Item Description: Kubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron)
, CD.
8.04, for x86 processor (Standard PC Install disk).
Release Date: 4/22/08.

This item is delivered as one disk, in CD-ROM format.


Kubuntu is a GPL licensed product.

Kubuntu 8.04 CD
[Hardy Heron]

Product Details


Ubuntu is a complete operating system for your computer, and is often used instead of Microsoft Windows. We find Kubuntu with the K Desktop Environment to be a little more "Windowsish" than other Ubuntu distributions. Why are so many switching from Microsoft Windows?

  1. Because Kubuntu (and the other Ubuntu distributions) can cost hundreds of dollars less.

  2. Have virtually no spyware or virus issues.

  3. Can still run on older computers where newer versions of Microsoft Windows won't.

  4. Have both free and paid support available.

Technical Information:

Minimum requirements:

  1. 300 MHz x86 processor

  2. 256 MB of system memory (RAM). If your system has less than 192 MB of system memory, use the Alternate Installation CD.

  3. At least 4 GB of disk space (for full installation and swap space)

  4. VGA graphics card capable of 640x480 resolution

  5. CD-ROM drive


KMenu -> System -> Dolphin

Kubuntu now includes Dolphin as the default file manager. Dolphin has not replaced Konqueror, but was chosen as the default file manager to introduce new users to file management a bit easier than what Konqueror could do. The main focus of Dolphin is usability with the following features:

  • a navigation bar for URLs allowing quick navigation through your file system

  • split views

  • and more...

Dolphin, unlike Konqueror, does not provide browser support as well as some of the advanced KIO slaves and options that Konqueror provided, therefor easing the use of the application.

Restricted Drivers Manager

KMenu -> System Settings -> Advanced -> Restricted Manager

ATI Radeon, NVIDIA GeForce, Broadcom Wireless, and more. If you have it, and there is a restricted driver available, installation and configuration has never been easier.


Kubuntu now includes Strigi, a very fast crawling and advanced desktop search daemon. Strigi, when compared to other indexers is extremely lightweight and has an extensive pluggable backend. Kubuntu has included the Strigi daemon with every install as well as various ways in which to use it. One way is to use the search icon in the task bar to the right or you can simply add the Strigi applet to the Kicker by right clicking on Kicker and selecting Add Applet to Panel... Launch the full interface with K-menu -> Strigi Desktop Search


Kubuntu has received its very own .deb file installer. Utilizing the Gdebi backend, one of the Kubuntu developers created an amazing and easy to use front end for users wanting to easily install .deb files that they have downloaded.

Edubuntu KDE

New in is the Edubuntu desktop with KDE. Enjoy your favorite educational applications now from within KDE. If you are using one of the 7.10 releases, simply install the edubuntu-desktop-kde from the universe repositories.

Kubuntu Restricted Extras

MP3, MPEG, AVI, and more can now easily be installed in Kubuntu. To get all of the multimedia goodness you have been searching for, simply install the kubuntu-restricted-extras package from the multiverse repositories.

LiveCD Documentation Update

Back again with Kubuntu, RC, is the About Kubuntu document. This document has always been there, just not on the desktop since the days of Dapper. The reason behind this move was it was voiced by community members that it would be great to easily access documentation and information about not only Kubuntu, but also about what they can expect, a bit of information letting the user know they are safe and not damaging their system by running the LiveCD. Hopefully one of these days, this will be replaced by the Ubiquity Slideshow.

Konqueror and Flash

Konqueror and Flash (Adobe, flashplugin-nonfree) are working once again. Ubuntu developers have patched up gtk which was causing the freeze and CPU temperature increases.

For freedom lovers everywhere we have available Gnash, a 100% Free version of flash. Install the klash package for a Konqueror plugin.


Kubuntu has decided to utilize the KDE PIM Enterprise branch from KDE. What exactly is the Enterprise branch? It is a solid and more stable release of the famous KDE PIM suite of tools. Kontact is the main front end to the entire suite and incorporates the entire suite into one single application. KMail, KAddressBook, KAlarm, KNotes, and more, are all integrated into Kontact.

Another addition to the KDE PIM suite from the developers of Kubuntu is the default installation of the necessary utilities for using GPG and S/MIME encryption/decryption and signing/verification. All GPG components will be correctly configured with the initial installation, however those who are upgrading will have some configuration changes needed.


KMenu -> Utilities -> KvKbd

Kubuntu now includes its very own virtual keyboard called KvKbd. The main purpose of this inclusion was to provide added accessibility to users with limited mobility.


Kubuntu includes the latest release of KDE, the K Desktop Environment, version 3.5.7. KDE is the default desktop environment for the Kubuntu GNU/Linux distribution. Included with this latest release of KDE are bug fixes, updates, and added features such as:

  • KPDF now shows tooltips for links when hovering on them and displays more complex PDF files correctly

  • Kopete, the KDE instant messenger, received various bug fixes


Kubuntu may use KDE, but Kubuntu has made KDE even more beautiful with custom artwork by updating the:

  • boot splash

  • main login window

  • KDE splash screen

  • background image

  • color scheme

KMenu -> Office

Kubuntu now includes 2.3, the latest release of the multi-platform, multilingual, and open-source office suite comparable and compatible with all other major office suites. Included with is:

  • Writer - a fully equipped word processor and desktop publisher

  • Calc - a spreadsheet application

  • Base - a database application

  • Impress - a presentation application

  • Draw - a graphics and diagrams editor

  • Math - an component for mathematical equations
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The latest release of, version 2.3.0, includes bug fixes, updates, and added features. 


NOTE: KOffice is located in the universe repositories and is not installed by default.

Kubuntu provides access to the latest maintenance release of KOffice, KDE's free integrated office suite. Included with KOffice is:

  • KWord - a frame-based, full-featured word processor

  • KSpread - a spreadsheet application

  • KPresenter - a presentation application

  • Kivio - a flowchart application

  • Kexi - an integrated database application

  • KPlato - a new project management application

  • Krita - a pixel based image editing and paint application

  • Karbon14 - a vector-drawing application

In addition to the application, KOffice also includes robust embeddable objects:

  • Kugar - business quality reporting software

  • KChart - full-featured charting engine

  • KFormula - mathematical formula handling

  • KThesaurus - built-in thesaurus

Some of the new features in version 1.6.3 of KOffice are:

  • Edit -> Find action added, works within table, query and form views as a global, context-dependent window

  • Simple Printouts - added support for printing and previewing images

  • Users can create database templates that can be accessed within the startup dialog window.


KMenu -> Multimedia -> Amarok

Kubuntu is helping you to rediscover your music by including the latest release of Amarok, version 1.4.7. Amarok is the ultimate music player with an intuitive interface which makes playing your music easier than ever before.
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This latest release of Amarok includes bug fixes, an improved collection backend, icon recoloring, and a cleanup of the streams provided to you insuring you have the coolest streams available. 

Qyoto C# and Jambi Java Qt Bindings

New in RC are bindings for the Qt framework for users of C# and Java programming languages. Install qyoto-examples or qtjambi-demo to see what can be done with these langagues.