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April 23, 2008

Hardy Heron is about to be released (within 24 hours)

Filed under: english — ubuntudemon @ 9:52 pm

Hardy Heron is about to be released (within 24 hours).

I’ve tested Hardy Heron’s release candidate. Some nice and new features :

  • it’s a LTS release which means 3 years of updates on the desktop (5 for the server) which makes it very suitable for schools and some companies
  • smarter and faster copying of files in nautilus
  • the newest kernel (2.6.24)
  • PulseAudio
  • Xorg 7.3
  • Firefox 3.0 b5 as default webbrowser
  • improved memory protection
  • and more

Some bugs :

Of these bugs bug #220640 has the most severe impact on me. If I upgrade my laptop to Hardy I won’t be able to connect to the wireless network of my university. I have always been able to connect to this network using wpasupplicant and ipw3945. But ipw3945 has been replaced by iwl3945 which is not yet as mature as ipw3945 and apparently does not support this particular network. I’m happy to do more testing using the Hardy live cd if people have suggestions.

All software always contains some bugs. One of the nice things about the free software community is that everybody can be open en honest about bugs and that everyone can help each other. Hardy is really looking nice and I’m sure it will be a great release!



  1. i also had problems with wireless —
    in particular the iwl3945 driver, but installing the linux-backports-modules fixed it.
    i will further digg into it, and fill an bugreport about

    Comment by gebi — April 23, 2008 @ 11:36 pm

  2. The obligatory nitpick: I’m not sure 2.6.24 can be described as “the newest”, given that 2.6.25 was released a week ago.

    Comment by Marius Gedminas — April 23, 2008 @ 11:42 pm

  3. Neither ipw3945 nor iwl3945 has required me to use wpa supplicant. I’ve never touched wpa supplicant, and I have that wireless card. I use WPA at home, and ipw3945 only required that I use NetworkManager to connect and enter the password when prompted (network-admin, in the Administration menu, couldn’t do WPA back in the Dapper days). At a friend’s house with WPA last week, iwl3945 worked dandily out of the box…just put the passphrase in when NM prompts for it.

    Comment by Mackenzie — April 23, 2008 @ 11:45 pm

  4. You can add this bug to your list and it’s a shame to ship hardy with it because a patch has been done and send days ago.


    Comment by albert — April 24, 2008 @ 1:21 am

  5. to Marius Gedminas :

    you are right 🙂

    2.6.24 is a recent kernel though and they can’t include a kernel which was released a week ago into a LTS release.

    Comment by ubuntudemon — April 24, 2008 @ 8:44 am

  6. can you tell me specific way how to use ndiswrapper for wifi and..is there anyway i want to use ipw3945 module instead of iwl..??

    Comment by john-john — April 24, 2008 @ 11:55 pm

  7. I too have the same problem with the iwl drivers. I cannot connect to my school which has the same config as you do. 😦

    If you find a solution can you possibly email me?

    Thanks a lot!

    Comment by Tyler — April 25, 2008 @ 4:11 pm

  8. to Mackenzie :

    I’m assuming you don’t need to connect to a university network using MSCHAPV2 settings similar to the network I need to connect to.

    Comment by ubuntudemon — April 29, 2008 @ 8:09 am

  9. I will try to connect to the university network using ndiswrapper but I haven’t tried yet. I’m going to my mum’s place for a week.

    Some pointers :
    * install and start ndisgtk and point to the windows driver
    * make wpasupplicant use ndiswrapper instead of wext (in your /etc/network/interfaces)
    * you probably need to blacklist iwl3945
    * more information :

    Comment by ubuntudemon — April 29, 2008 @ 8:19 am

  10. I got ipw3945 to work on the 2.6.24 kernel using this patch: http://james.colannino.org/downloads.html

    Comment by Yako — May 10, 2008 @ 8:07 pm

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