Ubuntu 8.10 is an open source distribution of Linux built around the GNOME 2 desktop environment and based on the well known Debian GNU/Linux operating system. It is dubbed Intrepid Ibex.
It was officially announced by Canonical on October 30, 2008 and discontinued after 18 months, on April 30, 2010. This release was distributed as separate Alternate, Server and Desktop Live CDs editions.
Distributed as 32-bit and 64-bit Live CDs
However, it is still available for download as CD-size ISO images, supporting both 64-bit and 32-bit hardware platforms, designed to allow users to run a memory test, start an existing operating system from the first hard disk, try Ubuntu without any change to their computer, as well as to directly install it using a graphical installer.
We never recommend to install a Linux distribution directly from the boot prompt of the Live CD, as it might not support certain hardware components. First use the Live CD as-is, see if everything works out of the box, and then use the graphical installer provided on the desktop.
Powered by the GNOME Classic desktop environment
The live session is powered by the GNOME 2 desktop environment. It is comprised of a top panel for launching applications, accessing the main menu and system tray area, as well as a bottom panel for interacting with running programs and switching between virtual workspaces.
Key features include Linux kernel 2.6.27, GNOME 2..24, X.Org 7.4, guest sessions, DKMS (Dynamic Kernel Module Support), a BBC plugin for the Totem movie player, as well as support for the PAM authentication framework.
Default applications include the Evolution email and calendar client, Mozilla Firefox web browser, Pidgin multi-protocol instant messenger, Rhythmbox music player, Transmission torrent downloader, Orca screen reader and magnifier, Ekiga softphone, F-Spot photo manager, GIMP image editor, OpenOffice.org office suite, Totem movie player, and Synaptic Package Manager.