Ubuntu 12.04 Beta 1 Arrives With New HUD

Canonical has just released the first beta of Ubuntu 12.04 "Precise Pangolin," and will follow up with beta 2 next month and the final release possibly within the next eight weeks. Ubuntu 12.04 Beta 1 is a long-term support release (LTS) that introduces a new set of images for the ARMv7 "hard float" ABI, denoted as armhf, among other new features.

"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 Ubuntu team reports in a blog. "The team has been hard at work throughout this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs."

Some of the listed changes in Ubuntu include an updated LibreOffice (3.5 beta 2) and a switch to Rhythmbox as the default music player (which includes the UbuntuOne music store). Users also have access to a new HUD which provides a context-sensitive menu and search interface for Unity applications. Actual Unity settings can now be configured by the System Settings panel, and Nautilus support has been added to the Unity launcher.

The new version of Ubuntu also provides enhanced support for ClickPad devices. Now when a button is pressed on the trackpad surface, a second finger may be used to drag the cursor. Canonical's Ubuntu Core has also been updated to include ARM hard float (armhf) images. Developers can use Ubuntu Core as the basis for their application demonstrations, constrained environment deployments, device support packages, and other goals.

"The technology that allows GPUs to go into a very low power consumption state when the GPU is idle (RC6) is now enabled by default for Sandy Bridge systems, which should result in considerable power savings when this stage is activated," the blog states.

To learn more about Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Beta 1, head here. Instructions to upgrade from v11.10 to 12.04 Beta 1 can be accessed here, otherwise, images can be downloaded by following this link.

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  • tlmck
    Ubuntu is not too bad once you replace the desktop with LXDE. Pretty fast that way also.
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  • amk-aka-Phantom
    More Unity crap, more paid stuff crap... I think I'll keep my finetuned 11.04.

    Also, can't resist:

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    The team has been hard at work throughout this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs.


    The team has been hard at work throughout this cycle, introducing new bugs and removing useful features.

    ... 'cause that's how Ubuntu rolls ever since 11.10 :D
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  • tlmck
    Ubuntu is not too bad once you replace the desktop with LXDE. Pretty fast that way also.
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  • runswindows95
    As tlmck said, if you don't like Unity, there's Lubuntu, Xubuntu, and Kubuntu. It's the same OS minus the Unity. I'm running Xubuntu myself.
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