Canonical will unleash tomorrow, December 1st, the first Alpha version of the upcoming Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) operating system, due for release on April 26th, 2012.
The Ubuntu 12.04 LTS development publicly starts tomorrow, December 1st, 2011, with the first development release, called Alpha 1. Another Alpha version will be made available for testing next year on February 2nd.
From tomorrow's Alpha release of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, testers should expect exactly that... a first Alpha release! On-board, you'll find Mozilla Firefox 9.0, the same (but improved) Unity interface, Rhythmbox as the default music player, and a few other small features.
Because it's an LTS (Long Term Support) release, Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) will have two Beta versions. The first one will be available on March 1st and the second one on March 22nd, 2012.
The development cycle of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS will continue with a Release Candidate version, which will be announced on April 19th, one week before the final release of the Precise Pangolin.
Being an LTS release, the Precise Pangolin will have at least four regular maintenance releases. The first one, Ubuntu 12.04.1, will be released in August 16th, 2012; the second one, Ubuntu 12.04.2, will be released on February 7th, 2013; the third one, Ubuntu 12.04.3, will see the light of day somewhere in mid summer 2013, and the last one, Ubuntu 12.04.4, on January 24th, 2014.
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS will be the 16th release of the Ubuntu operating system. This is also the first LTS release to be supported for five years on the Desktop.
Don't forget to visit our website tomorrow, December 1st, for an in-depth article about the first Alpha release of the upcoming LTS version, Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangoling), where we will unveil more of its features, and the download links, of course.