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The new version of Ubuntu affectionately codenamed Hardy Heron has been officially released. It’s a Long Term Support release (the second that Ubuntu has had), which means three years of security updates for the desktop (5 years for the server). You might want to hold off for a few days to upgrade as I’m doing because the servers are naturally, quite busy.

The Ubuntu community provides an easy walkthrough for upgrading and they’ve got a very smooth screenshot walkthrough for Kubuntu as well.

The new Ubuntu provides the latest software versions from the open source stream, like X.org 7.3, 2.6.24 Linux kernel, and GNOME 2.22. The PolicyKit framework has been integrated into Ubuntu’s administration windows, allowing the assignment of fine-grained administration permissions to normal users. This way, if you need your friend to change, say, your display settings, you won’t need to enter your password for him or divulge it outright in plain earsight of your mortal enemies.

Kubuntu is offering both KDE 3.5.9 (commercially supported by Canonical) and KDE 4.0.3.

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