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Ubuntu 13.04 Released

Written for Ubuntu by Colin Watson on 2013-04-25

The Ubuntu team is very pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu 13.04 for Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products.

Codenamed "Raring Ringtail", 13.04 continues Ubuntu's proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. This release cycle has seen a significant push toward daily quality, which has allowed most developers and users to participate more actively throughout the cycle, and we feel this also shows in the final quality of this release.

Along with performance improvements to Unity, updates to common desktop packages, and updated core and toolchain components, Ubuntu 13.04 also includes the new Friends service, to consolidate all social networking accounts via Ubuntu Online Accounts. Also included is a tech preview of Upstart's new user session feature.

Ubuntu Server 13.04 includes the Grizzly release of OpenStack, alongside deployment and management tools that save devops teams time when deploying distributed applications - whether on private clouds, public clouds, x86 or ARM servers, or on developer laptops. Several key server technologies, from MAAS to Ceph, have been updated to new upstream versions with a variety of new features, and a preview of the new Go rewrite of Juju is available in the backports repository.

Read more about the new features of Ubuntu 13.04 in the following press releases:

   http://ubunt.eu/1304Server
   http://ubunt.eu/1304Client

Maintenance updates will be provided for Ubuntu 13.04 for 9 months, through January 2014.

Thanks to the efforts of the global translation community, Ubuntu is now available in 42 languages. For a list of available languages and detailed translation statistics for these and other languages, see:

   http://people.canonical.com/~dpm/stats/ubuntu-13.04-translation-stats.html

The newest Kubuntu 13.04, Edubuntu 13.04, Xubuntu 13.04, Lubuntu 13.04 and Ubuntu Studio 13.04 are also being released today. More details can be found in their announcements:

   Kubuntu: http://kubuntu.org/news/13.04-release
   Xubuntu: http://xubuntu.org/news/13-04-release
   Edubuntu: http://edubuntu.org/news/13.04-release
   Lubuntu: http://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/Announcement/13.04
   Ubuntu Studio: http://ubuntustudio.org/?p=726

This release cycle, we welcome two new flavours to the Ubuntu archive, Ubuntu GNOME and UbuntuKylin. For more information about each, see their wiki pages, and welcome them to the family:

   Ubuntu GNOME: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuGNOME
   UbuntuKylin: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuKylin

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Ubuntu 12.10 Released

Written for Ubuntu by Colin Watson on 2012-10-18

 “Doing is a quantum leap from imagining. Thinking about swimming
   isn't much like actually getting in the water. Actually getting
   in the water can take your breath away. The defense force inside
   of us wants us to be cautious, to stay away from anything as
   intense as a new kind of action. Its job is to protect us, and
   it categorically avoids anything resembling danger. But it's
   often wrong. Anything worth doing is worth doing too soon.”
       - Barbara Sher

With this release, the development teams decided to dive in and focus on introducing some of the new innovations we’ve been imagining for the upcoming LTS cycle, and so are very pleased to be able to announce the release of Ubuntu 12.10 for Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products.

Codenamed "Quantal Quetzal", 12.10 continues Ubuntu's proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution.

Ubuntu 12.10 introduces innovations that bring together desktop and cloud-based experiences, representing the next stage in the transition to a multi-device, cloud-based world. New Previews give large, clear previews of content as it appears in the Dash search results, giving users a quick way to get more information to help find what they are looking for. The new Web Apps feature makes frequently used web applications available through the desktop. A new remote log-in option now lets Ubuntu 12.10 be used as a thin client by businesses that want to virtualise their desktop applications and deliver them to users over the network.

Ubuntu Server 12.10 includes the Folsom release of OpenStack, alongside deployment and management tools that save devops teams time when deploying distributed applications - whether on private clouds, public clouds, x86 or ARM servers, or on developer laptops. Cloud builders now have access to two major new components: Cinder, for block storage and Quantum, a virtual networking API. Ubuntu’s Metal-as-a-Service (MAAS) bare-metal provisioning tool has been updated and now supports Calxeda hyperscale hardware based on ARM, so users can now quickly deploy services directly to bare-metal clusters, whether they’re built on legacy hardware, new Ivy Bridge-based machines or the new ARM-based hardware.

The Ubuntu desktop images have been consolidated to a single improved image with a size of 800MB. This desktop image folds in the advanced partitioning options from the alternate installer (removing the need for alternate and DVD images) and introduces support for UEFI Secure Boot technology. The Ubuntu Server image remains as a CD sized image, but installs the base system from a squashfs image for improved performance.

Read more about the new features of Ubuntu 12.10 in the following press releases:

   http://www.canonical.com/content/ubuntu-server-1210-all-you-need-cloud
   http://www.canonical.com/content/ubuntu-1210-breaks-down-barrier-between-pc-and-web

Maintenance updates will be provided for Ubuntu 12.10 for 18 months, through April 2014.

Thanks to the efforts of the global translation community, Ubuntu is now available in 42 languages. For a list of available languages and detailed translation statistics for these and other languages, see:

    http://people.canonical.com/~dpm/stats/ubuntu-12.10-translation-stats.html

The newest Kubuntu 12.10, Edubuntu 12.10, Xubuntu 12.10, Lubuntu 12.10 and Ubuntu Studio 12.10 are also being released today. More details can be found in their announcements:

   Kubuntu: http://kubuntu.org/news/12.10-release
   Xubuntu: http://xubuntu.org/news/12-10-release
   Edubuntu: http://edubuntu.org/news/12.10-release
   Lubuntu: http://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/Announcement/12.10
   Ubuntu Studio: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/QuantalQuetzal/ReleaseNotes/UbuntuStudio

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Ubuntu 12.04 Released

Written for Ubuntu by Colin Watson on 2012-04-26

"Imagination is as vital to any advance in science as learning and precision are essential for starting points." - Percival Lowell

The Ubuntu team is very pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Long-Term Support) for 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 and improving quality control.

To be a bit more precise about what we're releasing today...
There are 54 product images and 2 cloud images being shipped with this 12.04 LTS release, with translations available in 41 languages. The Ubuntu project's 12.04 archive currently has 39,226 binary packages in it, built from 19,179 source packages, so lots of good starting points for your imagination!

For PC users, Ubuntu 12.04 supports laptops, desktops, and netbooks with a unified look and feel based on an updated version of the desktop shell called "Unity", which introduces "Head-Up Display" search capabilities. Finding and installing software using the Ubuntu Software Centre is now easier thanks to improvements in speed, search and usability.

Ubuntu Server 12.04 has made it much easier to provision, deploy, host, manage, and orchestrate enterprise data centre infrastructure services with the introduction of new technologies such as "Metal as a Service" (MAAS), the Juju Charm Store, and the latest OpenStack version, codenamed Essex. These technologies further position Ubuntu Server
as the best OS for scale-out computing.

Read more about the new features of Ubuntu 12.04 in the following press releases:

   http://www.canonical.com/content/ubuntu-server-1204-lts-certified-available-and-ready-hyperscale-world
   http://www.canonical.com/content/ubuntu-1204-lts-aims-conquer-enterprise-desktop

Long term support maintenance updates will be provided for Ubuntu 12.04 for five years, through April 2017. For those working on the ARM architecture, an 18 month supported release is also provided for the ARM server using the ARM Hard Float (HF) architecture.

Thanks to the efforts of the global translation community, Ubuntu is now available in 41 languages. For a list of available languages and detailed translation statistics for these and other languages, see:

   http://people.canonical.com/~dpm/stats/ubuntu-12.04-translation-stats.html

The newest Kubuntu 12.04 (LTS), Edubuntu 12.04 (LTS), Xubuntu 12.04 (LTS), Mythbuntu 12.04, Lubuntu 12.04 and Ubuntu Studio 12.04 are also being released today. More details can be found in their announcements:

   Kubuntu: http://kubuntu.org/news/12.04-release
   Xubuntu: http://xubuntu.org/news/12-04-release
   Edubuntu: http://edubuntu.org/news/12.04-release
   Mythbuntu: http://mythbuntu.org/12.04/release
   Lubuntu: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/Announcement/12.04
   Ubuntu Studio: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuStudio/12.04release_notes

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Ubuntu 11.10 Released

Written for Ubuntu by Colin Watson on 2011-10-13

"There is nothing like a dream to create the future." - Victor Hugo

The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce Ubuntu 11.10, code-named "Oneiric Ocelot". 11.10 continues Ubuntu's proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution.

