The guys over at Canonical have finally started to roll out the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS platform for desktops. Being the fourth long-term support release churned out by the company, it’s apparently compatible with various virtualization tools such as Citrix and VMware as well as Microsoft RDP 7.1.
Along with 5 years of expected future updates, the OS is said to deliver a 3-way choice for productivity. It comes with various browser-based cloud tools and the LibreOffice suite pre-installed as well as remote access to desktop applications. Besides these, users will also be presented with a refined version of the Unity UI that’s improved to deliver better productivity.
“For large enterprise deployments with long-term planning processes, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS is our best desktop yet,” states Jane Silber, CEO of Canonical. “Thanks to our expanded hardware partnerships, we’ll make regular updates to support new PCs from certified partners like Dell, HP and Lenovo. And we’ll support even more companies that make the switch to Ubuntu on their desktops.”
Users will be able to store content online through the Ubuntu One cloud service which provides 5GB of free storage. Along with the new HUD, the open source platform incorporates the Ubuntu Software Center for access to a wide catalog of applications, and the Video Lens attribute for making video search easier. What’s more, potential users can take the OS for a test drive through the ubuntu.com/tour website, without the hassle of installing any files.
The open source Ubuntu 12.04 LTS OS can be downloaded through the company’s website, free of cost.