Upgrade to Ubuntu Precise Pangolin (12.04 LTS)!
It is TIME! Upgrade to the Precise Pangolin (12.04 LTS) of Ubuntu Linux! I did! Awesomeness! By the way, unlike what the linked article says, it is no longer Beta, it is fully production!
Howto: Upgrade to Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin from 10.04, 11.04, 11.10 | Desktop & Server
For a Desktop Upgrade:
“So to upgrade from Ubuntu 11.04 or older on a desktop system, press Alt+F2 and type in update-manager -d into the command box. Update Manager should open up and tell you: New distribution release ’12.04 LTS‘ is available.
Before to upgrade remember that is important to update your system first then click Upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions:
1- Press Alt+F2 and type in update-manager -d
For a Server Upgrade:
To upgrade from Ubuntu 11.10 on a server system to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS:
1- install the update-manager-core package if it is not already installed:
sudo apt-get install update-manager-core
2- Edit /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades and set Prompt=normal;
3- Launch the upgrade tool with the command
sudo do-release-upgrade -d
and follow the on-screen instructions.”
“The developers behind the Ubuntu project have announced the availability of Ubuntu 12.04, codenamed Precise Pangolin. The new version of the popular Linux distribution brings updated software, several major user interface improvements, and a number of changes to the platform’s default application lineup.
Ubuntu is released every six months on a time-based schedule. The version number is based on the year and month of the release. Version 12.04 is the sixteenth release since the original launch of Ubuntu in 2004. Ubuntu’s audience grew at a rapid pace and quickly elevated it to the status of the most popular Linux distribution for the desktop. The distribution has since been expanded to support servers and mobile and embedded systems.
Ubuntu 12.04 is a long-term support (LTS) release, which means that it will receive security and stability updates for an extended duration. LTS releases, which are issued every two years, have historically offered three years of support on the desktop and five years on the server. Regular Ubuntu releases, by comparison, are only supported with updates for 18 months.
Ubuntu 12.04 is the first LTS release that will receive a uniform five years of support in both environments. The support guarantee is backed by Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu. LTS releases are significant because the extended support period makes them more suitable than regular releases for deployment by hardware manufacturers and enterprise Ubuntu adopters.
Canonical’s official release announcement touts 12.04 as a release for the enterprise desktop, highlighting things like OEM certification and the availability of enterprise-centric software from partners VMware and Citrix.
Due to the longer lifespan and nature of the intended users, the focus of LTS releases tends to be on stability and robustness rather than new features and major technical changes.”