Ubuntu 8.04, codenamed “Hardy Heron,” was released today. As usual, the download servers are experiencing heavy load due to high anticipation of this release. In the interest of doing my part, here are BitTorrent files for the server and desktop versions of the OS, in both the i386 and amd64 flavors.
Notes: These torrent files do not contain the OS itself. You will need a BitTorrent client to download the actual disc images, and you may also need blank CD-R media to burn them.
If you have a regular Pentium-type system, you should probably choose the i386 option. Only choose amd64 if you know you have either an AMD or Intel 64-bit chip (and you’re sure you want to use the 64-bit version of the OS).
Most people will probably want the desktop version; if you don’t intend to use Ubuntu primarily to run a Web server or some other “back office” purpose, you don’t need to download the server disc at all. You can still install a personal Web server (or any other software) on the desktop version.
(UPDATE 1 May, 2008) – Now that the initial rush has quieted down, I’ve replaced the links listed here with links back to the torrents on the official Ubuntu site. You can see still further download options on the Ubuntu 8.04 release page.)
Here are the links: