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An overview of upcoming Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin)

ubuntu 12.04 lts (precise pangolin)

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) is going to be the next long term support release after Ubuntu 10.04. Its final release is scheduled on April 26th.

ubuntu 12.04 lts (precise pangolin)

What’s new in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS?

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) is going to be the next LTS (Long Term Support) release after the version 10.04. The previous LTS releases were supported for 3 years for the desktop version and 5 years for the server version but Ubuntu 12.04 will be supported for 5 years on both desktop and server version.

Feature Freeze on February 16th

On February 16th of this month Ubuntu development team hit Feature Freeze. Feature Freeze is a point where the developers stop introducing new features, packages, APIs. From this point they start concentrating on fixing bugs in the development release to solidify the included features and making the development release more stable and secure.

ubuntu LTS cycle

At the Ubuntu Developer Summit in November 2011 Canonical announced that the default download for Ubuntu 12.04 will be 64-bit (32-bit version will also be available as a user choice though).

Note: The Ubuntu 12.04 ISO image size is 750 MB, that means it cannot be burned on a CD (which can carry only 700 MB) hence you will have to go for either a DVD or USB drive.

New features and updates in Ubuntu 12.04

1. Much faster start up time for Ubuntu Software Center
2. Refinements in Unity
3. Replacement of Banshee with Rhythmbox
4. Tomboy note-taking application will be removed
5. Mono framework will also be removed
6. HUD feature

The main feature of Ubuntu 12.04 will be the HUD (Head-Up Display). By this HUD feature application menu items can be accessed right from your keyboard, without the need for using the mouse (hotkey searching).

Adding to the HUD feature Shuttleworth said:

HUD will ultimately replace menus in Unity applications but for Ubuntu 12.04 at least the menus will remain.

7. MyUnity

MyUnity is an independent configurator for Unity, a small system utility for Ubuntu, that can handle the customization of the Unity Launcher, Dash and Panel. Canonical accepted the MyUnity project in their default software repositories and it will be available to all users starting with the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin).

myunity2 launcher

myunity2 dash

Features of MyUnity 2.0.0

  • Ability to resize the Unity Launcher;
  • Ability to show devices on the Unity Launcher;
  • Ability to adjust the transparency of the Unity Launcher;
  • Ability to change behavior of the Unity Launcher;
  • Ability to change behavior of the Unity Launcher;
  • Ability to change the display method of the Unity Launcher;
  • Ability to change the Backlight settings of the Unity Launcher;
  • Ability to change the Unity Dash blur;
  • Ability to change the size of the Unity Dash;
  • Ability to adjust the transparency of the Unity Panel;
  • Ability to show “Home” icon on the desktop;
  • Ability to show “Networking” icon on the desktop;
  • Ability to show “Devices” icon on the desktop;
  • Ability to show “Trash” icon on the desktop;
  • Ability to change the system font;
  • Ability to change the document font;
  • Ability to change the Monospace font;
  • Ability to change font’s antialiasing settings;
  • Ability to change font’s hinting settings;
  • Ability to reset all settings to default;
  • Added translations for French, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, and Deutsch languages.

Future releases

Mark Shuttleworth announced on 31 October 2011 that by Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu will support smartphones, tablets, TVs and smart screens. Yay!

Update

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) released! (This section of the article was updated on April 26, 2012)

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