Minor improvements coming in Ubuntu Linux update release

Minor improvements coming in Ubuntu Linux update release

Summary: The latest update to the long-term support version of Ubuntu 12.04 brings a few improvements to the popular Linux operating system.

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Ubuntu 12.04.1 is looking better than ever.

Ubuntu 12.04 Linux isn't just a very popular end-user Linux, it's also Canonical's Long Term Support (LTS) version. That means, besides Linux distributions' usual constant stream of improvements, it gets updates for business users and the first one is just about here.

Officially, August 23rd will see the first update, Ubuntu 12.04.1, to the operating system. Actually, the Ubuntu update is running a bit late. In any case, here's what you can expect from it.

First, there are no major changes. This is not a Windows style Service Patch (SP) update or Patch Tuesday release. Security patches in Ubuntu, as it tends to be in all Linux distributions, are made as soon as they're available.

A first look at Ubuntu 12.04 (Gallery)

According to Canonical, what you will get are “fixes and enhancements translate into a rock-solid, thoroughly tested upgrade path for any enterprise running Ubuntu 10.04, the last LTS release. Users on 10.04 LTS will then receive their first system notifications encouraging them to upgrade to the new LTS release. Consequently, we expect an even bigger shift among enterprise users than we experienced when it was first made available, back in April. Enterprise users can now be completely confident that the upgrade will be fast and free from disruption.”

In addition, Canonical, which started supporting an ARM version of Ubuntu Server with 12.04. In this new release, Canonical has added support for Calxeda SoCs (system on a chip). Ubuntu's developers, as Victor Tuson Palau, Canonical's commercial engineering director, recently explained are big believers in ARM servers finding a role in the datacenter.

Ubuntu is also continuing to strengthen its support for OpenStack as its preferred cloud infrastructure. With 12.04.1, Ubuntu is introducing Ubuntu Cloud Archive, This is an OpenStack online software repository. With it, administrators can download the latest versions of OpenStack without having to migrate away from their chosen LTS release.

As part of this, Ubuntu users will be able to download Folsom, the forthcoming release of OpenStack, and run it within their existing installation of Ubuntu. Folsom is currently set to be released on September 27th.

On the desktop side, Canonical claims “a raft of bug fixes and security updates combine with five years of guaranteed updates and the option of commercial support to make this release an extremely attractive alternative to Windows.” I completely agree with them on that score!

This release will also include all security updates from the Ubuntu Security Notice list (http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/precise/). This includes all patches affecting Ubuntu 12.04 LTS that were released up to and including August 16, 2012. For further fine details on what's been changed see the Ubuntu 12.04.1 release notes.

The Linux company, based out of the Isle of Man, also noted that Ubuntu 12.04.1 is certified on 40 desktops, 98 laptops and 8 netbooks and 41 servers, including 12 of the latest HP Proliant Gen8 servers.” Dell will soon be releasing a high-end developers' laptop just for Ubuntu.

Canonical also pointed out that they “provides commercial support for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS in the form of Ubuntu Advantage, a subscription program that gives enterprise customers the choice of two levels of support and access to the time-saving systems management tool, Landscape, which includes audit, compliance and ongoing management features for large Ubuntu deployments.”

While Ubuntu 12.04.1 is meant primarily for businesses, casual users will also get at least one major advantage from it. Once released, you can download this version and use it to install Ubuntu with all the latest updates on new PCs. In the recent past when you did this, you had to install Ubuntu 12.04 and then update it with 500MBs or so of updates since Ubuntu 12.04's April release. With this edition, you'll spend less time getting your new PC up and running the most up-to-date version of Ubuntu.

