Saturday, March 31, 2012

Ubuntu "Precise Pangolin" Beta 2 is out

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS is really close to release day now. Beta 2 came out with a plethora of changes.


If you're already running the development release then a simple update through Update Manager will suffice. I had to do a partial upgrade that thankfully didn't screw up the system.

Let's look at some of the software that comes with it.

Kernel


We're now on kernel 3.2.0-20. It's very unlikely we'll get to see kernel 3.3 in Ubuntu 12.04.

Firefox


Ubuntu 12.04 Beta 2 comes with Firefox 11. Those who prefer a more cutting edge browser can install from the Firefox Beta PPA. Unless you want to run Aurora or Nightly, this is as cutting edge as it gets.

Transmission


Transmission is on version 2.50. It's the latest stable release.

LibreOffice


LibreOffice got bumped up to 3.5.1.2 if anyone's interested. Does anybody really need all those features? Apart from a better UI or better performance, there's really nothing I'd like to add to any modern office suite right now.

Rhythmbox


After migrating over to Banshee in Ubuntu 11.10, we're back to Rhythmbox again in Ubuntu 12.04. The developers need to make up their minds. At least pick something and stay with it a while. Changing the default music app back and forth isn't helping the end user. It's annoying.

Well, that's about it for now. Remember to check out the Ubuntu 12.04 Beta 2 technical overview and release announcements for more.