Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Released.

Subject: General Tech, Systems, Mobile | April 17, 2014 - 11:39 PM |
Tagged: canonical, ubuntu, ubuntu 14.04

Ubuntu, the popular Linux distribution, has been on a steady six-month release schedule for eight years. Every four versions, that is, once every two years, one is marked as Long Term Support (LTS). While typical (non-LTS) releases are supported for around 9 months, LTS versions are provided with five years of updates. Of course, each version, LTS or not, is free. The choice to stay on a specific branch is something else entirely.

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For most home users, it will probably make sense to pick up the latest version available on your update manager. Of course, each new release will change things and that can be a problem for some users. That said, given that releases come in six-month intervals, it does make sense to keep up with the changes as they happen, rather than fall behind and have a real shock in five years. Enterprise customers, on the other hand, would love to adopt an operating system which never changes, outside of security updates. Windows XP is a recent example of where enterprise customers will actually pay to not upgrade. These customers will benefit most from LTS.

So, why 14.04 LTS?

First and foremost, Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, wants to catch the wave of PC users who are looking to upgrade from Windows XP and Windows 7. It is free, it has a web browser and an office suite, it is stable and secure, and they suggest that it will be easy to deploy and manage for governments and other institutions.

The interface is Unity7, although users will have the option to try Unity8. The latter version is Canonical's attempt to cover all form factors: phones, tablets, TVs, and desktops.

They probably could have chosen a different number, if only for the jokes.

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is available now at their website. It is free. If you want it, go get it unless you already have it.

Source: Canonical
April 18, 2014 | 07:04 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

They could name the Unity 8 one Tumultuous Turkey

April 18, 2014 | 09:15 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Ubuntu, the not so popular with the Linux users distribution, Unity 8, or more like Dis-UNITY!
In evolution branches happen, but thay can and do lead to dead ends, Unity could very well be one of these dead ends.
But, there will always be a Debian tree to base things off of, that and a few other trees coming from the linux root.
Its going to be intersting to see what Steam OS does for the Linux distro usage statistics.

Note: Popular and widely used, can be two entirely different things, just look at all the new laptops/PCs that are stuck with windows as the only pre-installed "option", especially with the 8, forced on so many OEM systems. The same can be said for Ubuntu and Unity, to a degree, though it is much easier to rid a system of Unity on a Linux based distro.

April 18, 2014 | 12:13 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

This latest version is stable, polished & beautiful from its wallpapers to its borders. Lots of small subtle changes that are very pleasing & visually appealing.

I wish they included a stylized animated painting of a Tahr as a wallpaper.

The best version so far aptly named Trusty Tahr, this beauty will scale dizzying high peaks of success!

April 19, 2014 | 08:23 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Wow right out of the MonkeyBoy M$ paybook, could there be more marketing Speak, BS, right out of the Madison avenue Brill building, with the superlatives there! Let's give it a mid-century modern TIFKAM style interface that reports back those all essential metrics for more ad delivery goodness! I'll take a Steam OS, for that good non unity unadulterated Debian based good time.

April 18, 2014 | 01:09 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

ubuntu shot itself in the foot when it added unity.

now its, ANYTHING but ubuntu

April 18, 2014 | 03:50 PM - Posted by Sonic4Spuds

Great to see!

Even if you don't particularily like Ubuntu it provides a base for a lot of well loved distrobutions, such as Linux Mint and Peppermint, and they do a lot of work to push certain open source projects foreward.

April 19, 2014 | 11:24 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

No Debian provides the base, but Mint does strip all that unity crap, and other canonical crud off of Ubuntu, to restore some sanity! So the real Props go out to the Debian developers! There is Mint Debian, for the more Ubuntu, free distro of the minty variety.

April 19, 2014 | 11:27 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Edit: remove the comma after Ubuntu, shoud read [Ubnutu free]

April 19, 2014 | 03:23 AM - Posted by JohnGR

Ubuntu? Nope. Debian.-

April 19, 2014 | 02:40 PM - Posted by Biggie (not verified)

I don't know why there is so much hate for Unity, I like the interface, It works great on my 10 year old laptop, makes the most of my limited desktop space. Not sure about the switch away from X to MIR, time will tell.

April 19, 2014 | 06:48 PM - Posted by Dom (not verified)

This

i have this exact same thought, for me anyway, Unity is way nicer and better than GNOME was, whenever ive used it its been on par for stability and speed differences have been negligible, and Unity, without a shadow of a doubt in my mind (for me anyway) is so far better looking GNOME should be embarassed

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