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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin Beta 1 Released 243

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donadony writes with news about what will become the next LTS release of Ubuntu. From the article: "It's time to take another look at what is happening with the development of Ubuntu 12.04. As it stands, the first Beta of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin has been released. I just updated my own system. What changed since Alpha? Not much, really. In fact, there's really nothing groundbreaking or any new features added. Unity has been updated to version 5.4.0 which also sees the introduction of the new HUD feature. HUD still apparently has many outstanding bugs, but developers maintain that all bugs will be ironed out before Ubuntu 12.04 goes gold. Also added were recommendations to Ubuntu software center, and a new tool called 'privacy' and other small new features."
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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin Beta 1 Released

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  • All bugs? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by busyqth (2566075) on Thursday March 01, 2012 @05:26PM (#39214331)

    developers maintain that all bugs will be ironed out before Ubuntu 12.04 goes gold

    Good luck with that.

  • Right (Score:5, Insightful)

    by TheSpoom (715771) <slashdot@@@uberm00...net> on Thursday March 01, 2012 @05:40PM (#39214483) Homepage Journal

    All I know is, I'm waiting for the reviews before updating this time. Most likely I'll be on Mint pretty soon anyway. Unity gave me a severe distaste for anything Canonical.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 01, 2012 @05:44PM (#39214535)

    Umm...why?

    Unity was pretty buggy when it was first released but you could say that about practically every piece of OSS that's ever been released. It's since matured quite a bit, and if you like a tablet-style interface for your desktop (or just something a bit different from whatever version of Windows is popular at the time), what's wrong with it?

    Kubuntu doesn't need funding to continue on existing, that's up to the community and the package maintainers. If they dry up and disappear than maybe it's a lack of interest for KDE on Ubuntu that's the real problem.

  • by grimmjeeper (2301232) on Thursday March 01, 2012 @06:16PM (#39214943)

    The bugs in unity are not the biggest problem people have with Ubuntu and Unity. Linux users of all types are used to buggy code.

    No, the problem is Unity itself. It's a UI that just doesn't appeal to many Linux users. Some people love it. Sure. But a lot of us can't stand all of the crap and bloat that has infected user interfaces over the years. A lot of us want a simple and clean interface that stays out of the way. I want to be able to fire up a browser or three, my IDE, my email, a file manager, and once in a while a terminal or two. I want simple buttons and menus and a UI that lets me move windows around without all sorts of flashy special effects that get in the way. I want a couple of "desktops" so that I can leave my development area as it is while I type up a document on a word processor.

    I'm not running a tablet. I don't need my UI to act like one. I have a full keyboard and mouse and I'm doing real work with real programs. I want a simple interface that lets me do that. For me, Linux Mint gives me all of what was great about Ubuntu but with a UI that I can tailor to my liking. I fire up my desktop with MATE, which is still a little buggy, and I get things done.

    If you like Unity, go ahead and use it. But for people who like KDE and the old GNOME 2.x UI, Ubuntu has driven itself into irrelevance.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 01, 2012 @06:20PM (#39214979)

    What's wrong with it?

    You said so yourself. Tablet interface. I DONT USE A FUCKING TABLET

  • by grimmjeeper (2301232) on Thursday March 01, 2012 @06:43PM (#39215193)

    all due respect, i am running 10.10 netbook remix (first test of unity), and i currently have 3 browsers open, 3 terminals, a photo-editing app (darktable is pretty damn good these days) which i compile myself, plus skype, and occasionally dosbox'd doom2 and carmageddon.

    the interface will get out of your way if you hit f11.

    just sayin'. unity is certainly not perfect, but i use the sidebar more often than not. some stuff i'll launch from a terminal.

    If you like Unity, great. Use it. But for a lot of us, we don't want to have a side bar. We don't want all of these tablet like "features". We don't want to have to hit F11 for the UI to get out of the way. We want the UI to be out of the way as a matter of design. So for us, Ubuntu is irrelevant. But that doesn't mean you have to do what we do.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 01, 2012 @07:10PM (#39215457)

    people who are so troubled by Unity are in minority.

    Have you noticed that Unbuntu has been overtaken by other distros? End users are speaking, and Gnome developers are not listening. I am not the first to notice.

    Why Isn't GNOME Listening?

    What has GNOME learned from user reactions to GNOME 3? Apparently, only how to ignore feedback. ...

    In fact, GNOME appears so little interested in feedback that Day simply turned off comments after 115 had been posted. The comments were not particularly hostile -- some were favorable and almost all of them polite and informed -- but the comments were cut off, despite the obvious eagerness for discussion.

    http://www.datamation.com/open-source/why-isnt-gnome-listening-1.html

  • by Lincolnshire Poacher (1205798) on Thursday March 01, 2012 @08:54PM (#39216259)

    Linux Mint gives me all of what was great about Ubuntu but with a UI that I can tailor to my liking.

    But you had that in Ubuntu:

    apt-get install xfce4

    or whatever. GDM would even add it as a login option automatically for you.

    Why go to all the trouble of installing another distro when the functionality to change UI was five minutes away?

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