Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) Beta 1 Has Been Released

The first beta of Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) was released on March 1. As always, it is a work in progress, not quite ready for prime time.

To upgrade from Ubuntu 11.10 (Maverick) on a desktop system, press Alt + F2 and type in “update-manager -d” (without the quotes) in the command box.  Update Manager will then come up and tell you that the new version is available for download.  Then, you just need to follow the instructions.


Download the Beta 1

Beta 1 images can be downloaded from a location near you:

http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/download (Ubuntu and Ubuntu Server)

In addition they can be found at the following links:


http://releases.ubuntu.com/precise/ (Ubuntu, Ubuntu Server)

http://cloud-images.ubuntu.com/releases/precise/beta-1/ (Ubuntu Cloud Images)

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/precise/beta-1/ (Ubuntu DVD, preinstalled ARM images, source)

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-core/releases/12.04/beta-1 (Ubuntu Core)

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/netboot/12.04/ (Ubuntu Netboot)

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/precise/beta-1/ (Kubuntu)

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/precise/beta-1/ (Xubuntu)

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/releases/precise/beta-1/ (Edubuntu)

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/precise/beta-1/ (Ubuntu Studio)

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/releases/precise/beta-1/ (Lubuntu)


New Features

Beta 1 includes the 3.2.0-17.27 Ubuntu kernel which is based on the v3.2.6 upstream stable kernel.

The default music player has been switched to Rhythmbox, which again includes the UbuntuOne music store.

LibreOffice has been updated to version 3.5.

The System Setting’s Appearance panel now allows users to easily configure some properties of Unity.

2 Responses to “Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) Beta 1 Has Been Released”

  1. 1 reformedmusings March 26, 2012 at 1:24 am

    Thanks for the links! I finally got around to installing the beta in a virtual machine. I managed to crash it irreparably in under 20 minutes. Had to delete the VM. Not a good sign. Before the VM became totally useless, it managed to report the issue. Turns out that the problem is well known. That’s why we test!

  2. 2 ubuntulady March 26, 2012 at 4:11 am

    You are very welcome. I have been running Precise for a while now, but I had troubles at first.

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