Time for more long-term support?

Recently, Update Manager has been bugging me that a “New Ubuntu release ‘12.04.1 LTS’ is available”. This served to remind me that even long-term support has its limits, and that the days for my trusty Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx) are well and truly numbered. In particular, this latter version will not be supported after April, 2013. So, now is probably a good time to think about moving on…

The good news is that the current LTS version, Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin), which was released on April 26, 2012, will be supported for five years rather than the three years for previous LTS versions. So, if I install Version 12.04, I should be good to go until April, 2017.

If you have been following some of my previous explorations into recent releases of Ubuntu, you will realize that I do not want to use the Unity interface that Ubuntu currently favours. In addition, there are a few applications that I use frequently that are no longer bundled with the Ubuntu distro, plus a number of tweaks that need to be applied to the system to make it run precisely as I wish.

For those who may agree with the above, near-Luddite vision, the following steps will create an installation of Ubuntu 12.04 that pretty well has the look and feel of Version 10.04.

(1) Obtain the ISO distribution file, using wget (See: W-getting Ubuntu distros), from our friends at the University of Waterloo’s Computer Science Club.

wget http://mirror.csclub.uwaterloo.ca/ubuntu-releases/precise/ubuntu-12.04.1-desktop-i386.iso

(2) Burn the ISO file to a multi-boot USB memory stick using Yumi (See: Saving the planet – 3 or 4 CD’s at a time) and use this bootable USB drive to install Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS to the hard drive

(3) Install gconf-editor and Synaptic Package Manager through the Ubuntu Software Centre

(4) Use gconf-editor to switch the window controls from the top-left to the top-right of any given window (See: Left – or right – of centre?)

(5) Install gnome-session-fallback using Synaptic Package Manager to provide an alternative desktop to the Unity environment (See: Imprecise Pangolin?)

(6) Disable the guest account (See: Unwelcome Guest)

(7) Install dconf-editor and use this application (navigate to com – canonical – indicator – datetime and check both show-date and show-day) to add a day/date display to the panel

(8) Use the keyboard short-cut, Super (Windows) key – Alt – Right-click, to add a Shut Down icon to the panel

The resulting desktop has a top panel with Applications and Places menus in the top-left corner. The old System menu is now rolled into Applications – System Tools. The panel in the top-right corner of the screen has the shutdown icon, the new Settings menu, the date/time indicator and the usual assortment of display indicators for such things as sound volume and network connectivity.

So, it’s all systems (more-or-less) normal – at least for now.

References:

Ubuntu Wiki – Releases
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Releases

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