Ubuntu 12.04 Developer Summit Summary
Canonical will also be working on power consumption improvements for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, but do not look for any major improvements in this release. The Linux power consumption will still be largely shit compared to Windows and Mac OS X for most hardware. Canonical also acknowledged the boot speed problem.
Lots of plans for Ubuntu on smart-phones were talked about, but again this is a long-term action that will evolve over the course of several release cycles before there's a chance of seeing Ubuntu compete with Apple iOS and Google Android -- if it even makes it that far.
Another distinct announcement during UDS-P was how to make it easier for Ubuntu users to hook-up with fellow users. There's plans to integrate some social functionality into the Unity desktop for alerting Ubuntu users of other nearby Ubuntu users to their geographic location, information on upcoming Ubuntu-related meet-ups, etc. There are some entertaining responses in the forums for some weekend reading.
The Ubuntu 12.04 LTS ISO image will be 750MB, compared to less than 700MB with official Ubuntu Linux releases up to this point. Ubuntu Precise Pangolin is now meant for 1GB+ flash drives and DVDs.
That about wraps up the Ubuntu 12.04 Developer Summit and the week of lederhosens in pleasant Florida weather but with disappointing beer and not as interesting as the Ubuntu 11.10 Developer Summit in Budapest. The event ended with Jono Bacon, Ubuntu's Community Manager, dressing up as a hot dog, since Fedora 17 is codenamed the Beefy Miracle.
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