It’s here! Precise Pangolin or, as it’s officially known, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Canonical’s latest is now available in its final(ish) form and ready for you to download, burn and install. While LTS (Long Term Support) releases are generally more conservative in their application of new features, Pangolin does include some rather notable tweaks. The most immediately noticeable will be the new log in screen which, while largely the same, does have the slick new trick of changing wall papers to match the selected user. A more subtle change is revealed once you’ve logged on and press alt — HUD. The new search-based menu system is quite a departure from traditional interaction models, and one that will come as a relief to those who constantly forget where a particular option is buried. Perhaps the most welcome change, though, is the vastly improved performance and power management. Ubuntu, for all of its finer points, has never been particularly battery friendly. But Canonical is promising that is going to change. We’ll have to wait to find out once we get this bad boy installed on some machines of our own. You know the drill, hit up the source link to download it for yourself, for free.
Update: Well, looks like all you Ubuntu fanatics have taken out the site temporarily. We’re sure it’ll be back soon but, in the meantime, you can still download the latest version of the OS here (magnet link).
Update 2: And they’re back! Also, we’ve now got PR after the break.
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin hits the web, with HUD in tow originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 26 Apr 2012 08:40:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.