With roughly 98 percent of the desktop and laptop market spoken for, you’d be forgiven for thinking your only choices for powering your computer were Windows or Mac OS X. There is another way, though. Linux may only run on a tiny sliver of consumer PCs, but the number is growing and one of the biggest players propelling its popularity is Ubuntu. Since bursting on the scene eight years ago, the distro has grown to dominate the desktop Linux market and made plenty of fans (and a few detractors) along the way. Truth is, Ubuntu is completely unique and, at least compared to other distros out there, very user-friendly. It also happens to have a very active community of developers and users willing to lend help to those in need, which makes it appealing to Linux vets, enterprise users and *nix n00bs alike.
Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin is part of the company’s LTS or Long Term Support series, and is guaranteed for five years of support through Canonical. That means the company is focusing less on cramming new features into this release and more on making it as stable as possible. So, if you’re familiar with Ubuntu, you won’t find much here that will blow your mind. Of course, the real question is whether or not the aubergine-loving open-source OS is for you, not whether there’s enough new tweaks to fill a book. So, without further ado, we present Ubuntu 12.04: the review. Join us after the break, won’t you?
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