On October 30th the latest version of Ubuntu is slated for release. There is already a review of one of the latest betas and it looks like it will be a good release. I’ll be leaving my server on the 8.04 release since it is a long term support version that will continue to receive support and updates for 5 years. However, I will be trying out the desktop version on a media server at work. The installation and setup of this one looks very polished even though it already is fairly easy to get started with Ubuntu.
Here is the link to the full review
Below are some screen shots showing setting up disk partitions and the desktop.