Ubuntu 12.04 Beta 1 available!

As it was expected on the release schedule, Canonical published on March 1 the first beta de Ubuntu LTS 12.04 Specify Pangolin. This is the next stable release with extended support It is defined and now it only remains to polish details.


As many must know, the next LTS version will be Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, due out in April this year. He development schedule for this version it is as follows:

  • December 1, 2011-Ubuntu 12.04 Alpha 1
  • February 2, 2012-Ubuntu 12.04 Alpha 2
  • March 1, 2012-Ubuntu 12.04 Beta 1
  • March 29, 2012-Ubuntu 12.04 Beta 2
  • April 19, 2012-Ubuntu 12.04 Release Candidate
  • April 26, 2012-Ubuntu 12.04 Final Release

What's new under the sun?

The most important changes with respect to Ubuntu 11.10 are several, such as the inclusion of HUD (which appears when pressing the Alt key), new filters (lenses), optimized settings and an optimized home screen with new features. Furthermore, the overall performance of the operating system has clearly improved.

Despite this, Unity is still as horrible as ever, but now it is much faster and its use becomes a little more acceptable thanks to HUD. What I did like was the inclusion of the new filter to access videos, either from the most popular web services (YouTube, Dailymotion, etc.) or through our personal folders.

New privacy options allow you to set which folders or file types are isolated from Ubuntu's activity logs. More specifically, in the system configuration panel there are new privacy options so that we can configure to taste what activities can be registered by Ubuntu (instant messaging, audio, web, video, e-mail, and some more). If we don't want anything to be registered, there is a button to cancel all registrations with a single action.

The kernel version that this beta brings is 3.2.0-17.27, based on the recent Linux kernel 3.2.6. This may change in the final version, such as applications. The default browser is Firefox 11, a product that is also in beta at this time. The office automation section is entrusted to LibreOffice 3.5, recently released.

We will also find in this beta the Nautilus file manager in version 3.3.5 and another change in the default multimedia player, which is now Rhythmbox, with support included for the Ubuntu One Music Store.

Finally, comment that support has been added for a piece of hardware very common in some laptop manufacturers: ClickPads (touchpads with integrated buttons).


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  1.   Artemio Star said

    Well, I didn't resist and I already upgraded my desktop computer. I do particularly like Unity and I see that it is improving.

    That new video search lens does not appear, I will have to find it and install it.

    I like what they did with the Unity bar when it is hidden, it was annoying that it will appear when one approached the edge, now it does not do it instantly anymore.

    Tried the HUD and it works fine, although at times it doesn't show up with the ALT key. I don't think it will become a very used tool on a daily basis, but it will be useful when you are looking for an option in the menu, which is difficult to find.

    The option that the user's wallpaper appears from the login did not work either. Sure it works in the installation from scratch and not in the update.

  2.   Let's use Linux said

    Thanks for the feedback!
    Hug! Paul.

  3.   Christian yones said

    I do not agree with removing the option for the launcher to remain hidden all the time. If I do not have any window open on the desktop, it is practical and comfortable to have it in view to launch applications. I do not understand that policy of eliminating options, they could easily have left the user to decide the behavior that is most comfortable for him.

  4.   Mauro Nicolas Ybanez Girard said

    I'm impatient to try it (I need to format my notebook), but to avoid versionitis I decided to change only in the LTS ... It works very well, but I know that by experimenting I sent myself some grossas. One more month, one more month, please, but let it be April!

  5.   DINAMIK said

    I'm using the 64-bit version, the truth is that I'm amazed, it turns on very fast, it turns off very quickly, the free drivers are great. the interface for dividing the desktop is excellent. firefox flies. the software store is great, fast and simple. also very good integration to install deb packages. even the other day the software store repaired my dependencies by itself. missing fix crashes in nautilus that are very frequent. after that we have another beautiful product as well as lucid was

  6.   carmyman said

    If I'm not mistaken, you can configure the response time of the launcher in the Unity configurator.

  7.   Mauro Nicolas Ybanez Girard said

    PS: Since you buy it, never format it. First I partitioned to put 9.04, then I upgraded to 9.10 and 10.04, and as much as I fiddled with it too much, I never did a zero installation ... I think if it weren't for the need to try a clean installation I would still bank another three years doing the corresponding maintenance. On the other hand, my desktop pc ...

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