updated 04:10 pm EST, Tue November 8, 2011
Ubuntu Linux 12.04 to be called Precise Pangolin
Some of the details of the upcoming Ubuntu Linux 12.04 features were detailed at the Ubuntu developer's summit that ended last week. They have been summarized by ExtremeTech thanks to an LTS (long term support) release. Also dubbed Precise Pangolin, the release by Canonical and the Ubuntu development team will work on fixing bugs of the open-source OS for the next five years.
The build will give developers more freedom, as the total build size has been increased by 50MB to 750MB. The OS will also use new 64-bit images, getting rid of the old problems of 32-bit images and their limitations when running some 32-bit apps.
The Unity interface will remain as part of the project, Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth confirmed during his keynote address. He also said he will use his influence to push the development teams make the platform ready for smartphones and tablets within two years. The Unity interface has many people against it, however, as they say it is too cluttered.
Canonical wants to make Ubuntu One, a cloud storage service that will allow users to access their content from anywhere, along with default settings and files, to be a required default log-in in the OS. This is seen as a money-making move, however, as users would likely be pushed to upgrade to a paid plan, up from the free 5GB of storage.
Smaller changes include a much faster start-up time, down to just two seconds from 11. The update to GNOME 3.4 will come just a month before the final 12.04 update, so the OS until then will make do with GNOME 3.2. The built-in Banshee media player will be replaced by Rhythmbox, which is making its return.
The update should be released in April.