Shuttleworth advocated the idea of the major Linux distributions synchronising their release schedules, which would enable easier collaboration between the various distributions. Ubuntu is willing to alter their own release schedule to make such a synchronisation a reality.
El Reg continues, confronting Shuttleworth with Martin Owens, the Ubuntu Massachusetts LoCo leader. Owens said that PulseAudio, one of the big new features in Hardy Heron, produces a lot of problems instead of fixing any of the long-standing audio issues in Linux. Just like ALSA, OSS, and ESD, PulseAudio is 'just' another audio system, and instead of it being a replacement for the other three, it is added as the fourth audio subsystem, making the whole audio landscape even more intricate than it already was. Shuttleworth agrees the situation is "messy", and joked "I am glad you are not into video editing because the story there is worse".
Ubuntu Hardy Heron will be released tomorrow, so stay tuned for a review round-up from across the net - and there will be reviews, trust me.