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) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Mark Shuttleworth announced on 31 October 2011 that by Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu will support smartphones, tablets, TVs and smart screens. Yay!
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) released! (This section of the article was updated on April 26, 2012)