The first Ubuntu release, for example, was Ubuntu 4.10 and was released on 20 October 2004. To date every fourth release, in the second quarter of even-numbered years, has been designated as a Long Term Support (LTS) release, indicating that it has updates for three years for desktop use and five years for server, with paid technical support also available from Canonical Ltd. Releases 6.06, 8.04, 10.04 and 12.04 are the LTS releases.
This time we can take Ubuntu for a test drive with the on line demo.
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin)
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) is the current release and is the current Long Term Support (LTS) release, released on schedule on 26 April 2012. It is Canonical’s 16th release of Ubuntu and its sixth long term support version. The name for the release was announced by Shuttleworth on 5 October 2011 and is named after the pangolin anteater (A pangolin, scaly anteater, or trenggiling, is a mammal found in tropical regions of Africa and Asia. The name “pangolin” derives from the Malay word pengguling. (“something that rolls up”) ). Unlike previous LTS releases that have been supported for three years for the desktop version and five years for the server version, this release will be supported for five years on both.
Following the Ubuntu Developer Summit in early November 2011 Canonical announced that the default download for 12.04 will be 64-bit, with 32-bit still available as a user choice. Other changes in this release include a much faster start up time for the Ubuntu Software Center and refinements to Unity. This release also replaced the Banshee media player with Rhythmbox and dropped the Tomboy note-taking application and the supporting Mono framework as well.
In January 2012 Shuttleworth announced that Ubuntu 12.04 would incorporate a new head-up display (HUD) feature that will allow hotkey searching for application menu items from the keyboard, without the need for using the mouse. Shuttleworth said that the HUD “will ultimately replace menus in Unity applications” but for Ubuntu 12.04 at least the menus will remain.
Easy steps to create a bootable Ubuntu 12.04 USB stick on Windows
To run Ubuntu from a USB stick, the first thing you need to do is insert a USB stick with at least 2GB of free space into your PC.
Next is to download and install Universal USB Installer – Easy as 1 2 3 from pendrivelinux.com .
This is the easiest way to put Ubuntu onto your stick to use as a USB installer. Then follow the below 3 steps to complete the bootable USB creation.
1. Select Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop Edition from the dropdown list.
2. If the download of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS iso is finished, then click ‘Browse’ and open the downloaded ISO file.
3. Choose the USB drive name and click ‘Create’.
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