While most of us are are very much looking forward to Ubuntu 12.10, developers haven’t forgot about Ubuntu 12.04 and released its first maintenance release – Ubuntu 12.04.1
Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin was released back on April as a Long Term Support (LTS) which means that this version of Ubuntu will receive support and updates until October 2017. Both the desktop and server version will be supported to please enterprise level users.
Ubuntu will get several maintenance releases over they time to keep they system protected and up-to-date. The first maintenance release, Ubuntu 12.04.1 was released on August 16 featuring minor improvements.
During Ubuntu 12.04 LTS five years of life it is scheduled to receive three more maintenance releases:
- Ubuntu 12.04.2 on 7 February 2013
- Ubuntu 12.04.3 in mid-2013
- Ubuntu 12.04.4 on January 2014
Ubuntu maintenance releases is similar to Windows Service Pack which means that users don’t need to download updates each time they become available but rather download Service Pack to fix everything with one simple install.
This fixes one of the most annoying aspects of software – frequent updates and restarts when you want it less. You install these updates and it takes a lot of time but you don’t notice any difference because these are minor improvements. Maintenance release allows to update your operating system only 2 times a year so you don’t waste your valuable time installing updates and keeping your system up-to-date. This is great for System Administrators because they don’t have to spend countless hours on system maintenance.
Users who like to follow updates won’t need to installed maintenance release because it will include updates released since the previous maintenance release which means that update are already on your system.
Since the majority of bugs are found during the early phase of product’s life cycle, maintenance releases are scheduled within the first two years after the final release on Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin. Support for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS will continue over its five-year support lifespan but it will receive only regular updates and security fixes instead of maintenance releases.
It is the right time to download and start using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS because first maintenance release is available which means that you won’t need to install updates until February 2013 when the second maintenance release will be available. Meanwhile Canonical, developers behind Ubuntu, is working on Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal, which will be released on October 18. Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha versions are already available for download but first beta is due on 6 September that will outline main new feature we will see on the final version.
If you want to download and install Ubuntu 12.04.1 maintenance release you can install it via Ubuntu Update Manager.