Teaching the heron to fly

Two weeks ago, I failed a patience test when I couldn’t wait for the final version of Ubuntu and installed the Release Candidate of the free operating system. Ubuntu 8.04 LTS, dubbed as Hardy Heron, has been treated with unmatched enthusiasm by Linux and Open Source software supporters. It seems as if Ubuntu fans (myself included) wanted the new version to be a winner in a season where new versions of all major operating systems have been thrown in to compete for the best OS title. Linux, of course, has more than one candidate in the race. OpenSUSE, Fedora, Mandriva and other derivatives are all geared up with milestone releases over the last and the coming few months, but Ubuntu is undoubtedly the reigning champion in terms of popularity among all Linux variants.

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