Welcome to the Hardy Heron edition of Ubuntu Studio, an open source and freely distributed operating system that has been designed from the ground up to be used for producing audio and video materials, as well as to edit photos. It is based on Ubuntu and uses GNOME as its default and only desktop environment.
Still distributed as Alternate DVD discs
Ubuntu Studio 8.04 was an LTS (Long Term Support) release supported by Canonical with software updates and security patches from April 24, 2008 until January 22, 2009. During this time, it received a single maintenance release and can be downloaded as Alternate DVD ISO images for the 64-bit and 32-bit architectures.
The boot menu of the Alternate DVDs has been modified, as the "OEM install" option was removed. However, regular users will still be able to install the distribution on a local drive, rescue a broken operating system, boot from the first disk, as well as to perform a memory diagnostic test and DVD integrity check.
Still providing a text-mode installer
The project still provides users with a text-mode installer that will require them to choose a language and country, set up the keyboard, configure the network, select a timezone, partition the disk, create a user, configure the package manager, choose software to install, and configure the clock.
Still using a traditional and familiar GNOME desktop environment
Not much has been changed on this release, as the team wanted to provide users with a long term support release of Ubuntu Studio that is quite identical with the previous version. This means that it still uses the same great selection of applications and the traditional, familiar GNOME desktop environment.
Once again, we feel obliged to ask Canonical to drop the Alternate DVDs in favor of the widely used Live DVDs, simply because users don't want to install an operating system without first testing it. Other than that, it proves to be a very stable release, especially because it is based on Ubuntu 8.04 LTS.