Ubuntu 14.04 is now available for download, and the latest version on of the operating system will be around for a while. Sure, Ubuntu 14.10 will come along in October and offer some new features, but the makers of Ubuntu will support Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr for at least 5 years because it’s an LTS (Long Term Support) release.
Ubuntu LTS releases come out every two years, and offer folks (and businesses) that don’t want to go through the hassle of updating their operating system every 6 to 18 months a chance to run a version of Ubuntu that’ll be supported for a bit longer than that.
As an LTS release, the developers focused on stabilizing and fine tuning features from the last few versions of Ubuntu rather than introducing big changes.
Canonical is also focusing on cloud services as it continues to push Ubuntu as an enterprise operating system for servers. Ubuntu 14.04 also adds support for 64-bit ARM microservers.
Among other changes, the desktop version Ubuntu 14.04 includes:
- Preview of Unity 8 desktop environment
- Support for high DPI screens
- New lock screen and screen saver
- New window decorations
- Update to LibreOffice 4.2.3 with a new Start Center, and Writer and Calc improvements
- New Ubuntu-specific settings application
A pre-release version of Ubuntu Touch for phones and tablets has also moved to version 14.04. Official builds are available for the Google Nexus 4, Google Nexus 10, and Google Nexus 7 (2013), but the team has dropped support for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Google Nexus 7 (2012).
Ubuntu Touch has been updated to support tablet-specific elements on larger displays, support for multiple SIM cards, geolocation, contact and calendar sync, and more.
Can Ubuntu Touch be installed on x86 tablets? I know Bay Trail tablets currently have 32-bit UEFI issues but how about other tablets?
This release includes a faster driver for the Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 card.
I’ve been trying out Ubuntu 14.04 in a VM for a while to see how much Unity has improved. It’s better but for now, I’ll stick to using Xubuntu for my primary use on non-high PPI screens. I still prefer a menu list in combination with launcher icons when opening apps. I don’t really like the online search of the Dash so I have to spend time disabling it. I really like that local menus can be enabled now. Too bad it won’t show for background windows (you have to click on the window and then the menu will show up in the window title bar) which was my other reason for not liking global menus when dealing with multiple non-maximized windows.
Also, Unity 8 isn’t enabled by default. 14.04 only has a preview session which is very experimental. I thought I’d mention that since it didn’t seem clear in the article.
Thanks, I’ve updated that part of the article!
As far as I know, Xubuntu 14.04 already supports high PPI screens with the new XFCE.
Xubuntu is also my distro of choice and I am very safitsfied with it.
According to this guy: https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTYzMTM :
“The basic scaling factor for Xfce was horrific on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and caused much eyestrain and problems in my time of using it.”
This was for a pre-release version of Xubuntu 14.04. Has it changed since then?
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