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Canonical Develops Next Version of Ubuntu; Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Having launched the version 11.10 of the open source Ubuntu platform, Canonical is now more focused than ever on developing its next product - the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

The LTS tag stands for Long Term Support, meaning it will be supported by the company for 5 years on servers, and 3 years on desktops. Ubuntu 12.04, also known by the codename Precise Pangoling, is the first ever LTE product with support for the ARM architecture; on select few parts, though. It is likely to come with an enhanced and more polished interface.

In addition, the Ubuntu 12.04 release will also ensure users improved functionality, multi-monitor compatibility, enhanced security features, as well as high stability. The product will be equipped with better management ability for public, hybrid and private clouds too.

“As such it needs to carry on, and entrench, the reputation of the LTS as a carrier-grade platform for mission-critical server deployments and large scale desktop deployments,” wrote Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth in a blog post.

“It’s going to be a beautiful, memorable release,” he added.