Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin)

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin)

Summary: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS is an extremely solid, usable, fast and secure desktop Linux OS. It continues to hone the Unity user interface introduced in earlier releases, and also migrates to a new version of the kernel.

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  • Editors' rating:
    8.0
  • User rating:
    9.2

Changes to the Software Centre
An optional Recommendations feature has been added to the Software Centre for filtered application suggestions. You'll need to create or sign onto an Ubuntu Software Centre Store account to receive the recommendations. The width of the Software Centre can now be changed by dragging the overlay widget or right edge; the start-up time while the Software Centre loads the apps catalogue has also been much improved.

The Software Centre now offers an optional Recommendations button

Ubuntu One client goes Qt only
A new Qt-based version of the Ubuntu One client has been developed, and support for the original GTK version is being dropped. The new client more closely resembles the Ubuntu One Client for Windows and shares code with it.

The Qt-based Ubuntu One client with the new-look login screen

Privacy settings
A new option in System Settings allows you to switch on Privacy settings for particular activities. This means that these activities will no longer be recorded in the operating system log files. For example, you can choose not to record activity for email or spreadsheet files, or even activity within selected folders.

The new Privacy settings, accessed via the System Settings panel

Also new to System Settings, Landscape is a system management tool that provides enterprise-wide monitoring, support and upgrade management — including cloud management — from a single interface. Landscape is available for purchase as part of the Ubuntu Advantage support service: interested parties can register for a free trial.

Landscape, a tool for enterprise IT managers, is available via the Ubuntu Advantage support service

Application updates
Significant application updates include Firefox 11.0, Thunderbird 11.0.1, LibreOffice 3.5.22, photo app Shotwell 0.12.2, CD/DVD burner Brasero 3.4.1 and a reversion to Rhythmbox (2.96) from Banshee as the default music player. The Nautilus file manager is updated to version 3.3.92.

Tweaking
Those frustrated by the lack of configurability in the Unity shell might like to try Ubuntu Tweak or MyUnity. Ubuntu Tweak and MyUnity are third-party configuration tools with user-friendly interfaces that make it easier for users to change the look and feel of Ubuntu GNOME/Unity. Although version 0.6.1 of Tweak has support for Ubuntu 12.04, you install Tweak and make changes at your own risk. You can add the MyUnity repository to software sources with the Personal Package Archive — ppa:myunity/ppa.

GNOME shell users will be glad to know that the Ubuntu repositories for Precise Pangolin now have the latest GNOME 3.4 shell.

Quantal Quetzal
With the release of Precise Pangolin the process starts again with version 12.10, now named Quantal Quetzal, which is due in October.

In line with the name (Quetzal are a very colourful family of Central and South American birds), early news indicates that 12.10 will feature more cloud integration and a theme redesign with a broader colour palette. More details are expected to appear next month at the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Oakland, California.

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  • default is 32bit not 64bit
    richud.com
  • Well spotted - 32bit is flagged as recommended on the download page. This review was written before release when all the indications were that Canonical would be favouring the 64bit version.
    terry@...
  • I love it, and can't get enough Ubuntu :). What makes me even happier is my friend has now switched back to Ubuntu due to the quality of this 12.04 release. Ubuntu all the way!!!

    Please release a Ubuntu tablet and mobile phone.
    scott.deagan
  • I know it's all cool and new looking. I really want to try it out but I need to know if zynnaddsubfx will work out of the box on it? I'm sitting on 10.04 because so far every version that I've tried after that (10.10, 11.04, and 11.10) have all disallowed any sound from coming from zynadd straight out of the box. I would upgrade my version and zynadd would stop working. So is there anyone out there that has 12.04 that would want to see if zynadd would work (without any jack) much appreciated in advance.
    Light Source
  • Are you sure it is "extremely" stable? My experience with Ubuntu releases says Ubuntu is quite buggy. May be 12.04 is LTS so you are saying this. But for a distro to be extremely stable it should be as stable as Debian stable or Red Hat/CentOs. Is it that stable?
    icett
  • I have it working on 12.04 and without Jack too.
    anonymous
  • Really Stable.
    anonymous
  • 10.0

    anonymous
  • 10.0

    anonymous
  • Thats just a safe way of dealing with novices who don't understand chip architecture.
    anonymous
  • 10.0

    I'm enjoying it. I spent the day upgrading multiple servers at work, and the evening upgrading my personal machine and laptops. Were it not for Unity I believe there would be no need for other distros to exist. Fortunately it only took about 6 extra seconds from the console to install and revert to Gnome. It's solid and fixed a few of the issues I had with 11 as a whole. Even the wife is finally shirking her Windows binds, and learning to use the CLI periodically. Canonical has out done themselves this time. Excellent work.
    anonymous
  • 10.0

    They nailed it with this one; I didn't have much hopes but they really did it. Somehow it doesn't seem to have made as big of a splash as the previous iterations, but it seems that's just because they were working on stability and usability. Absolutely love it.
    jakobborne
  • 10.0

    anonymous
  • 10.0

    stevenpemberton
  • 10.0

    anonymous
  • 9.0

    The Best O.S
    anonymous
  • 9.0

    anonymous
  • 10.0

    the perfect OS
    isgjevori
  • 9.0

    One amzing OS
    anonymous
  • 10.0

    vpakg