yellowish-orange.

Metallion
April 13th, 2011, 08:36 AM
Started using Ubuntu at 7.04 and I indeed have a soft spot for 8.04. My favourite Ubuntu version to date. Also the last to come with KDE3 which i swore by at the time. It's still installed on my girlfriend's laptop too.

Thanks for posting this little memory. :)

unknownPoster
April 13th, 2011, 08:37 AM
Even though it's not going to be supported anymore, it's still more secure than the current version of Mac OS X. :P

http://secunia.com/advisories/product/18611/

http://secunia.com/advisories/product/96/

Yes because that's relevant to the conversation. #-o

earthpigg
April 13th, 2011, 08:44 AM
as a lover of History, this makes me sad.

earthpigg
April 13th, 2011, 08:51 AM
I think I started with 7.04 even though 7.10 was already out - after installing, I immediately followed the "Continue" prompts and upgraded to 7.10. The upgrade went perfectly, IIRC. Someone had handed me a ShipIt 7.04 ShipIt CD that sat in a drawer gathering dust for six months, and I later purchased a laptop with early Windows Vista preinstalled (who wouldn't be driven to some zany alternative operating system by that abomination?).

I didn't come to Linux because I gave a crap about unix or open source or the command line or rms or anything else. I came to Linux because I estimated it potentially as less crappy than pre-service-pack-1 Vista.

If not for ShipIt, I may never have discovered Open Source Software. And now, a zillion ubuntuforums.org beans or posts or whatever later... 7.10 was nice, but 8.04 sealed the deal for me. Aside from my cellular phone and TI-83 calculator, I haven't had another operating system installed on any computer in my house since then -- not even a Cable Box or DVD Player. My mom and best friend are happy Ubuntu users, and I get fewer "fix this!" phone calls now than I ever did in the past.

And, I don't even mention the hundreds of hours I poured into Masonux (http://sites.google.com/site/masonux/) with its several thousand downloads before Lubuntu came out....

None of this would have happened without Ubuntu 8.04 Desktop LTS. It's also gotten me laid, but I can't talk about that here.

For all of those reasons and more, the demise of 8.04 and ShipIt are both saddening to me.

Giant Speck
April 13th, 2011, 09:51 AM
Ubuntu 8.04 was the first version of Ubuntu I ever used. Technically, I originally installed Ubuntu 7.10, but it was right after 8.04 had been released, so I went ahead and upgraded almost immediately after finding that fact out.

user1397
April 13th, 2011, 09:53 AM
I'll definitely miss hardy heron. It was truly one of the best releases IMHO. I was only on it for 6 months before upgrading, but I still remember it, unlike several releases after it.

earthpigg
April 13th, 2011, 09:55 AM
I still remember it, unlike several releases after it.

yeah, seriously.... 9.10? what was that?

exactly. i have no idea what it was.

Giant Speck
April 13th, 2011, 10:07 AM
I remember being really upset about upgrading to 8.10 because it meant I couldn't use KDE 3 anymore. I didn't even try to touch Kubuntu again until 10.04.

aG93IGRvIGkgdWJ1bnR1Pw==
April 13th, 2011, 10:15 AM
I remember testing it, seeing no significant improvements or advantages over Debian Testing, and never looking at it again.

Sand & Mercury
April 13th, 2011, 10:19 AM
we still don't have curved corners on this menu without bashing our head up against a titanium wall, first. what is up with that?? And, how did this Portuguese speaking dude manage to accomplish it? a timeless mystery! Go ahead, click on "Applications" in 2011. Still no curves, all 90 degree right angles. That is utter crap, but some folks could avoid it even in 2008.
That's a mockup.

Johnsie
April 13th, 2011, 10:39 AM
The brown versions were so much better than the purple apple-wannabe mess.

Grenage
April 13th, 2011, 10:50 AM
8.04 was only out the other day! Next thing you'll know, we'll be having nostalgia over last Saturday.

When I were a lad...

KiwiNZ
April 13th, 2011, 10:54 AM
I much prefer the new look

Spice Weasel
April 13th, 2011, 10:55 AM
It's installed on some of the familys PCs because I knew how stable and easy to use once configured KDE3 can be. I'm against this because it means I finally have to get off my *** and install CentOS. Boo. :(

Trinity Desktop, SimplyMEPIS, Slax and CentOS are all good things. They mean that nobody whose computer I crudely set up has to learn a new desktop.

Docaltmed
April 13th, 2011, 11:14 AM
Does the death of Ubuntu 8.04 Long Term Support make anyone else sad? Or, feel old?



Old? Old? I'll tell you what makes you feel old. Shipping your last child off to college, now *that* makes you feel old.

As far as my 8.04 CD? Not very long ago in my book. But it was the first Ubuntu I tried, in desperation after deciding -- just barely -- to not take a ball peen hammer to my very expensive new HP touchscreen tablet with Vista on it.

Now that was a wild ride. I never compiled so much as a laundry list in my life, and all of a sudden I was compiling drivers, modding .conf files left and right, and generally digging further into the guts of things than I ever had (excepting the time I figured out 6,276 ways to lock up my Osborne CP/M "portable" computer while I taught myself assembly language. (just for fun. I am not, and never have been, a computer professional)). <= (I did learn how to nest expressions, however).

In the end, it was worth it. By the time 8.10 came out, I had probably the best laptop/tablet I had ever had. The thing was screamingly fast and was far more competent than it had been while dragging Vista around by the heels.

del_diablo
April 13th, 2011, 11:43 AM
8.04 still had the best wallpaper, EVER. <3

pwnst*r
April 13th, 2011, 11:44 AM
Hardy is when I started using Linux as my daily driver. That was a great release.

RiceMonster
April 13th, 2011, 02:25 PM
I used Ubuntu as my main OS for 7.10 and 8.04. Good times. Hardy was also the only version of Ubuntu to have a good wallpaper (IMO).

3rdalbum
April 13th, 2011, 03:03 PM
Hardy and Intrepid had awesome wallpaper. Unfortunately those releases had some problems with Atheros wifi cards, which is why I recommended people to update out of them to 9.10 as soon as I could.

I won't miss Hardy, it's certainly run its course. Ancient software now.

Tristam Green
April 13th, 2011, 03:16 PM
I remember being really upset about upgrading to 8.10 because it meant I couldn't use KDE 3 anymore. I didn't even try to touch Kubuntu again until 10.04.

Oddly enough, it was the *last* version I used.

aaaantoine
April 13th, 2011, 03:49 PM
My aunt's laptop is still running 8.04. I hope there aren't any problems going forward. I won't have a chance to upgrade it to 10.04 until at least late May.

Also, Earthpigg, 8.04 came with Firefox 3 beta when it was first released. And it's a good thing, too, because FF 3 was signficantly better than 2.0.0.x.

samalex
April 13th, 2011, 09:29 PM
I'm still running 8.04 Server on my home server, but I think Server Edition will be supported for a bit longer so I'm good :)

:popcorn:

Naiki Muliaina
April 14th, 2011, 12:03 AM
8.04 pulled me from using Mandriva....

I love the new themes but I miss the animal backgrounds >.< hardy and Intrepid were the shiz!

NovaAesa
April 14th, 2011, 12:19 AM
8.04 was my 3rd Ubuntu release, and one of my favourites!