8.04.2 LTS GPL (GNU General Public License)    
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An Ubuntu-derived distribution with the K Desktop Environment (KDE).

editor's review





Welcome to the Hardy Heron edition of Kubuntu, which is also the second LTS (Long Term Support) release of this open source operating system derived from Ubuntu Linux and built around the latest KDE desktop technologies and applications.

Distributed as Desktop and Alternate CDs for two architectures

The Kubuntu 8.04 LTS release was announced by Canonical on April 24, 2008 along with many other Ubuntu flavors. It was supported until May 12, 2011, but it can still be downloaded as Desktop and Alternate CD ISO images for the 64-bit (amd64) and 32-bit (i386) instruction set architectures.

While the Alternate CDs can be used to install the operating system in text-mode, the Desktop CDs have been engineered to allow the user to try the distribution before installing it. In addition, both editions include common functionality, such as the ability to boot an existing OS, run a memory test or check the disc for defects (only if using a CD media).

Beautiful and productive KDE 3 desktop environment with powerful tools

The KDE 3 project still looks amazing and provides users with a productive and powerful desktop environment comprised of a single taskbar from where the user can easily and quickly launch applications, interact with running programs and cycle between virtual workspaces.

Default applications include the Konqeror web browser, KTorrent BitTorrent client, Kopete instant messenger, Konversation IRC client, Kontact PIM client, Akregator news reader, digiKam photo management program, Gwenview image viewer, Kooka scan and OCR program, Amarok audio player, K3b CD/DVD burning software, and Kaffeine media player.

Bottom line

Even if it looks unchanged from the previous release, Kubuntu 8.04 is a really great, fast and very stable operating system, especially because it's a LTS (Long Term Support) edition. However, it is no longer supported and archived for historical purposes only.

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Last updated on May 22nd, 2014
Kubuntu - The default desktop environment of the Kubuntu 8.04 LTS operating system

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