Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Released Download Now

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Ubuntu 12.04  Precise Pangolin released after six months of development. ubuntu.com says it “Proven. Practical. Precise.” You can just go ubuntu.com and download now. 12.04 is a LTS (Long Term Support) release so if you wanted a stable version of Ubuntu with longer support  then you can choose Ubuntu 12.04 without any fear of end of updates or pending bugs etc…

New featues of Ubuntu 12.04 is less. They focused on stability and sqashing out of bugs. But new features like HUD (Head Up Display). It also added a very decent support to multiple monitor displays.

The new version of Ubuntu has a lot of changes and new features – specially in terms of performance and Unity has also improved a lot. Gnome shell interface has improved but if you want KDE or Xfce or something else, no problem. The default desktop may be unity but you can use whatever you want.

Further more, Ubuntu Software Center has received Unity integration and is a lot more stable and reliable. There’s also a new Qt interface for Ubuntu One, integrated privacy controls in the System Settings so you can choose what shows up in Dash.
Ubuntu 12.04 Video

Ubuntu 12.04 with Unity 2D

Ubuntu 12.04 Handbook

Download Ubuntu 12.04 Handbook for beginners prepared by Muktware team.

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Ubuntu 12.04 Default applications

Rhythmbox is now the default music player  Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, replacing Banshee. But if you want Banshee then it is just a click away.
 
Along with Banshee, Tomboy and Gbrainy have been removed too. This make Ubuntu 12.04 completly mono framework free.

Also, Remmina with FreeRDP is now the default remote desktop client, replacing Vinagre and rdesktop.

Ubuntu 12.04 uses Unity 3D (with Compiz) as the default desktop interface on top of GNOME 3.4, with Unity 2D (Qt) as the fallback interface. If you dont like unity you can always try the GNOME Shell 3.4.1 or KDE 4.8 or Cinnamon 1.4. All are there in the repositories  so you can easily install them using Ubuntu Software Center.

Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin comes with: Firefox 11.0, Thunderbird 11.0.1, Nautilus 3.4.1, Gedit 3.4.1, Ubuntu Software Center 5.2, Deja Dup Backup Tool 22.0, LibreOffice 3.5.2, Shotwell 0.12.2, Rhythmbox 2.96, Totem 3.0.1, Empathy 3.4.1, Transmission 2.51, Gwibber 3.4.0, GNOME Control Center (System Settings) 3.4.1, Unity 5.10 and GTK 3.4.1.

The Kernel is 3.2.0-23.36  which is based on the v3.2.14 upstream stable Linux kernel and Xorg server 1.11.4.

Upgrade to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

To upgrade to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin, firstly make sure all the packages are up to date:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade

And then run the following command:

update-manager -d
The Update Manager window should pop up, notifying you that a new Ubuntu release “12.04” is available. Click “Upgrade” and follow the on-screen instructions.

Download Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

If you’re new to Ubuntu, take the tour before installing it!

Get Ubuntu 12.04 ISO

Desktop CD

The desktop CD allows you to try Ubuntu without changing your current operating system at all, and you  have the option to install it permanently.

PC (Intel x86) desktop CD
64-bit PC (AMD64) desktop CD

Alternate install CD

The alternate install CD allows you to perform certain specialist installations of Ubuntu. It provides for the following situations:

  • setting up automated deployments;
  • upgrading from older installations without network access;
  • LVM and/or RAID partitioning;
  • installs on systems with less than about 384MiB of RAM (although note that low-memory systems may not be able to run a full desktop environment reasonably).
PC (Intel x86) alternate install CD
64-bit PC (AMD64) alternate install CD
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