Ubuntu 8.10 now available

October 30, 2008 | In: Ubuntu

Canonical Ltd. has announced the availability today of Ubuntu® 8.10 Desktop Edition and Server Edition.

Ubuntu 8.10 Desktop Edition is designed for the pervasively connected digital lifestyle. With new 3G network support, users can move smoothly from wired and WiFi networks onto 3G cellphone networks while traveling. Ubuntu 8.10 is also built to be shared – users can start a quick “guest session” on the fly and let someone use their computer to surf the web or check email, while maintaining the security and integrity of their own data. And if that person really enjoys their brief session as an Ubuntu guest, they can put Ubuntu on any USB key and take it home to install on their own computer rather than having to burn a CD.

“Ubuntu 8.10 Server Edition is a terrific milestone that underlines the value in our twin track release strategy,” said Jane Silber, COO of Canonical. “The server edition embraces cloud computing, virtualisation, mail server enhancements, Java development and deployment as well as a range of services to help system admininstrators and developers. Our six-monthly release cycle allows us to get these features in front of users faster continuing to make Ubuntu the best option for innovative organisations.

Either of the 8.10 editions can be downloaded here

5 Responses to Ubuntu 8.10 now available



November 6th, 2008 at 11:37 AM

Anyone try putting this on a USB key yet? I’ve had issues with previous versions of Ubuntu running on USB key and have yet to try it with this version.





November 6th, 2008 at 11:20 PM

There is a straight forward article (with pictures) on how to create a USB startup disk using Ubuntu 8.10’s built in USB Creator at PenDriveLinux, the URL is;


I’m downloading the ISO now and will post my experience



November 7th, 2008 at 8:39 AM

My first two attempts were failures…

On a good note, I was easily able to boot to Ubuntu from an ISO and took a quick look around. USB Creator was easy enough to use and I ran through the wizard without any errors.

The bad news is, I was unable to boot from the USB drive afterwards. I changed my settings to boot from each of the 3 USB devices offered and each one resulted in an error message stating there was an error loading the operating system.

What went wrong? I would like to see if this problem is related to Ubuntu running on my virtual instead of my physical machine. I will change up my approach and see if it surprises me…



November 7th, 2008 at 11:23 AM

I just tried this using the steps below and it works fine.

Note: Copied from https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/FromUSBStick

isotostick.sh (Command-line shell script, runs from Linux)

Warning: Running scripts from untrusted websites is potentially dangerous!

The easiest way, which also works with the Desktop installer, is to use the isotostick.sh script from http://www.startx.ro/sugar/ Download the script, make it executable and run the script like this:

sudo apt-get install syslinux mtools
wget http://www.startx.ro/sugar/isotostick.sh
chmod +x isotostick.sh
sudo ./isotostick.sh ubuntu-8.10-desktop-i386.iso /dev/sdX1

Don’t forget to replace /dev/sdX1 with the partition name of your USB stick found in the previous section! You will see some “operation not permitted” errors when the script tries to copy the symlinks for /dists/stable and /dists/unstable. This is because fat16 file systems do not handle symlinks, but it will not cause any problems.

Now you can boot from the USB stick and install Ubuntu like as if you had booted from the Desktop CD.



January 10th, 2009 at 8:30 PM

Anyone try the Ubuntu Wubi installer?