Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS is now available for download
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More than three months after the release of Ubuntu 13.10 "Saucy Salamander" Canonical announces a new long-term support version, namely Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS "Precise Pangolin" which is already available for download. According to the official announcement, this new update covers Canonical's desktop, server, core and cloud products, "as well as other flavours of Ubuntu with long-term support."
Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS "Precise Pangolin" focuses on maintaining Ubuntu 12.04 LTS compatibility and stability, but it also brings new features. While users of Ubuntu 12.04 will update the system as usual to get this new release, those still running the old Ubuntu 10.04 LTS version will get the chance to upgrade to 12.04.4 via the Ubuntu Update Manager tool. These are the main fixes and new features of this new Ubuntu version:
- "HUD" intent-driven interface integration
- A new Control Panel loaded with setup wizard, installer, add/remove folders to sync capabilities and more
- 3.11 kernel from Ubuntu 13.10 and a matching X.org stack with the main goal to provide support for new hardware
- Software Center improvements
- New versions of Firefox & Thunderbird
- GNOME was updated to 3.4.2
- LibreOffice was updated to 3.5.7
- Rhythmbox is the default music player and includes the Ubuntu One music store
- Unity launcher now has support for Nautilus quicklist
- Both Python 2.7.3 and Python 3.2.3 have been included
This release has modest memory requirements (384 MB for the 32-bit Ubuntu Desktop version and only 512 MB for the 64-bit edition) and will be supported until 2017. Ubuntu 14.04 will be the next long-term support release and is expected to arrive this April.