Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) released!


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 quality control.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 asa Service” (MAAS), the Juju Charm Store, and the latest OpenStack version, codenamed Essex. These technologies further position Ubuntu Serveras the best OS for scale-out computing.

Read more about the new features of Ubuntu 12.04 in the following press releases:

http://www.canonical.com/content/ubuntu-server-1204-lts-certified-available-and-ready-hyperscale-world

http://www.canonical.com/content/ubuntu-1204-lts-aims-conquer-enterprise-desktop

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:

http://people.canonical.com/~dpm/stats/ubuntu-12.04-translation-stats.html

The newest Kubuntu 12.04 (LTS), Edubuntu 12.04 (LTS), Xubuntu 12.04 (LTS), Mythbuntu 12.04, Lubuntu 12.04 and Ubuntu Studio 12.04 are also beingreleased today. More details can be found in their announcements:

Kubuntu: http://kubuntu.org/news/12.04-release

Xubuntu: http://xubuntu.org/news/12-04-release

Edubuntu http://edubuntu.org/news/12.04-release

Mythbuntu: http://mythbuntu.org/12.04/release

Lubuntu: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/Announcement/12.04

Ubuntu Studio: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuStudio/12.04release_notes

To get Ubuntu 12.04

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In order to download Ubuntu 12.04, visit:

http://www.ubuntu.com/download

Users of Ubuntu 11.10 will be offered an automatic upgrade to 12.04 via Update Manager. For further information about upgrading, see:

http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/upgrade

As always, upgrades to the latest version of Ubuntu are entirely free of charge.

We recommend that all users read the release notes, which document caveats, workarounds for known issues, as well as more in-depth notes on the release itself. They are available at:

http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/releasenotes

Find out what’s new in this release with a graphical overview:

http://www.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/whats-new

http://www.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/features

If you have a question, or if you think you may have found a bug but aren’t sure, you can try asking in any of the following places:

#ubuntu on irc.freenode.net

http://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-users

http://www.ubuntuforums.org

http://askubuntu.com

Help Shape Ubuntu

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If you would like to help shape Ubuntu, take a look at the list of ways you can participate at:

http://www.ubuntu.com/community/get-involved

About Ubuntu

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Ubuntu is a full-featured Linux distribution for desktops, laptops, netbooks and servers, with a fast and easy installation and regular releases. A tightly-integrated selection of excellent applications is included, and an incredible variety of add-on software is just a few clicks away.

Professional services including support are available from Canonical and hundreds of other companies around the world. For more information about support, visit:

http://www.ubuntu.com/support

More Information

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You can learn more about Ubuntu and about this release on our website listed below:

http://www.ubuntu.com

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5 Tweaking Tools Make Windows 7 Like Windows 8


based Windows 8 is getting around the corner. But for those who like the Tiles, here are a few tools that can make your Windows 7 to the tiles.
Omnimo 4

Omnimo 4 is a Windows Phone 7 inspired multifunctional interactive desktop information center based on Rainmeter, a popular desktop customization platform. It turns your desktop into a productive and attractive workarea where delivers the information you need. Every interactive tile on the desktop gives you information at glance, and can be easily customized to your needs.
Omnimo 4 requires Rainmeter 2.0 or higher installed on your Windows 7 system first before can be installed and configured.

AeroTile

AeroTile is a free portable utility tools that adds an selective glassy aeroful tiles on your computer’s desktop. By using it, you have the choices choosing many of the options like My Computer, Control Panel, Fonts, My Documents, etc.
It’s a fairly easy to use tool. Simply download and extract the files from the zipped file, and launch it. Then, pick up the items you want them to show on your desktop in tile shape. The only downside is that you will have to manually organize those tiles to make them layout neatly.

Mosaic (formally known as Metro Home 2)

Mosaic is an application that brings Metro UI to your desktop. It’s a set of widgets that displays in tile on your desktop showing the content from your local computer or from the Internet.
When the application is running, it shows a list of selective choices from the panel that stick to the right side of your desktop. Simply click to select them and it will immediately show on the desktop. Once on the desktop, you will be able to move them around just dragging and dropping to the grid predefined by the application.

Windows8Menu

Windows8Menu is a simple portable application that put the Windows 8 UI on top of Windows 7 desktop. It works just like any other application that you can simply launch and see what it offers. You can also customize the settings to show the stuff you would like to see.

Zetro

 

Zetro is a Windows 8 metro UI style theme made for Windows 7. It brings the snazzy tiles to Windows 7. The Zetro theme takes a few steps to get Windows 7 ready to the tile, but it’s fairly easy to follow the instructions in the Readme file from the package. And because it’s a Theme pack, you can switch between Tiles and Aeros back and forth fairly easy.