Ubuntu is a free operating system available for desktops, notebooks, phones, tablets, servers and even TVs. For the individual, it offers a simple, intuitive interface that can be customised on many levels. For the business user, Ubuntu offers access to legacy applications, remote management, and, with a full office suite, it eliminates the need for [...]
So far, the experience with the 13.04 family was mixed. Some great things, like performance, accompanied with kernel crashes due to bad QA. Overall, somewhat frustrating, as the intermediate releases between LTS editions should be probably be labeled beta, for geeks only. Let’s see what gives here.
My initial impressions are good, in that it installs relatively easily and runs well, and some particularly troubling problems from the pre-releases have been fixed in the final release. However, my overall opinion is still the same: if you liked Ubuntu before, your are probably going to like this release even more.
Ubuntu 13.04 is an upgrade that’s a downer. Not that Raring Ringtail is a total failure — it’s just that it lacks any real electricity. Yes, it is easy to use and comes preloaded with lots of apps. However, hardcore Linux enthusiasts will give this distro a pass and wait for the next long-term release
GIVEN the lukewarm press that accompanied the launch of Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail), I had very few expectations when I upgraded my PC from Version 12.10. I am happy to report that I was pleasantly surprised and suitably impressed with the latest version of the popular Linux-based operating system.
‘Raring Ringtail’ is the new Update of the Ubuntu Linux which was released by Canonical this week. The Linux Kernel has been totally updated and new applications have been pre-installed.
It’s not just Windows 8 that’s been criticised for expecting users to swallow an unpopular and ill-suited new interface. When Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, moved its default desktop OS interface to Unity in April 2012, it also alienated many loyal followers.
November 28th, 2012 by cj2003
Write this down: Ubuntu 12.10, the late-year arrival from Canonical’s six-month standard release factory, marks the first new release within the company’s current long-term support cycle. Got it? Good, because it may be the best takeaway from the latest Ubuntu release, codenamed Quantal Quetzal. After that, it’s a bit of a rocky ride.
November 22nd, 2012 by cj2003
A STUBBORN streak led me to try installing Ubuntu 12.10 (a.k.a. Quantal Quetzal) on my home PC again, after an anti-climactic failure last week to get past the “Preparing to Install” screen the first time around.
November 15th, 2012 by cj2003
As always, the latest edition of Ubuntu was released on schedule. Ubuntu 12.10, code-named Quantal Quetzal, was released on October 18. What’s different about this release, is that it is the first October release that I can recall in a long time that comes with new features that are at once cool and controversial. End-to-end [...]
November 8th, 2012 by cj2003
The Unity Launcher shows a hefty finessing — this is the icon bar that is hard-wired to the left edge of the screen for launching frequently used applications. Its displayed icons are more appealing visually with their rounded, uniform appearance. The ability to hide the Launcher bar until the mouse pointer touches the left screen [...]
November 8th, 2012 by cj2003
No Ubuntu release would be the same, either, without spending a little time at the beginning just wearing the release in, updating it, ticking all the right boxes (literally) that suit you, the user. It would be unfair for me to begin reviewing a system that I hadn’t given the time to optimise to work [...]
November 1st, 2012 by cj2003
The latest version of [Ubuntu] Linux has become far more user friendly than its earlier iterations and there are a variety of ways that users can try out the OS.
October 28th, 2012 by cj2003
Term Support (LTS) version of the OS (Ubuntu 12.04) before it moves towards the next LTS version. That usually means focussing on a specific area and this time around, it’s cloud and web integration.
October 25th, 2012 by cj2003
Ubuntu’s biannual release schedule tends to mean only small, evolutionary improvements between versions, and Ubuntu 12.10 – the “Quantal Quetzal”, to give it its friendly codename – looks and behaves similarly to April’s 12.04 release.
October 21st, 2012 by cj2003
et’s cut right to the chase: Ubuntu 12.10 is a totally, 100%, utterly, completely acceptable release. It has some new features. It has some bug fixes. In almost every way, it is very, very similar to Ubuntu 12.04 – which makes a great deal of sense, considering that the two releases are only six months [...]
October 21st, 2012 by cj2003
After reviewing the last version of Ubuntu 12 a few months ago I wasn’t too impressed with the OS in general. Ubuntu kept loyal to its obscure following by not dipping its toes into the real reason Windows and OSX are popular. And I’m happy to say that it has finally broken out of that [...]
October 7th, 2012 by cj2003
Ubuntu and Canonical have come a long way since their 7.04 Feisty Fawn release, which followed Microsoft’s Windows Vista. Back then, Canonical failed to capitalise on Vista’s universal rejection by its users. But it’s now 2012, and things are different. Does Ubuntu 12.04 have what it takes to position itself as a more usable alternative [...]
September 7th, 2012 by cj2003
Updates to the popular Ubuntu Linux distro come around, with monotonous regularity, every six months or so. The latest implementation, 12.04, however, carries the “LTS” tag, short for Long Term Support, making it just that little bit different.
June 29th, 2012 by cj2003
With Ubuntu 12.04, Canonical has delivered a much improved product that spans desktops, servers and the cloud in a bid to become the cross-platform mainstream product that Apple’s Mac OS might have been had Apple not abandoned the server market.
June 24th, 2012 by cj2003
It seems fair to assume that version 12.04 of the software has been nicknamed “Precise Pangolin” in tribute to the tropical mammal of Africa and Asia because of the hardened scales that cover its body.
The Unity environment is responsive and robust in 12.04, offering the reliability that one would expect from a mature desktop shell. This important milestone in Unity’s development is timely. Ubuntu 12.04 is a long-term support (LTS) release, which means that it will receive updates and commercial support for longer than regular releases
Six months have passed since the last release of Ubuntu, and that means it’s time for a new version – complete with a new smarty-pants zoological codename (the “Precise Pangolin” this time, better known as a scaly anteater).
I decided it was time to scrutinise the latest version of Unity running on the latest version of the OS. Some of the observations that follow relate to new features and some to features already present in Ubuntu 11.10 and earlier versions.
Precise Pangolin is a big step up in many regards. The new Ubuntu OS is friendlier with legacy hardware. It’s peppier and more responsive. I find it is far less sluggish on my older gear. It flies on my newest hardware. However, while its Unity interface has been improved somewhat, it’s still too limited and [...]
CANADIAN LINUX VENDOR Canonical has pulled out all the stops with Ubuntu 12.04 to get enterprises to give its Linux operating system a go, and on the whole it succeeds, even if some features might put off traditional users.
Ubuntu has been one of the top two distributions in Linux for a very long time, yet this is the first time I have really used Ubuntu for more than a week. I prefer Linux Mint, which is derived from Ubuntu.
Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin is part of the company’s LTS or Long Term Support series, and is guaranteed for five years of support through Canonical. That means the company is focusing less on cramming new features into this release and more on making it as stable as possible. So, if you’re familiar with Ubuntu, you [...]
On April 27, 2012 Ubuntu released its new operating system Ubuntu 12.04. Since then I have been playing around with it, and I’ve got to say that although I had my doubts about Unity it is turning out to be quite a nice desktop environment. So without further ado let’s take a look at what’s [...]
Ubuntu 12.04 ‘Precise Pangolin’ is the first Long Term Support (LTS) release to feature the controversial Unity windows manager, a heads-up display (HUD), and five year support as Canonical aims to set it apart from the myriad of other Linux distributions.