Pondering Ubuntu 8.04
Make no mistake about it: I think Ubuntu is the best Linux distribution for the corporate/institutional desktop available, and I'm not likely to change my mind. With that said, however, I have to question the logic behind the latest release.
Version 8.04 was officially launched this year in April (hence the "04") and Canonical, the company overseeing Ubuntu, has been fairly good at keeping to the new-release-every-six-months schedule. Likewise, back in the early days of PCs, Microsoft seemed to release new versions of operating systems around every turn -- but was often lambasted for it.
(Interesting: What we perceived as iniquity in Microsoft then, we attribute to advancement in Linux now.)
This Ubuntu release is notable in that it's the first Long-Term Support (LTS) release in a while (about two years). Because it's LTS, support for its desktop implementation is guaranteed until 2011 and for the server implementation until 2013, with all other releases identified as short-term support.
But aside from this distinction, there's nothing else that makes this release truly stand out -