Ubuntu 12.04 LTS ‘Precise Pangolin’ Beta1 Has Been Released! News & Screenshots Tour

It’s time to take another look at what is happening with the development of Ubuntu 12.04. As it stands, the first Beta of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS ‘Precise Pangolin’ has been released (Official Announcement), there is still no official announcement yet (Beta1 ISO has been uploaded). I just updated my own system.

Download Ubuntu 12.04 LTS ‘Precise Pangolin’ Beta1  

What has changed since Alpha?  Not much, really. In fact, there’s really nothing groundbreaking or any new features added. Unity has been updated to version 5.4.0 which also sees the introduction of the new HUD feature. HUD still apparently has many outstanding bugs, but developers maintain that all bugs will be ironed out before Ubuntu 12.04 goes gold. Developers have also added “Recommendations” to Ubuntu Software Center, a new tool called “Privacy” and other small new features.

There’s also the usual software package updates. For example, Chromium Browser has been updated to 17.0, Firefox has been updated to 11.0 and VLC has been updated to the new 2.0.0 version, containing the much touted interface changes. And a nice update for VLC it is.

The user-interface has also been frozen. So you’re going to see no changes there from now on through to final release. Not that any are required. I think the default Unity interface is just fine. And once HUD is introduced with the new Unity update, it should theoretically make it even better than what we currently have.

As a side note; I’ve noticed very fast download speeds from the Ubuntu 12.04 repositories in comparison to previous Ubuntu releases. And especially in comparison to the 10.04 repositories, which I also use as my primary operating system. I have no idea whether this improvement has been intentional from Canonical, because I can’t seem to find any relevant information related to the topic. But a lot also depends on where your source mirror is pointing to. Perhaps there’s been an improvement somewhere in between.

And in the mean time, upgrade your own system for the latest changes and let us know what you think. Or if you haven’t already got Ubuntu 12.04 installed, now is a good chance to test it out. But as always, please use it with caution and only for non-critical tasks as it is still under development.

Some visual changes with Screenshots by M. Zinoune:

– The Ubuntu button now has quicklists with a nice appearance

HUD is now default in Ubuntu 12.04 ‘Precise Pangolin’


– Added new tool called “Privacy”

– The volume bar has got a new look. And Rhythmbox has replaced Banshee as a default audio player

– Added “Recommendations” to Ubuntu Software Center: When turned on, USC will put applications related to your preferences at the bottom

More screenshots:

– Default applications

  • Zaid Abdulla

    There is no announcement and the builds are not even in mirrors. Therefore, contrary to what the title says, Ubuntu 12.04 beta 1 has not been released yet.

  • zinovsky

    You can use the daily build of this morning :) how many changes will be from now to the next 2 hours
    Also it was expected 10 hours ago :

    Expected:10 hours ago


  • Enrico Badalamento

    and where is download link ?????

  • Christian Bernard

    This is really cool. I’m excited to use this feature. My hands can leave the keyboard less.

  • Raul Filho

    I’m using Ubuntu 10.04 about 1.5 year, tried to install the 64bits without success, now I have a core i3 2125 in a good GigaByte mobo and Ubuntu 12.04 is promised to be 64bits by default. I’d like to test it ASAP. Maybe Beta1 would be a good opportunity, or not :)

  • http://aligunduz.org/ Ali

    There’s no ISO published yet afaik. Hopefully, it will soon be published at:

  • zinovsky
  • https://launchpad.net/~jr Jonathan Riddell

    It has not been released yet, watch for the announcement on https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-announce

    Correct URLs will be posted there, the URL above is incorrect.

  • Sdfsd1


  • Dreamer

    The improved Internet connection speed might be due to the way “DNS resolution” is handled in Ubuntu Precise Pangolin. See: http://ur1.ca/8gu27

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JFBPKWESDEWXTWGYJKPXDJXQOA Jerry Fletcher

    11.04 and 11.10 are still beta quality… buggy as heck.
    Unity is not a suitable interface for a work environment, but it may be OK for a phone or a tablet, just not a computer…
    I have gone back to 10.04 and LMDE

    be careful out there!

    PS: give it a try anyway, you may like it

  • adam

    I can see that Graphics “unknown” which has been my issue as the photos are distorted. anyway to get graphic driver i5 acer 4752 Intel HD graphics+Nvidia 610M

  • rc

    well it looks like previous versions….not to my taste. Dare I say Canonical have given Mint a new lease of life as Unity takes a foot hold.

  • http://twitter.com/grputland Gavin R. Putland

     Still no full HD on the Dell Vostro 360 all-in-one with integrated graphics: http://t.co/d7LFw0PC .

  • Chrisjones

    The above link in the article is correct.

  • Jeje

    Ubuntu is nice and everything, but why didn’t they follow the GNOME design guidelines when creating the icons/panel to the left?

  • Stomiposen

    I have used Ubuntu for years at home and I love it, except the Unity desktop. Of corse I have used the Gnome fall back option in the later versions, but I have heard that it’s not gonna be possible in the coming versions. That’s really stupid. The Unity desktop is ugly. But that is not the biggest problem. The biggest problem with the Unity desktop is that all logic has gone down the drain. It’s messy, and scares off new users, and annoy the old. The progress Ubuntu have experienced is gonna be lost on that account, and that’s a shame.
    I’m about to start up a business and my plan is to use Ubuntu. But if the fallback option disappears, I can not expect the employees to be able to use it as fast as with the gnome desktop which make Ubuntu extremely easy for new users. 
    Hope the fall back option will be kept as a possibility.