Ubuntu Hardy Heron causes download frenzy


Ubuntu’s Hardy Heron OS was released recently causing a download frenzy among Linux enthusiasts

Ubuntu 8.04, aka Hardy Heron, was released yesterday and is the latest Long Term Support product from Canonical.

“Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Desktop Edition is a very significant release as it will take Ubuntu squarely into the business environment," said Jane Silber, COO of Canonical Ltd.

"Our business and home users have told us that they want a longer support cycle to make Ubuntu a better deployment option. We have responded to that and added a commitment to much broader software and hardware support that we and our partners are excited to deliver.”

Linux supporters did not wait long before attempting to get their hands on a copy of Ubuntu Hardy Heron.

On the release of Ubuntu’s Hardy Heron, TENET’s Mirror.ac.za service - an anycast system with a server in Johannesburg and 2 servers in Cape Town - peaked at 360 Mbit/s.

Mirror.ac.za is a popular download location for the latest Ubuntu releases, partly because of the high bandwidth and high-end hardware configurations.

The servers boast 4 x Dual-Core Xeon CPUs and 24 GB of RAM each. The Cape Town servers each have a 1 Gbps interface while the Johannesburg server has a 10 Gbps interface.

With the release of Ubuntu Hardy Heron the Mirror.ac.za servers peaked at over 8 000 concurrent sessions across the cluster.