I just installed 2.8 and also have an issue with images
if I upload an image it is placed in the folder :
/wordpress/wp-content (checked with ftp)
The image Url according to WP is :
If I open the url in Firefox it does not work
But if I remove /uploads it works fine.
The uploads folder does not exist and is not created by WP during upload.
I created a uploads folder manually to be sure, but no difference.
Seems to be a bug in the upload function (misplaced files).
Where do you change this ? functions.php ?
I installed theme :
No other plugins