On Thursday, April 26, 2012, Ubuntu 12.04 was released and boy was I excited about it! I just couldn’t wait to see it in person. It was installed on my brother’s PC, as I had decided to let him be the “test dummy”. He had purchased a brand new PC only a few days prior so I thought it would be an interesting exercise. It turned out to be a very educational one, both for him and me. You see, he didn’t know very much about Ubuntu or Linux for that matter, so I would use this opportunity to guide him step-by-step in its installation.
OK, to be honest, we tried to burn the .iso file to a DVD, but were were doing it incorrectly. When we tried to install it, it just didn’t work. To his credit, he is the one that had the bright idea of just burning it to a CD. Let’s give him a round of applause for that: *clap, clap* Oh, that’s all………. really? Oh well.
All this happened because I was concerned about using the “Unity interface” so I wanted to see how it worked on his PC, and then I would decide if I was ready to put it on my laptop. LOL!
At the same time, I figured the time had come to check out this new way of doing things since I couldn’t stay away from it forever. I wanted to give it a chance and see if I liked it. Because it’s an LTS (Long Term Support) release, I felt quite confident that it would be rather precise in its way of doing things. I learned that this time, both the server as well as the desktop would be supported for five years. Five years! That sounds like Canonical was very sure about this release being an absolute hit.
I know that I have been giving 12.04 praise, but there is one thing I didn’t like. While it may sound petty, it was really, really annoying to me to the point that I obsessed over it until I got it the way I wanted it. You care to know what it was? Well, I did not like the positioning on the left of the maximize, minimize, and close radio buttons. It made me sick, so sick I wanted to “falcon punch” the person(s) who thought of doing it in the first place. As a result, I found out how to do it and that will be the subject of another post.
Ha Ha Ha! You thought I was going to spill the beans ahead of time, didn’t you? Not a chance!!!
On another note: It really was a learning curve as I spent hours getting used to doing things in Unity. Of course, now that I think about it, it took me some time to get used to Gnome 2, and it seems like so long ago when I first got started with Linux. Those truly were the days! Now, here we go again. Hmm… that COULD be a song.
I will say that with some practice, anyone working with this operating system will do just fine. The “dash menu system” is quite intuitive and doesn’t take long to get the hang of. More of the new features in Precise are here.
Oh, and I will be talking more about Precise Pangolin real soon. So look out for it!!!