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  • Minor improvements coming in Ubuntu Linux update release

    Great job Canonical.
    RickLively
  • ** tumbleweed **

    ...now I know why SJVN writes highly biased opinionated controversial articles on Windows 8 and Microsoft. Click-ady-click pays the bills. lol
    Xenon8
    • That's interesting, kind of sad though...

      everywhere the poor man goes you fugly lovers go after him!
      Instead of trolling in OpenSource go play with your metro?Modern?Windows8?Start Menu?WinRT? toilet tiles? whatever its name is just GTFO!
      L3thargic
  • Kudos to ubuntu

    But i recently upgraded to mint 13, I really didn't expect this much great changes! it is rocking my desktop i don't think i would want to switch to any other desktop at least any time soon! Both Cinnamon and Mate had great improvements(if just damn AMD would fix its f*ing crashing problems on Cinnamon i had no other thing to worry about)
    Clem is the man and he knows one thing and two about working with desktop! Both win 8 and unfortunately Ubuntu took one step backward in desktop area :(
    L3thargic
    • I like Mint also

      It was the look of Cinnamon that initially piqued my interest, but my AMD graphics refuses to play nice. However I've grown to love mate. I may have changed the colour to give it that slick black shine Cinnamon has but other than that I couldn't ask for more from a desktop environment.
      You're right about Clem, he knows how to make a quality product.
      The 24
  • F*** me!

    An article not slating Microsoft, Windows 8 or Apple! Are you ill, Steven?
    SupaRawr93
    • Did you miss the line that said -

      "an extremely attractive alternative to Windows.” I completely agree with them on that score!"

      In other words, SJVN feels this update will do nothing to move peopel away from Windows, while Canonical is worried about the realese of Windows 8.

      If they where both truely opptimistic, they would never feel the need to mention MS in any statement or article.
      William Farrel
      • And did you miss the part that said

        From the article:
        "This is not a Windows style Service Patch (SP) update or Patch Tuesday release. Security patches in Ubuntu, as it tends to be in all Linux distributions, are made as soon as they're available.

        Steven trashed Microsoft's Patch Tuesday.
        Rabid Howler Monkey
      • Will-E, Nope

        “Canonical is worried about the realese of Windows 8.”

        Don't know what realese is, Canonical worried not at all.

        “move peopel away” What are peopel?
        RickLively
      • This has nothing to do with Windows 8

        Canonical has a schedule, and they keep it. This is them keeping their schedule.
        Michael Alan Goff
        • Keeping to schedules?

          I mostly use Mint (9) for personal use, and that is largely because I have learned not to trust Canonical's "damn the torpedoes" attitude of pushing out updates not ready for prime time just to be "on schedule" - no better than M$ in that respect. And, as with M$ SP1 releases, now that the dot-one update is out, I just might consider spending time on it ... maybe ...
          aroc
    • pretty sad when the most comments

      are questioning why Steven didn't trash Windows very much in the blog. Seems he's done so much MS trashing over the years, no one cares about his real Open Source articles.

      I think all that bashing pushed him into a corner he may never get out of.
      Cynical99
  • It's been out for days.

    I downloaded it days ago when it was first announced, so I don't know why the article gives the impression it's only coming out now.

    The BIGGEST improvement I found is IT ACTUALLY WORKS! (Well, SORT OF.) When 12.04 came out I made the mistake of updating 11.10. The video just flat-out died. Absolutely nothing worked. Two machines, two NVidia video cards and one on-board Intel video and NONE of the video worked. Unfortunately, that totally trashed my current install on the one machine I didn't test first with the Live CD version. Everything was still there, but I couldn't see anything. Even "failsafe" video crashed.

    When I got 12.04.1 it booted correctly and gave me the option to install "alongside" my existing install. From THAT the GRUB menu gave my old 11.10 as one of the available boot kernels. Unfortunately, none of that actually worked. Only 12.04.1 would boot and that would only boot to the new install. I ultimately wound up doing a full-blown install of 12.04.1. EVERYTHING from my previous install gone.

    Fortunately, I basically use Windows and pretty much all my data was on a separate hard disk for that.

