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Canonical launches Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Canonical Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr now available for download
Canonical Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr
Labeled by ZDNet as "the best desktop Ubuntu ever," Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is Canonical's third

Just as announced back in February when Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS "Precise Pangolin" arrived, Canonical launches Ubuntu 14.04 LTS "Trusty Tahr" as its third LTS cloud release. According to the official press release, this new version provides "a new level of reliability, performance and interoperability to cloud and scale out environments with support and maintenance for five years."

While Trusty Tahr does not bring any major changes, ZDNet's Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols considers it to be "an outstanding Linux desktop both for new users and for professionals." These are the main changes in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS:

  • Interface enhancements - borderless windows, various theme changes, a whole new lock screen, menus back to each app instead of a universal menu bar at the top
  • Cloud support - Ubuntu One file service is now gone, but there are enough alternatives to choose from
  • Software updates - the OS now includes LibreOffice 4.2.3, Thunderbird 24.4 and Firefox 28, as well as Rhythmbox Music Player 3.0.2, Shotwell 0.18.0 and Brasero 3.10.0 
  • Unity Control Centre replaces System Settings (GNOME Control Centre)
  • Linux kernel version 3.13
  • The first time Edubuntu, Kubuntu and the other community releases get LTS status

All the Ubuntu variants can be downloaded already from the official dedicated section. For more details, please check the exhaustive press release below.

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Author: Codrut Nistor, 2014-04-18 (Update: 2014-04-19)