Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Released

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Nathan Osman
published April 17, 2014, 9:09 a.m.

Today is an exciting day for Ubuntu users: Ubuntu 14.04 ("Trusty Tahr") has been released. Not only is Trusty a new release, it's also an LTS (long term support) release. Trusty will continue to be supported well into 2019.

The official list of supported flavors includes:

  • Edubuntu
  • Kubuntu
  • Lubuntu
  • Mythbuntu
  • Ubuntu GNOME
  • Ubuntu Kylin
  • Ubuntu Studio
  • Xubuntu

What's New

Here's a brief summary of what's landing in 14.04:

  • Trusty is shipping with version 3.13 of the Linux kernel, which includes quite a few changes itself - not the least of which is improved support for certain AMD Radeon cards.

  • TRIM support is now enabled by default. This helps boost the performance of solid-state disk drives by informing the disk controller of blocks that are no longer in use.

  • The Unity lock screen no longer looks out-of-place and fits in very nicely with the login screen. Transitions are very smooth and look much more professional.

  • Lots of Ubuntu Touch-related features have been included in this release - far too many to name here.

Get It Here!

One of the inevitable side-effects of a big release like this is a huge number of users all trying to download the images at the same time. This leads to slower downloads. One of the best solutions to this problem is BitTorrent, which distributes the bandwidth burden among connected peers.

For some of us, BitTorrent isn't available or it isn't a viable option. Others simply prefer a direct HTTP download. In that case, do not fear!

Download Mirrors:

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