“Imagination is as vital to any advance in science as learning and
precision are essential for starting points.” - Percival Lowell
The Ubuntu team is very pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
(Long-Term Support) for Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products.
Codenamed “Precise Pangolin”, 12.04 continues Ubuntu’s proud tradition
of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a
high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard
at work through this cycle, introducing a few new features and improving
To be a bit more precise about what we’re releasing today…
There are 54 product images and 2 cloud images being shipped with
this 12.04 LTS release, with translations available in 41 languages.
The Ubuntu project’s 12.04 archive currently has 39,226 binary packages
in it, built from 19,179 source packages, so lots of good starting points
for your imagination!
For PC users, Ubuntu 12.04 supports laptops, desktops, and netbooks
with a unified look and feel based on an updated version of the desktop
shell called “Unity”, which introduces “Head-Up Display” search capabilities.
Finding and installing software using the Ubuntu Software Centre is
now easier thanks to improvements in speed, search and usability.
Ubuntu Server 12.04 has made it much easier to provision, deploy,
host, manage, and orchestrate enterprise data centre infrastructure
services with the introduction of new technologies such as “Metal as
a Service” (MAAS), the Juju Charm Store, and the latest OpenStack version,
codenamed Essex. These technologies further position Ubuntu Server
as the best OS for scale-out computing.
Read more about the new features of Ubuntu 12.04 in the following
Long term support maintenance updates will be provided for
Ubuntu 12.04 for five years, through April 2017. For those working
on the ARM architecture, an 18 month supported release is also
provided for the ARM server using the ARM Hard Float (HF) architecture.
Thanks to the efforts of the global translation community, Ubuntu
is now available in 41 languages. For a list of available languages
and detailed translation statistics for these and other languages, see: