Ubuntu 14.04 'Trusty Tahr' Brings Long-Term Linux Desktop Support

By Sean M. Kerner  |  Posted 2014-04-17

Ubuntu 14.04, code-named the "Trusty Tahr" and set for general availability on April 17, is a special Linux distribution because it is a long-term support (LTS) release. An LTS release offers the promise of five years of support, making it a suitable candidate for enterprise-grade deployments. New Ubuntu LTS releases debut every two years, with the last LTS being the Ubuntu 12.04 "Precise Pangolin" distribution in April 2012. Non-LTS releases receive only nine months of security updates and support. The last non-LTS release was the Ubuntu 13.10 "Saucy Salamander," which debuted in October 2013. Ubuntu 14.04 includes a number of updates for server and desktop users. The big highlight for server users is integration with the OpenStack Icehouse cloud platform that is also set to officially debut on April 17. On the desktop, Ubuntu developers have continued to improve the Unity Linux desktop interface. The ability to resize the Unity application launcher has been improved in Ubuntu 14.04, and users now have the option to leverage locally integrated menus for each application window. Unity is Ubuntu's default Linux desktop, though users can choose to install other desktops, such as KDE, GNOME or Xfce. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at some of the features in the Ubuntu 14.04 Linux distribution release.


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