Hardy Heron was announced for the first time on August, 29 2007 and it will be available on April 24th 2008 as an LTS (Long Term Support) release. The release schedule for Hardy Heron has been made public more than a month ago:
There aren’t many changes in this first alpha release of Ubuntu 8.04 LTS, except for an “Gnome-btdownload” entry in the Internet submenu and some extra keyboard layouts in the Installer. Also, the GNOME version is 2.21.2! Let’s have a look now at the roadmap for Hardy Heron:
Labeling and formatting of partitions: A way to format partitions with various file systems, with LUKS encryption support, was proposed. At this moment, there’s no GUI to change the label of a Linux filesystem, and for VFAT partitions.