Software Update: Ubuntu 8.04.3 LTS

Although the developers of Ubuntu released version 9.04 in April of this year, they also continue to maintain the lts release. Ubuntu follows a six-month schedule to release a new version of their desktop and server OS, which is then provided with security updates for at least 18 months. Primarily to cater to businesses with a longer-supported platform, the lts line has been set up, where a major version is released every two years along with a commitment to support three years for desktop and five years for server systems. The developers of Ubuntu have through the mailing list released a new update with 8.04.3 LTS as the version number. The corresponding announcement looks like this:

Ubuntu 8.04.3 LTS released

The Ubuntu team is proud to announce the release of Ubuntu 8.04.3 LTS, the third maintenance update to Ubuntu’s 8.04 LTS release. This release includes updated server, desktop, and alternate installation CDs for the i386 and amd64 architectures.

In all, 80 updates have been integrated, and updated installation media has been provided so that fewer updates will need to be downloaded after installation. These include security updates and corrections for other high-impact bugs, with a focus on maintaining stability and compatibility with Ubuntu 8.04 LTS.

We recommend that all users read the release notes, which document caveats and workarounds for known issues. They are available at

About Ubuntu 8.04.3 LTS

This is the third maintenance release of Ubuntu 8.04 LTS, which continues to be supported with maintenance updates and security fixes until April 2011 on desktops and April 2013 on servers.

80 post-release updates have been integrated, and a number of bugs in the installation system have been corrected. These include security updates and corrections for other high-impact bugs, with a focus on maintaining stability and compatibility with Ubuntu 8.04 LTS.

see for a full list of Ubuntu security updates. As of 2009-07-15, all updates affecting packages on the CD have been applied.

A summary of notable updates follows. see for specific information about a particular bug number. A complete list of post-release updates can also be found at

Installer Updates:

  • Fix persistent mode on the live CD (#219192, #274076)
  • Fix GPT/MBR syncing on modern Intel Macs (#222126)
  • Fix handling of UUIDs on existing swap partitions during install (#336992)

Desktop Updates:

  • Set hdparm power management based on AC state on resume/thaw (#59695)
  • Fix LSB compliance in foomatic rip (#376732)
  • Work around crash when navigating around ssh locations (#236953)
  • Don’t inaccurately report all suspends >= 6 hours as failed (#242713)
  • Disable the ability to create a new user whose name is owned by a previously defined group, which, if allowed to happen, would overwrite the old group. If this happened to ‘admin’, for example, it would render any system administration by sudoers impossible (#236305)
  • Fix nautilus shortcuts to smb shares (#216104)
  • Recover lost DAV over HTTPS mounting functionality (#222532)
  • Fix connection issue with new ICQ protocol (#340151)

Server Updates:

  • Fix for mod_proxy with SSL using all the CPU (#306293)
  • Fix kernel oops when shutting down NFS server (#253004)
  • Fix open-iscsi installation and startup (#227848, #236640)
  • Adjust openldap apparmor profile to allow cnconfig (#243525)
  • Avoid getting stuck in infinite loops in redhat-cluster-suite (#290399)

General Updates:

  • /etc/lsb-release: include “LTS” in the DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION field (#225735)
  • Fix libgomp to work with shared libraries (#235070)
  • Fix kernel oops when invalid character occurs in filename on udf filesystem (#321606)
  • Fix kernel oops in the NFS client (#341783, #212485)
  • Upgrade the lsb package to support LSB 4.0 (#370066)

Version number 8.04.3 LTS
Release status Final
Operating systems Linux
Website Ubuntu
License type Freeware