Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS Officially Released, Features New Linux Kernel

Canonical has also implemented a huge number of changes and improvements

Canonical has just announced that Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS (Precise Pangolin) has been made available for download and the users who already have the previous version installed can now update their operating system.

The new version of Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS has arrived just in time and coincides with another important launch, Steam for Linux.

As we can imagine, the sheer number of changes is overwhelming and almost every aspect of the distribution has been improved, which includes a new Linux kernel version, Software Center improvements, and more.

Highlights of Ubuntu 12.04.2:

• The "HUD" (Heads-Up Display) has been improved (Tap the Alt key and enter some letters and words, and it will show the corresponding entries, including some fuzzy matching; then press enter to execute the action);

• System Settings has several new "options" to customize Unity's look and behavior;

• Nautilus quicklist support has been added to Unity launcher;

• Network Manager now uses dnsmasq for improved DNS reliability and support for split-DNS on VPN links;

• IPv6 and IPv4 are now equally supported in Network Manager: an IPv4 address is no longer required for a connection to be considered as working;

• The default music player has been switched to Rhythmbox, which again includes the Ubuntu One music store;

• LibreOffice has been updated to 3.5.4;

• When installing new software through software-center, corresponding language support packages (translations, spell check modules particular to that software, help files, etc.) are now installed alongside automatically;

• The user can opt-in into personalized recommendations. This will show global, category and per-application recommendations to the user;

• The all-new Control Panel for Ubuntu One now provides an installer, setup wizard, ability to add/remove folders to sync, and more;

• Ubuntu One contacts sync in Evolution is not supported anymore and has been removed;

• A newer 3.5.0-23.35 Ubuntu kernel from Quantal, and a matching X.org stack have been implemented.

Users of previous version of Ubuntu, with the exception of 11.10 and 10.04 LTS, will have to first upgrade to these versions first.

More details about this release and about the updated process can be found in the official announcement.

Download Ubuntu 12.04.2 right now from Softpedia.

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