Unity heads to businesses with Ubuntu 12.04
By Nicole Kobie
Posted on 26 Apr 2012 at 12:19
Canonical has released Ubuntu 12.04, the long-term support version of the open source OS.
Nicknamed Precise Panogolin, Ubuntu 12.04 is the latest release in the six-month update cycle, but this version will be supported for five years, to make it easier for businesses and other organisations to use.
Because of that, 12.04 is focused on stability and doesn't include many major changes. Steve George, vice president of communications, said it was "all of the different threads developing over the past few years, brought together in one release".
Aside from updates to bundled applications, 12.04 features the new Head Up Display, which allows users to search for commands rather than relying on drop-down menus.
Precise Pangolin is also the first LTS version to feature the much-debated Unity interface. "We've had 18 months to mature it and stabilise it and build out new features on it," George said.
To make life easier for businesses, Ubuntu now allows virtualised apps running on a remote Windows desktop to be accessed directly via an icon on the desktop, rather than opening up an entirely new remote desktop instance. "It's basically seamless access to those applications," added George.
The server version of Ubuntu has also been refreshed, but unlike the desktop LTS version, it will receive feature updates over its five-year lifespan to keep it up to date as the cloud evolves.
"With 12.04, you can load Ubuntu as the server operating system on your hardware and deploy and OpenStack cloud, and what we're committing to do is maintain that for the next five years and because this software is developing so rapidly we're also committed to ship new versions of that into 12.04 for the next few cycles," George said.
"You'll have a stable hardware set-up using 12.04, but you'll be able to get the latest and greatest features from the OpenStack world," he said.
Oh look a Pretty Penguin has arrived.
What's wrong with this site, accessing and logging in these days is extremely slow on my win7 starter netbook edition - I bet I'd be able to log on much faster using Ubuntu!
By nicomo on 26 Apr 2012
Reply to Nicomo
I have a 2 year old Acer Aspire One bought with Linpus Linux installed. I ran it for six months with Windows 7 which worked great for a while but after a few updates slowed down...
I then tried Ubuntu which had a few compatibility issues but after a few updates all were resolved. My netbook is now as reponsive as my work laptop and I use it without any concerns for e-mail, internet shopping etc as well as doing the occasional report for work using OpenOffice.
I know Netbooks and Ubuntu get critcised here but for me both meet a need for me and beat a tablet every day of the week - afterall I am typing this on my Netbook, running Ubuntu 12.04 on a proper keyboard whilst watching Match of the Day Live... I would not like to be trying to type this on a tablet!
By neil_aky on 28 Apr 2012
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