March 04, 2012, 7:42 AM —
Exactly three months after the first alpha version of Ubuntu Linux 12.04 "Precise Pangolin" made its debut, the project's developers on Thursday launched the first beta release of the operating system.
As a Long Term Support release, Ubuntu 12.04 is a particularly important iteration of Canonical's Linux distribution. Just one more beta version of the free and open source software is scheduled--with an arrival date of March 29--before the launch of the final release on April 26.
"The team has been hard at work throughout this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs," wrote Kate Stewart, Canonical's Ubuntu Release Manager, in an announcement on Thursday.
Among the new changes included in this first beta version are a feature enabling considerable power savings and a new CD image size of 703MB "to squeeze in every bit of package goodness we can on the installation CD images," Stewart added.
Designed for testing purposes, Ubuntu 12.04 Beta 1 can now be downloaded from the project's site. Here's a quick rundown of some of the release's key highlights.
1. A Taste of HUD