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Ubuntu 12.04 Beta 1 Arrives With New HUD

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Canonical has released Beta 1 of Ubunti 12.04 "Precise Pangolin" which offers a new HUD and a new set of images for the ARMv7 "hard float" ABI (armhf),

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 , March 3, 2012 3:29 AM
    Ubuntu is not too bad once you replace the desktop with LXDE. Pretty fast that way also.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , March 3, 2012 3:27 AM
    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 , March 3, 2012 3:29 AM
    Ubuntu is not too bad once you replace the desktop with LXDE. Pretty fast that way also.
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    runswindows95 , March 3, 2012 3:35 AM
    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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    jdog2pt0 , March 3, 2012 3:41 AM
    amk-aka-PhantomThe 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


    You sir, win the internet. Once 11.10 starts to show its age (or I get tired of it) I'm switching to Mint. Already use Cinnamon shell so I'll probably hardly notice the change.
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    Anonymous , March 3, 2012 4:24 AM
    Xubuntu for the win. ..!.. Unity
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    nukem950 , March 3, 2012 4:28 AM
    This is why I use Mint Linux. A nice desktop with Ubuntu under the hood.
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    nikorr , March 3, 2012 5:04 AM
    Will try.
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    indian-art , March 3, 2012 5:50 AM
    "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,"

    Good news, will extend battery life.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , March 3, 2012 6:18 AM
    indian-art"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,"Good news, will extend battery life.


    Playing catchup with Windows again... can't blame them. They had to copy some power management feature from Windows to resolve some kernel power bug recently. They have to suck it up and realize that hardware is made with Windows in mind and there's no use re-inventing the bicycle with "open source drivers" and such.

    nukem950This is why I use Mint Linux. A nice desktop with Ubuntu under the hood.


    Mint rocks. I had some repository issues with it and it was slower than 11.04 on my netbook so I had to abandon it, but I liked what I saw. Maybe I'll come back to it later. For now, my EeePC will be running ICS :D 
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    randomizer , March 3, 2012 7:49 AM
    amk-aka-PhantomPlaying catchup with Windows again... can't blame them. They had to copy some power management feature from Windows to resolve some kernel power bug recently. They have to suck it up and realize that hardware is made with Windows in mind and there's no use re-inventing the bicycle with "open source drivers" and such.

    They didn't copy any features. The bug was due to the kernel touching things it (apparently) shouldn't be. It assumed that the BIOS knew best whether to enable or disable the PCIe feature ASPM, and acted on it accordingly. Windows doesn't seem to do this, but instead won't touch ASPM unless explicitly given control over it. So if doing nothing is a Windows feature, then yes, they did copy one.
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    Filiprino , March 3, 2012 12:23 PM
    amk-aka-PhantomPlaying catchup with Windows again... can't blame them. They had to copy some power management feature from Windows to resolve some kernel power bug recently. They have to suck it up and realize that hardware is made with Windows in mind and there's no use re-inventing the bicycle with "open source drivers" and such.

    The open source and free as in freedom sandy bridge kernel modules are made by Intel, LOL.
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    ezzep123 , March 3, 2012 3:49 PM
    I really really don't like the Gnome 3 UI/bad try at copying but not making it look like the Apple dock.
    Plus, Ubuntu slows things down. You want a real linux? Use Vectorlinux! Holy crap! That thing flies. Heard that The funding for K/X/Lubuntu is getting taken away.
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    freggo , March 3, 2012 4:08 PM
    "Rhythmbox as the default music player"

    Seriously? A new version and this gets mentioned as new feature?
    Makes it sound like there is not much in 'real' news to report then.

    Kinda like Windows 8 now with a 'new and improved' Logo :-)

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    Anonymous , March 4, 2012 12:30 AM
    KDE is the way to go!
    By far the most advanced GUI of any OS!
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    mobrocket , March 4, 2012 1:44 PM
    bradley63336652my classmate's step-mother makes $72/hour on the computer. She has been fired from work for 6 months but last month her pay was $18628 just working on the computer for a few hours. Read more here - LazyCash5.com


    why did she get fired from work?
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    Anonymous , March 4, 2012 10:57 PM
    There's nothing wrong with Ubuntu or Unity, if anything Ubuntu is the only unifying force in all of LInux, most of the other Linuces are toys, and the other big boy distros like OpenSuse and Fedora are still a joke.

    I kind of miss Gnome2 + Cairo Dock + compiz-config-settings-manager, but Unity is a very functional desktop, albeit my windows no longer fold themselves up into paper airplanes and fly away when I close them....
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    Anonymous , March 19, 2012 3:44 AM
    Sorry guys.
    Unity is not a functional intuitive desktop.
    The aim of all desktops is Functional, simple, Elegant.

    Unity got the first 2 wrong and the last one half right.