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Canonical Release First Ubuntu 12.04 Alpha

7 December 2011 by Alice Cullen

Canonical has released the first alpha build of Ubuntu 12.04, calling it ‘Precise Pangolin’.

The release, based around the Linux Kernel 3.2, will be a long term support (LTS) release and is available for x86 and 64bit platforms. The code also includes version 9 of both Firefox and Thunderbird from Mozilla.

Kate Stewart, Ubuntu release manager warned that the latest release is not an appropriate option for novice Linux users, in a blog post saying: “Pre-releases of Precise Pangolin are NOT encouraged for anyone needing a stable system or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even frequent breakage.

“They are, however, recommended for Ubuntu developers and those who want to help in testing, reporting, and fixing bugs as we work towards getting this LTS release ready.”

There is still a lot of work to do before the LTS release scheduled for the spring; when the work first started there was a list of 2,237 tasks, only 339 of these have been completed and 41 have been postponed so there is still plenty for developers to be working on.

Canonical boss Mark Shuttleworth had previously commented on the development of the latest release in his blog, explaining the importance of the full release for cloud computing technologies.

He said “Ubuntu is the #1 OS for cloud computing, whether you measure it by the number of instances running on all the major public clouds, the number of Ubuntu-based cloud appliances, the number of public and private clouds running on Ubuntu host OS.

“The extraordinary diversity of the Ubuntu community, the calibre of collaboration between Ubuntu and OpenStack, and the focused efforts of Canonical to make Ubuntu useful in the cloud have all contributed to that position.”