Ubuntu 14.04 (code named as Trusty Tahr) is released. It’s a LTS release, so, it will be supported for next 5 years (the earlier LTS edition (12.04) was released two years ago). If you move from LTS to LTS (as I do, for primary development environment), then it’s time to upgrade.
What’s new in Ubuntu 14.04 “Trusty Tahr” ?
In the latest Ubuntu 14.04 Desktop edition, the default desktop environment Unity has improved a lot. Now, you can easily change menu bar settings to windows title bar instead of top menu bar, It also supports high DPI screens and text scaling as well, Improved screensaver and locked screen etc.
So, before switching to alternate desktop environment like Mate/Cinnamon or GNOME, you should give it another try. You may like it. Although, new version of GNOME (3.12) will also be available soon.
Here are some other changes/improvements in this new release.
- Ships with Python 3 by default, although you can easily install python 2 from the package
- Linux Kernel 3.13
- Updates and new features for AppArmor
- Newer version of Upstart (1.12.1)
- Latest version of LibreOffice (4.2.3) with lots of new features
- New Xorg display driver (15.0)
Read official release notes for more details and if you also want to know about the new features for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Server edition.
Parallelly, other flavors of Ubuntu 14.04 are also available. So, if you don’t like the default desktop environment (Unity) in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, then check out these editions :
- Lubuntu 14.04 (with LXDE Desktop, a lightweight desktop environment)
- Xubuntu 14.04 (with XFCE Desktop environment, lighter than unity/gnome)
- Kubuntu 14.04 (with KDE Desktop environment)
- Ubuntu 14.04 GNOME Edition (with GNOME 3.10 Desktop)
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