Imagination is as vital to any advance in science as learning and precision are essential for starting points. – Percival Lowell
The Ubuntu team is very pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Long-Term Support) for Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products.
Codenamed “Precise Pangolin”, 12.04 continues Ubuntu’s proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing a few new features and improving quality control.
To be a bit more precise about what we’re releasing today…
There are 54 product images and 2 cloud images being shipped with this 12.04 LTS release, with translations available in 41 languages. The Ubuntu project’s 12.04 archive currently has 39,226 binary packages in it, built from 19,179 source packages, so lots of good starting points for your imagination!
For PC users, Ubuntu 12.04 supports laptops, desktops, and netbooks with a unified look and feel based on an updated version of the desktop shell called “Unity”, which introduces “Head-Up Display” search capabilities.
Finding and installing software using the Ubuntu Software Centre is now easier thanks to improvements in speed, search and usability.
Ubuntu Server 12.04 has made it much easier to provision, deploy, host, manage, and orchestrate enterprise data centre infrastructure services with the introduction of new technologies such as “Metal as a Service” (MAAS), the Juju Charm Store, and the latest OpenStack version, codenamed Essex. These technologies further position Ubuntu Server as the best OS for scale-out computing.
Read more about the new features of Ubuntu 12.04 in the following press releases:
Long term support maintenance updates will be provided for Ubuntu 12.04 for five years, through April 2017. For those working on the ARM architecture, an 18 month supported release is also provided for the ARM server using the ARM Hard Float (HF) architecture.
Thanks to the efforts of the global translation community, Ubuntu is now available in 41 languages. For a list of available languages and detailed translation statistics for these and other languages, see:
The newest Kubuntu 12.04 (LTS), Edubuntu 12.04 (LTS), Xubuntu 12.04 (LTS), Mythbuntu 12.04, Lubuntu 12.04 and Ubuntu Studio 12.04 are also being released today. More details can be found in their announcements:
Ubuntu Studio: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuStudio/12.04release_notes
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Users of Ubuntu 11.10 will be offered an automatic upgrade to 12.04 via Update Manager. For further information about upgrading, see:
As always, upgrades to the latest version of Ubuntu are entirely free of charge.
We recommend that all users read the release notes, which document caveats, workarounds for known issues, as well as more in-depth notes on the release itself. They are available at:
Find out what’s new in this release with a graphical overview:
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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)