NEW DELHI: Canonical, the company behind the popular Linux distro Ubuntu has released the latest version of the operating system, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. It is available as a free download through the Ubuntu website. LTS or Long Term Support version is supported and maintained by Canonical for a period of five years and not nine months unlike previous releases.
The new OS is optimised for desktops and laptops with multi-touch trackpads and touchscreens, as well as support for high pixel density (DPI) screens. According to Canonical, Ubuntu14.04 LTS will also power the first commercially availableUbuntu tablets from Canonical’s OEM partners, expected to be available later this year.
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS also offers users the option to switch to the Unity 8 UI, the next-generation user interface part of Ubuntu’s phone and tablet OS.
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS provides migration tools for organizations and users upgrading from the previous 12.04 LTS release. The new release also includes tools required for business use including remote delivery of applications, compatibility with Windows file formats, browser-based cloud solutions and the Microsoft Office-compatible LibreOffice suite.
“The 14.04 LTS release offers a solid, intuitive experience which is easy to manage,” Jane Silber, CEO at Canonical comments. “It is a viable and affordable alternative for those organisations considering a switch from Microsoft, and specifically those replacing XP or Windows 7 as they come to the end of life.”