discussed this posted by jun auza on the Full Circle Podcast in December, wherein jun summarized plans by Mark Shuttleworth for the Precise Pangolin, the Long-Term Support (LTS) release of Ubuntu 12.04.
integration is to be expected, but rumoured Wayland development sounds a little early for 12.04 to us. Shuttleworth wants this LTS ready for large-scale
deployments by April.
It's a good list of candidate features, summarized from the sessions at the last Ubuntu Developer Summit Conference, albeit qualified by many a might, possibly and probably. We won't know for sure what's in and whats out until the feature freeze and Beta release later in the schedule. RC
1. Kernel 3.2
Kernel version 3.2 will include improvements to
the VMWare graphics stack along with better support for open source
graphics drivers. BRTFS, the heavily talked-about filesystem will
also get a huge amount of features. The Samsung Exynos4 DRM driver... will bring impressive 3D graphics capabilities to
smartphones and other ARM devices. As with every kernel update, users
can expect some minor boosts in performance.
2. 64-bit by Default
If you download Ubuntu
12.04 from the website, you'll be offered the 64-bit version of
Ubuntu by default even if you're using a 32-bit device.
3. No more CDs
Since Pangolin's ISO will
be 750 MB in size, it won't fit on your standard CDs. So, you'll
either have to burn a DVD or use a USB thumb drive to install the
4. Rhythmbox makes a
Unhappy with the poor ARM
compatibility and lack of maintenance, Ubuntu might be going back to
Rhythmbox as its default music player.
5. Way to Wayland
Developers, tinkerers and
hackers can expect to get their hands on an experimental preview of
Ubuntu using Wayland graphics server instead of X.Org.
6. So long Mono
source implementation of Microsoft's .Net Framework probably won't be
a part of Ubuntu anymore. With the possible removal of Banshee and
Tomboy, Ubuntu, much to the
relief of FOSS enthusiasts, might finally become Mono-free.
7. Faster Software
As of now, USC starts up in 11 seconds in some hardware, so
a faster software store will be a more-than-welcome change to Ubuntu.
8. Better Unity
Expect to see moreQuick
Lists and notification badges. Users will also be able to drag
and drop lenses into the launcher. Besides, overlay scrollbars
might get ported to other applications like Firefox, Thunderbird and
9. LightDM gets more
LightDM... will get even better with proposed features like theme
widgets, UbuntuOne integration, design improvements and LightDM will dynamically change its background to match the
wallpaper the user has set up (???).
10. Better icons
Ubuntu 12.04 will
possibly see a new icon set as well as inclusion of revamped sets for
applications that still use small and poorly-designed icons.
For users concerned with
Zeitgeist's privacy issues, Ubuntu 12.04 might include an ability to
turn off indexing for specific folders.
12. GNOME 3.2
Ubuntu will be
sticking with... GNOME 3.2., that said, some
3.4 applications might make their way into the LTS.