Subject: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) Beta 2 Released.
The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the final beta release of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Long-Term Support) Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products.
Codenamed "Precise Pangolin", 12.04 continues Ubuntu's proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing a few new features but mostly fixing bugs.
With Ubuntu 12.04, Kubuntu, Edubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Mythbuntu and Ubuntu Studio also reached Beta 2 status today.
Some of the key new features available since Beta 1 are:
* A new Ubuntu kernel (3.2.0-20.33) which is base on the v3.2.12 upstream Linux kernel. Changes to the default kernel flavours have been made for 12.04 LTS.
* Updates to our new way to quickly search and access any desktop application's and indicator's menu, called the HUD, can be accessed by taping the Alt key and entering characters.
* LibreOffice has been updated to 3.5.1.
* Ubuntu One has a new control panel to provides an installer, setup wizard, ability to add/remove folders to sync, and more
Please see http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/ for details.
Ubuntu Server and Cloud Images
* 12.04 Beta 2 is shipping the latest milestones of OpenStack Essex (RC1), and will be upgraded to final before release.
* Zentyal as well as OpenMPI 1.5 for ARM are now available in Universe.
* KVM 1.0 on x86, which enables nested KVM by default, now allows a virtualisation experience within cloud instances.
Ubuntu Core is a minimal rootfs for use in the creation of custom images, and now includes ARM hard float (armhf) images. Developers can use Ubuntu Core as the basis for their application demonstrations, constrained environment deployments, device support packages, and other goals.
Kubuntu 12.04 Beta 2 introduces "Kubuntu Active" as a tech preview, which is a new Ubuntu flavour designed for tablet devices.
Please see https://wiki.kubuntu.org/PrecisePangolin/Beta2/Kubuntu for details.
Edubuntu 12.04 Beta 2 ships with improved translations, and updates to the new epoptes and LTSP 5.3 releases.
For more details on what has changed in Edubuntu 12.04, please refer to http://www.edubuntu.org.
Xubuntu 12.04 Beta 2 now has new branding and further appearance tweaks have been made. On i386 hardware, the non-PAE kernel is used to support a wider variety of machines. Pavucontrol is now used over xfce4-mixer.
For more information about the changes in Xubuntu 12.04, please go to http://xubuntu.org/.
Lubuntu 12.04 has had its artwork updated, and updates made to LightDM.
For more information about the changes in Lubuntu 12.04, please go to https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu.
Ubuntu Studio 12.04 Beta 2 live DVD now has a new low latency kernel installed by default. There is better Pulse Audio to JACK bridging, an improved ice1712 mixer and ... the XFCE transition has finished!
Mythbuntu 12.04 Beta 2 contains a pre-release version of MythTV 0.25, which will be updated to final as soon as its available.
Please see http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/precise/beta2 for more details on the above products.
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To Get Ubuntu 12.04 Beta 2
To upgrade to Ubuntu 12.04 Beta 2 from Ubuntu 11.10, follow these instructions:
Or, download Ubuntu 12.04 Beta 2 images from a location near you:
http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/download (Ubuntu and Ubuntu Server) .
In addition they can be found at the following links:
http://releases.ubuntu.com/precise/ (Ubuntu, Ubuntu Server) http://cloud-images.ubuntu.com/releases/precise/beta-2/ (Ubuntu Cloud Images) http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/precise/beta-2/ (Ubuntu DVD, preinstalled ARM images, source) http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-core/releases/12.04/beta-2/ (Ubuntu Core) http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/netboot/12.04/ (Ubuntu Netboot) http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/precise/beta-2/ (Kubuntu) http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu-active/releases/precise/beta-2/ (Kubuntu Active) http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/precise/beta-2/ (Xubuntu) http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/releases/precise/beta-2/ (Edubuntu) http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/precise/beta-2/ (Ubuntu Studio) http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/releases/precise/beta-2/ (Lubuntu) http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/mythbuntu/releases/precise/beta-2/ (Mythbuntu)
The final version of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS is expected to be released on April 26, 2012.
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