New Features in Ubuntu 12.04

The new form of Ubuntu–12.04, codename “Precise Pangolin”– is authoritatively here, which means two things: I get the opportunity to be truly glad about new components, and a few people get the opportunity to attack about Unity in the comments. Horray!

Ubuntu Desktop
Ubuntu Desktop

It’s been a year since Ubuntu made Unity the default interface, and man: a many of you were not cheerful. I was excited, be that as it may: as I would see it Unity is better looking and less demanding to use than whatever other Linux UI. Beyond any doubt: there were some harsh edges in that discharge, however, general I got the Linux desktop I’d been attempting to hack Gnome into getting to be for a considerable length of time.

Hell: from numerous points of view I like Unity superior to anything OS X, an OS I utilize a lot.

Unity is not a tablet UI being constrained on desktop users: you’re considering Windows 8. Unity is a framework that functions admirably on portable laptops and desktops–it’s truly simple to use utilizing just the keyboard–but will likewise function admirably on a tablet if vital. This interface, alongside tasks like Ubuntu for Android, won’t achieve the mystical “Year of the Linux Desktop”, however, they do give Ubuntu a strong spot in today’s mind-boggling processing market.

12.04 enhances Unity’s qualities and addresses some of your old grumblings. It’s quick, incorporates new components desktop clients will love, and, as usual, gives you snappy access to the most recent free programming. There are even new customization choices by default–including the capacity to auto-shroud the dock.


To start with things first: this variant of Ubuntu is quick. My essential tablet isn’t unpleasantly capable: it’s a couple of years old and I’ve just got one gig of RAM. In any case, moving up to Ubuntu 12.04 feels like I got another PC.

Basically: if past adaptations of Ubuntu by and large and Unity particularly felt moderate to you, you’re in for a treat. LTS discharges tend to concentrate on strength and pace, and Ubuntu 12.04 absolutely feels that way.

Press the menu catch; see the menu, in a flash. Look for something; get results, in a split second. Velocity is no more motivation to grumble about Unity: it’s one of its fundamental favorable circumstances.


They’ve been there since the 80s: menus at the highest points of apps, giving you access to various capacities. Some place, amidst “File”, “Edit”, “View” and “Help” is the definite menu thing you’re searching for. PC clients are accustomed to investigating these menus and retaining areas.

With 12.04, Ubuntu offers an alternate methodology:

1. Press “alt”.

2. Scan for the function you need.

3. Hit enter.

HUD in Ubuntu
HUD in Ubuntu

It’s known as the HUD, and it’s rapidly getting to be one of my most loved Ubuntu highlights. It doesn’t supplant anything – you can at present skim the menu of any application utilizing the mouse – yet it beyond any doubt makes discovering highlights simple. It’s especially decent in programming like The GIMP, the menus of which are a labyrinth of usefulness. With HUD you can discover what you’re searching for, rapidly.

Stunningly better: you needn’t bother with immaculate writing to utilize it. For me it found a few things I incorrectly spelled, as in the screen underneath:

Ubuntu Extensions
Ubuntu Extensions

This implies I find what I’m searching for notwithstanding when I commit an error.

The Main Menu No Longer Sucks

In the event that there’re one thing analysts here at MakeUseOf–and I myself–didn’t care for about Unity, it was the “tablet” fundamental menu. With pointless, static connections to things like “The Internet”, it was once in a while utilized. Uplifting news: the goliath uncustomizable catches are gone. The fundamental menu now defaults to your as of late utilized applications and archives:

Ubuntu Main Menu
Ubuntu Main Menu

Just projects not in your dock appear, which means there are no redundancies. Try not to see what you need? Simply sort to inquiry and it will show up in a split second. On the other hand, you can peruse your applications and substantially more by looking through the lenses. It’s a way better route for the menu to capacity, and I believe you’re going to like it.

New Customization Options

In the event that there’s one thing individuals grumbled about when Unity first turned out, it was the absence of customization. Unity is never precisely going to be KDE with regards to this, however, there are some regularly asked for changes offered in the “Appearance” settings.

Customization in Ubuntu
Customization in Ubuntu

Tired of the dock showing up at whatever point you move your mouse to one side? Set the upper left corner to be the weight point rather than the whole side of the screen. You can likewise turn auto-covering up on or off for the launcher. Some other setting, on the “Look” tab, gives you a chance to make the dock whatever size you’d like.


Incase,  that Unity turned you off at first, give it a chance now: you may like it. The upgrades go past what I sketched out over: those are only my top picks. Don’t hesitate to let me know your most loved new components in the remarks beneath.

Then again, you can let me know I’m an imbecile and connection to Linux Mint. I won’t give it a second thought since I don’t need a desktop interface that resembles a variant of Windows from 1995. I need Unity.