Ubuntu 12.04, the fourth major Long Term Support (LTS) release for Ubuntu, is serious stuff.
LTS editions of Ubuntu are delivered every two years and have extended support from Canonical.
They also set the look of the coming years' releases.
And this LTS, codenamed Precise Pangolin, has had its support extended from three to five years by Canonical.
Why does all this matter? Because Ubuntu 12.04 will be the first time many of Ubuntu's more conservative customers – especially those in business – will face the controversial Unity interface that replaced the conventional GNOME.
It re-oriented the interface for more touch and introduced a more 3D look and feel.
Also in the PC edition of this LTS is HUD
: Head Up Display.
The idea of the HUD interface is to dispense with the tried-and-tested drop-down menus setup, and instead to allow users to access features and invoke commands using search and natural-language autocomplete