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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, released today!

I am composing this post on a Lenovo ThinkPad X61t running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, released today.  I always stick to the LTS releases at work, as the three and five-year support is a real boon here.

Ubuntu 12.04 marks the first LTS to make use of Ubuntu’s Unity interface.  Unity has been incredibly controversial since day one.  I have never been a fan.  I quite liked both the standard Gnome interface and Canonical’s Netbook Remix interface found in Ubuntu 10.04.  Lucid started out a little rough but has been a great release overall.  Now we have a new LTS with a new interface, and many other significant end-user changes.

I’ve only used it for a few minutes on mid-range hardware, but so far I don’t absolutely hate the new interface.  It’s taking a bit of getting used to but it just may be worth the effort, and I’m willing to run with it for a bit to find out.  If it wasn’t for changes like this, we’d still be stuck with Gnome 1, or maybe even FVWM and TWM.  Progress can be slow in Linux Land, as getting everyone to agree on anything is problematic at best.

Say what you will about Canonical, they clearly have a vision and are doing everything they can to execute this vision.  From Landscape to Unity to Ubuntu One, Canonical clearly isn’t afraid to push long-time Linux user’s expectations and comfort zone.

Congratulations on the new LTS release, Canonical.  I look forward to getting to know Ubuntu 12.04 over the next few years.

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