Kubuntu 8.04.2 Released

The Kubuntu team is proud to announce the release of Kubuntu 8.04.2, the second and final maintenance update to Kubuntu's 8.04 release. This release includes updated desktop, and alternate installation CDs for the i386 and amd64 architectures. This update is provided in recognition that the current Kubuntu release (8.10) with its cutting edge KDE 4 desktop is not yet appropriate for all users.

In all, over 200 updates have been integrated, and updated installation media has been provided so that fewer updates will need to be downloaded after installation. These include security updates, and corrections for other high-impact bugs, with a focus on maintaining stability and compatibility with Kubuntu 8.04.

To Get Kubuntu 8.04.2

To download Kubuntu 8.04.2, please navigate to our download page.

Note: The alternate (non-live CD) for AMD64 is slightly over the normal size limit used in Kubuntu. It is still smaller than standard CD capacities, but if your CD burner has trouble with this image due to size, you should consider one of the other images.

We recommend that all users read the release notes, which document caveats and workarounds for known issues. They are available here.

About Kubuntu 8.04.2

This is the second maintenance release of Kubuntu 8.04, which continues to be supported with maintenance updates and security fixes until October 2009.

Over 200 post-release updates have been integrated, and a number of bugs in the installation system have been corrected. These include security updates and corrections for other high-impact bugs, with a focus on maintaining stability and compatibility with Kubuntu 8.04.

See the USN list for a full list of Ubuntu security updates. As of 2009-01-20, all updates affecting packages on the CD have been applied.

A summary of notable updates follows. See https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+bug for specific information about a particular bug number. A complete list of post-release updates can also be found on this Kubuntu wiki page.

Installer updates

  • Create sambashare group and add the initial user to it (#238224)

  • Permissions on some system files and directories were set wrong when installing from Desktop CDs. For users tracking the recommended hardy-updates repository, this issue has already been corrected post-install (#288479)

  • Record the partition table as changed when a single partition's file system type has changed, fixing bootloader installation failures when installing onto existing partitions (#149832)

  • Fix writing of /var/log/installer/oem-id in OEM mode (#251751)

  • Use the correct mirror for -security in the event of apt-setup/security_host being preseeded (#306356)

Desktop updates

  • KDE was updated to the current KDE3 release, KDE 3.5.10

  • Fix codec installation loop on unsupported media in kaffeine (#210303)

  • Fix khelpcenter's indexer to work with dash (#241916)

  • Fix latexconvert in Kopete to work with dash (#183989)

  • Fix latexconvert dash incompatibility (#267991)

  • Fix problems with remote resources crashing kontact, most notably when using GCal (#286905)

General updates

  • Set hdparm power management to 254 for all hard drives while on AC, and 128 while on battery (note that suspend/resume still breaks this, and a more complete fix will be forthcoming for Ubuntu 8.04.3) (#59695)

  • Support CDs with no uncompressed Packages files, only compressed ones, enabling upgrade to future releases using CDs (#255545)

  • Conflict with old mysql 4.1 packages to ensure smooth upgrades from Ubuntu 6.06 (#208695)

  • Backport cifs.upcall, to support Kerberos-authenticated CIFS kernel mounts (#236830)

  • e1000 checksum recheck after reset (#60388)

Helping shape Kubuntu

If you would like to help shape Kubuntu, take a look at the list of ways you can participate at the Helping Kubuntu wiki page.

If you have a question, or if you think you may have found a bug but aren't sure, try asking on the #kubuntu channel on irc.ubuntu.com, on the Kubuntu Users mailing list, or on the Kubuntu forums.

About Kubuntu

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