For PC users, Ubuntu 11.10 supports laptops, desktops and netbooks with a unified look and feel based on an updated version of the desktop shell called "Unity", which introduces specialized "Lenses". Finding and installing software using the Ubuntu Software Centre is now easier thanks to improvements in speed, search functionality enhancements, and usability improvements. Aside from updates on the performance side, it's also more aesthetically appealing.

Ubuntu Server 11.10 has made it much easier to provision, deploy, host, manage, and orchestrate enterprise data centre infrastructure services with the introduction of "Orchestra". The Juju technical preview allows service developers to describe the deployment and scaling requirements of their applications, in order to simplify and enhance the dialogue between developers and operations teams. For those working on the ARM architecture, a technical preview is also provided for the ARM server.

Read more about the new features of Ubuntu 11.10 in the following press releases:

   http://www.canonical.com/content/transforming-home-pc-ubuntu-1110
   http://www.canonical.com/content/client-cloud-ubuntu-1110-sets-pace-business-it

Standard maintenance updates will be provided for Ubuntu 11.10 for 18 months, through April 2013.

Thanks to the efforts of the global translation community, Ubuntu is now available in 38 languages. For a list of available languages and detailed translation statistics for these and other languages, see:

   http://people.canonical.com/~dpm/stats/ubuntu-11.10-translation-stats.html

Ubuntu 11.10 is the base for the newest 11.10 iterations of Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Edubuntu, Mythbuntu, Ubuntu Studio, and our newest addition to this release cycle, Lubuntu!

Kubuntu: http://kubuntu.org/news/11.10-release
Xubuntu: http://xubuntu.org/news/11.10-release
Edubuntu: http://edubuntu.org/news/11.10-release
Mythbuntu: http://mythbuntu.org/11.10/release
Ubuntu Studio: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuStudio/11.10release_notes
Lubuntu: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/Announcement/11.10

Ubuntu 11.10 is also now available on two new ARM community-supported ports.
AC100 (Toshiba Tegra 2 Netbook): https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ARM/TEGRA/AC100
MX5 (Freescale i.MX53 QuickStart): https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ARM/MX5

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Ubuntu 11.04 Released

Written for Ubuntu by Colin Watson on 2011-04-28

The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce Ubuntu 11.04, code-named "Natty Narwhal". 11.04 continues Ubuntu's proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution.

For PC users, Ubuntu 11.04 supports laptops, desktops and netbooks with a unified look and feel based on a new desktop shell called "Unity". This version supersedes Ubuntu Netbook Edition for all PC netbooks.

Developer reference images are provided for select Texas Instruments (TI) ARM platforms, specifically the "PandaBoard" and "BeagleBoard".

Ubuntu Server 11.04 has made it easier to provision servers, and reduce power consumption. Ubuntu Server 11.04 for UEC and EC2 has a new kernel and improved initialization and configuration options.

Read more about the features of Ubuntu 11.04 in the following press releases:

  http://www.canonical.com/content/ubuntu-transforms-your-pc-experience
  http://www.canonical.com/content/latest-ubuntu-offers-business-added-cloud-features-and-sleek-new-desktop-interface

Standard maintenance updates will be provided for Ubuntu 11.04 for 18 months, through October 2012.

Thanks to the efforts of the global translation community, Ubuntu is available in 43 languages. For a list of available languages and detailed translation statistics for these and other languages, see:

  http://people.canonical.com/~dpm/stats/ubuntu-11.04-translation-stats.html

Ubuntu 11.04 is also the basis for new 11.04 releases of Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Edubuntu, UbuntuStudio, and Mythbuntu:

        Kubuntu http://kubuntu.org/news/11.04-release
        Xubuntu http://xubuntu.org/news/11.04-release
       Edubuntu http://edubuntu.org/news/11.04-release
      Mythbuntu http://mythbuntu.org/11.04/release
  Ubuntu Studio https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuStudio/11.04release_notes

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