Here are some of our favorite new features in Ubuntu 12.04. This is a long-term support release which means it will be supported for 5 years (in previous releases this was three years) and is suitable for large organization-wide installations.
Ubuntu’s new video lens searches for videos on the web and on your computer. It gets video from online sources relevant to your location and video sharing websites such as YouTube. For example, if you’re in the UK you may have access to content available in the UK from the BBC iPlayer.
HUD (Heads-up display)
Rather than using the traditional menu system, Ubuntu has created a one-key (alt) “heads-up display”. A good example is in Firefox, just start searching for “book” and results for bookmarking in Firefox will come up. Select items by clicking them or using the arrows and enter key.
This system will “ultimately replace menus in Unity applications” also include voice in the future according to Mark Shuttleworth. However, right now you can still use the menus.
The Ubuntu dash now displays recent programs and files be default instead of the list of programs. Also notice how the dash adopts the color of your background, just an example of some of the new polish which comes to the new Ubuntu 12.04.
Finally, Ubuntu includes a Privacy setting. In settings, select privacy to clear recently viewed files, programs and logs.
The option to disable logging system-wide or in certain programs is also included.
Other cool features
- The log-in screen will match your background image
- Better power management
- Change the size of icons in the launcher
- Ubuntu One is redesigned as well as new recommendations in the Ubuntu Software Centre