I've just finished upgrading my desktop and laptop system without any problem. By default Ubuntu 8.04 LTS will not offer a upgrade to 8.10. This is because the 8.04 LTS version is a long term support release and 8.10 is a regular release. However, you can do network upgrade by configuring LTS release to normal release as follows:
Click on System > Administration > Software Sources
Next click on the "Updates" tab and change "Show new distribution release" to "Normal releases":
Fig.01: Ubuntu 8.10 Upgrade
Click on Close to save the changes.
Ubuntu 8.10 Upgrade Over The Internet
Click on System > Administration > Update Manager:
Next click the Check button to check for new updates. If there are any updates to install, use the Install Updates button to install them, and press Check again after that is complete. Finally, a message will appear on screen, informing you of the availability of the new 8.10 release as follows:
Message Informing you of the availability of the new 8.10 release
Click on Upgrade button and just follow the on-screen instructions. The procedure may take some time.
A note about Ubuntu 8.10 server upgrade
Please see this article to perform network upgrade for Ubuntu servers.
Update: Nov-25,2008: Fedora Linux 10 has been related and available for download.
Fedora Linux version 9 has been released and available for download ( jump to download link ). The Fedora Project is a Red Hat sponsored by Red Hat and guided by community and contributing members.
New in Fedora 9
This release includes many new features and software such as GNOME 2.22, KDE 4.0.3, Firefox 3 beta 5, PackageKit ( cross-distribution package management solution ), OpenJDK (Open Source Java version), SELinux confined web browser, Upstart init daemon, Xen virtualization, and many more cutting edge features.
(Fig.01 Fedora Linux 9 Desktop - Click to enlarge image)
Fedora 9 Download
You can download Fedora via the web/ftp server or via BitTorrent (recommended).
Fedora 9 DVD ISO download
Fedora download: Fedora 9 Live CD ISO download
- Use 32 bit Live CD (691M), if internet connection is slow or you just want to see how Fedora works. You can install fedora from Live cd.
Fedora 9 DVD ISO BitTorrent download
According to Gartner, almost all businesses will use open source software:
Open-source promoters have welcomed the endorsement by what is seen as a conservative commentator, but predict the changes will go further than Gartner assumes.
"By 2012, more than 90 percent of enterprises will use open source in direct or embedded forms," predicts a Gartner report, The State of Open Source 2008, which sees a "stealth" impact for the technology in embedded form: "Users who reject open source for technical, legal or business reasons might find themselves unintentionally using open source despite their opposition."
=> Gartner: Open source will quietly take over