Canonical has just announced that Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS (Precise Pangolin) has been officially released for its Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products.
Ubuntu releases are always on time, but this latest version arrived with a small delay. That is of little importance because the distributions comes with a wealth of new features.
If you are a regular user of the Ubuntu 12.04 operating system, then you won’t have to do anything. Just update the operating system as usual and you will get the latest version installed.
On the other hand, if you are still using the ancient Ubuntu 10.04 LTS version, you will be offered an automatic upgrade to 12.04.4 via Update Manager.
Highlights of Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS (Precise Pangolin):
• LibreOffice has been updated to 3.5.7;
• GNOME has been updated to 3.4.2;
• The IcedTea Java plugin is no longer installed as part of the ubuntu-restricted-addons package but it is still available for install;
• Nautilus quicklist support has been added to Unity launcher;
• There is a new way to quickly search and access menu and indicator actions, called the "HUD" (Heads-Up Display);
• 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 all new Control Panel now provides an installer, setup wizard, ability to add/remove folders to sync, and more;
• By default, the 12.04.4 point release will ship with a newer 3.11 Ubuntu kernel from Ubuntu 13.10, and a matching X.org stack. This is based on the 3.11.0 Extended Upstream Stable Kernel Release. The purpose of providing a newer kernel in the 12.04.4 point release is for hardware enablement;
• Ubuntu 12.04 includes Python 2.7.3 and Python 3.2.3.