The second alpha release for the Ubuntu Hardy Heron family is now available. In addition to the new Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 2 build, also updated are Kubuntu, Edubuntu, JeOS, Xunbuntu, Gobuntu, and Ubuntu Studio. The major changes impacting all of these distribution derivatives is a massive Debian update and switching over to the Linux 2.6.24 kernel. With Ubuntu 8.04, PulseAudio is also the default sound server. While KDE 4.0 packages are available for both Kubuntu 7.10 and Kubuntu 8.04, Kubuntu 8.04 Alpha 2 uses KDE 3.5.8 by default. In this release, some of the other updated packages include Amarok, Qt, Dikigam, and there is also Adobe Flash support in Konqueror.
First of all let me just say I am a KDE user and have been for a long time.
KDE4 I think still has some work to do before it can take over anything, I have been running upto date svn builds and theres still things to me that seem "missing". At the same time I can happily use most things, but I feel the desktop area, panel and sound system still need some work. The sound issues with small sound files cutting out early is something that as already been delayed until after release. Its a small issue but carrys a small annoyance that builds up (I have now disabled all system sound events).