Xubuntu 12.04 LTS on Vappu

Update: Final release is published.
I’ve been using, testing and teaching the beta version for a while. Check links for tutorials of Puppet, Vagrant and other new tools.

New Packages & Versions

Fixes to Problems

  • Gnome 2 is gone, Unity doesn’t feel ready for productive work yet. Unity is the default user interface with the hiding bar on the left. Fix: use XFCE by installing from Xubuntu CD (link below). Medibuntu switched to XFCE, so did Linux Torvalds.
  • Only <4 GB RAM with Xubuntu 32-bit. I already got used to the default PAE (physical address extension) kernel, so that 32 bit Linux can see 8 GB of memory. Possible fix (untested): sudo apt-get install linux-image-generic-pae. Obviously, if you install 64-bit version you can see all your RAM.
  • Arduino requires logging on and off before use. Fix: install instead of using a live CD.


Release version of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS is out, download here.
Understand that this is Beta version, don’t install on production systems.
It’s an ISO image, so it must be burned in a special way. Ubuntu: ‘cdrecord foo.iso’ or right click and ‘Write to Disc’. Mac OSX: drag to Application: Utilities: Disk Utility. Windows: Right click and “Burn disc image” or use Infra Recorder “Burn image”.
Download xubuntu-12.04-beta2-desktop-i386.iso beta2 (700 MB iso direct) or download torrent.
Release version will probably be on cdimage by Vappu 2012-05-01: Xubuntu and vanilla Ubuntu. It will wait for you when you return from Ullanlinnanmäki…

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2 Responses to Xubuntu 12.04 LTS on Vappu

  1. If rumors are speaking truth, there will be working working Gnome Classic in Ubuntu 12.04, if you just install one simple package. The package is gnome-panel. In current 11.10 you can install it too, but the Gnome Classic is not working as it should be.

  2. I’ve got to try it out just to see if it works.
    But I’ll probably stick to Xubuntu/XFCE anyway. I tried it as a replacement for Gnome 2, but now I like XFCE even more. For example, I can set time format in the panel clock in XFCE.