The Long Awaited Ubuntu 12.04 is Here Finally

We have been hearing about Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin and how awesome it is going to be, for quite some time now. The wait is finally over, and Ubuntu 12.04 has been released. It sports some bold features, and the fact that this is a long-term release (LTS) makes Ubuntu 12.04 even more special.

This release will be supported with updates and fixes for the next five years, and this will call for an upgrade across many Ubuntu installations that are still on the previous LTS release. Moreover, Ubuntu also supports Hyper-V for virtualization on a Widows server.
The Fridge writes on this release, saying,

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.

Ubuntu is known for bringing new UX features to the table. With a significant growth in the server business, it has managed to register another win. Recently, HUD and Ubuntu for Android turned quite a few heads and this release of Ubuntu 12.04 lives up to the hype that was built over the last few months.

You can find different versions of Ubuntu at the release page. A tour of Ubuntu is also available online, at this page. However, if you are looking for direct download links for the English desktop version, you can download the 32 bit desktop CD or the 64-bit desktop CD ISO image.

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Codename Precise Pangolin Releases Its First Alpha

This quarter of the year has been very busy for Ubuntu lovers.  Ubuntu 11.10 was released  a few months ago,  Linux Mint 12  saw its release last month and Distrowatch placed Linux Mint above Ubuntu in popularity ranking. There are two distinct schools of thought on Ubuntu’s new desktop experience. While one believes in adapting to the new Unity desktop, the other just cannot get enough of Gnome.
In the midst of this geek war, Ubuntu has released  Ubuntu 12.04 Alpha 1, only seven weeks into the release cycle. The release is meant to be a sneak-peek into the upcoming LTS release. Extensive work was done in this version, to include Intel’s  Sandy Bridge  support. Do not intend to use it on your regular work machine, but do give it a trial run.

New Features

  • Ubuntu 12.04 includes the new Linux kernel  3.2 instead of the earlier kernel version 3.0. Although this new Linux kernel is a release candidate 3, its final version will be included in the final release of Ubuntu 12.04. The new kernel includes support for Nvidia Fermi chipsets and a brand new  Samsung Exynos DRM driver for ARM devices.
  • The default music player reverted to Rythmbox from Banshee.
  • Changes in software packages include Firefox 9 and Thunderbird 9, both in beta stage.
  • Tomboy is missing from the software collection.

Ubuntu 12.04 will see a final release in April. Until then, you can  download and try Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Alpha 1.

Quick Link:  Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Alpha 1 for Intel x86  [Direct file-download link]