    Now I have a NEW problem! It doesn't recognize my monitor, like 11.10 did. I guess I'm gonna have to just stick with Win 7 except for occasional "just for yucks" dabbling.
    Rick_R
    • Worked flawlessly for me

      and I've installed it on 10 machines... dual monitor/projector support has been a huge improvement
      windfix
  • Why businesses?

    From the article:
    "Ubuntu 12.04.1 is meant primarily for businesses

    Many consumers will also enjoy having 5 years of support for 12.04. There will be no need for them to upgrade their systems every 6 months and, potentially, trash their systems. The 6-month Ubuntu release schedule is mainly for Linux enthusiasts, many of which do clean installs rather than upgrades.

    Canonical's 5-year LTS support cycle should also be attractive to OEMs that pre-install Ubuntu on consumer devices. Less change is better.
    Rabid Howler Monkey
  • Minor improvements coming in Ubuntu Linux update release

    Kudos Ubuntu Team.
    daikon
  • User friendliness

    Canonical, firstly thank you for the enhancement to performance potentially brought about by the introduction of the 3.4 kernal.
    However for me resources would have been better spent in addressing the following issues experienced by many still.
    Wifi should by now, work out of the box, on live disc & on install. the alternative STA hybrid driver offerd, does not work with many Broadcom cards.
    Colour printing, especially with Canon hit & miss.
    The desperate search for any alternatives to installing apps/drivers from Tar files, ( Canon again!).
    To have these addressed & fixed I would gladly trade all ,(except the new App searcher!), of the "minor?" improvements of Dash previews, Web App intregration & other Unity integration tweeks.
    It is more out of a concern that many potential ubuntu adopters have & will find these issues a deal breaker. Though occurances have much reduced over the short that I have been using Linux.
    it would be a shame that the opportunity that presents itself with the rapturous welcome of W8 be lost, through the misconception that Ubuntu & Linux is still only for the geeks!
    Nitramd
  • Shocking Error

    I found that 12.04 was upgraded on 16 August!!
    It had been stated in all the places I looked that it was to be 16th, but they jumped the gun.

    Oh well , I was like Steven, taken by surprise.
    Must get on with the uprade.
    elderlybloke
    • Bugger!

      I should have said , "it was to be 23rd"
      elderlybloke
  • Bye Bye 10.04

    I am quiet conservative with installing operating systems. Ubuntu 10.04 was a sort of old-fashioned but did an excellent job for me. The last two years I was working on it with an average of 70 hours per week. The amount of crashes during that time I can count with the fingers on one hand. The stability and efficiency of Unbuntu made me a real Linux enthusiast. When I have to go back from time to time to Windows 7 (for testing) I have difficulties to realize that I was working with Windows since version 2.0. Once you made the step to Ubuntu you can't go back. Windows is so bloated and poorly structured compared with Ubuntu. During the numerous Windows updates in my life I experienced always massive problems. So I was thinking to delay the update from Ubuntu 10.04 to 12.04 by one year (until the service for 10.04 ends) but this morning I decided to give the update a try. I cleaned up my desptop PC for 10 minutes and started then with the process which was running silently for 90 minutes in the background while I could continue to work. I had to answer 4 or 5 questions but that was all I had to do. Everything seemed to work smooth until the system rebooted. After my login I was staring to an empty blue screen. I got nervous. Only the fact that the hard-drive was heavily working gave me some hope. Two minutes later the desktop got displayed. What a relief! The switch to Unity is easy. Although I was very much used to the traditional Gnome 2 menus I can't see that Unity is coming with serious restrictions even for power users. HUD is great. The rest more polished then before. After one hour everything is configured and you get already used to the new desktop. I installed some weeks ago Windows 8 on my notebook and even after weeks of trying hard I couldn't come along with the new concept. So Unity seems to me lightyears better regarding the usability and maturity. Everything is logical and easy to find, looks nice and works fast. So I am now well prepared for the next years of working in an efficient manner with my desktop PC. Thanks to the guys at Ubuntu!
    Harald Engels