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Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS released

From:  Colin Watson <>
Subject:  Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS released
Date:  Thu, 6 Feb 2014 19:52:29 +0000
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The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS
(Long-Term Support) for its Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products,
as well as other flavours of Ubuntu with long-term support.

As with 12.04.3, 12.04.4 contains an updated kernel and X stack for new
installations on x86 architectures.

As usual, this point release includes many updates, and updated
installation media has been provided so that fewer updates will need to
be downloaded after installation.  These include security updates and
corrections for other high-impact bugs, with a focus on maintaining
stability and compatibility with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

Kubuntu 12.04.4 LTS, Edubuntu 12.04.4 LTS, Xubuntu 12.04.4 LTS,
Mythbuntu 12.04.4 LTS, and Ubuntu Studio 12.04.4 LTS are also now
available.  For some of these, more details can be found in their

    Ubuntu Studio:

To get Ubuntu 12.04.4

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Users of Ubuntu 10.04 will be offered an automatic upgrade to 12.04.4
via Update Manager.  For further information about upgrading, see:

As always, upgrades to the latest version of Ubuntu are entirely free of

We recommend that all users read the 12.04.4 release notes, which
document caveats and workarounds for known issues, as well as more
in-depth notes on the release itself.  They are available at:

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Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS released

Posted Feb 7, 2014 2:45 UTC (Fri) by hadrons123 (guest, #72126) [Link]

Why debian doesn't move to newer mesa or kernel?

Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS released

Posted Feb 7, 2014 5:56 UTC (Fri) by Thue (subscriber, #14277) [Link]

How is that relevant to this Ubuntu release?

Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS released

Posted Feb 7, 2014 6:26 UTC (Fri) by dowdle (subscriber, #659) [Link]

Why doesn't an apple tree grow peaches?

Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS released

Posted Feb 7, 2014 7:46 UTC (Fri) by macson_g (guest, #12717) [Link]

Oh, c'mon, this is a valid question. Maybe it should be rephrased as:

If Ubuntu can move to a new kernel, what stops Debian from doing so?

Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS released

Posted Feb 7, 2014 10:36 UTC (Fri) by hadrons123 (guest, #72126) [Link]

Thanks for understanding and rephrasing rather than ridiculing like the other 2 commentators have done. English is not my primary language.

Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS released

Posted Feb 7, 2014 22:29 UTC (Fri) by busterb (subscriber, #560) [Link]

Maybe it's harder to get all of the supported architectures working on a newer kernel: compared to Ubuntu's primary focus on x86, x64 and ARM.

Some of the lesser-used achitectures have a greater tendency to regress between arbitrary kernel releases, though I don't think I've ever used Debian on a MIPS machine that didn't require replacing the kernel with a specific vendor-patched one anyway.

Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS released

Posted Feb 7, 2014 8:39 UTC (Fri) by colo (subscriber, #45564) [Link]

Because of Debian's promise of (version) stability.

If you want a newer kernel on stable (wheezy), go get it from backports[0]. 3.12 is there, ready to be installed, and running without problems on all my machines as I write this.

For squeeze (today's oldstable), some very kind fellow backported the Xorg stack from then-testing. That's quite a huge effort, but nothing, at least in theory, prevents anyone from pulling that feat off again for today's stable (wheezy). It just hasn't been done, because noone felt a need yet.


Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS released

Posted Feb 7, 2014 11:51 UTC (Fri) by Alterego (guest, #55989) [Link]

wrt Debian, there was etch-and-half iirc

i believe it is a good idea to provide updated drivers (kernel + X + whatever handles hardware) and keep a robust software pile

Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS released

Posted Feb 7, 2014 13:01 UTC (Fri) by hadrons123 (guest, #72126) [Link]

Yea. It would be good idea to have updated drivers. Even RHEL 6.5 has mesa 9.2 whereas Debian stable wheezy has mesa 8.0.X versions.

Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS released

Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS released

Posted Feb 7, 2014 14:15 UTC (Fri) by mathstuf (subscriber, #69389) [Link]

Ooh. Missed opportunity for "etch-n-stretch".

Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS released

Posted Feb 8, 2014 13:25 UTC (Sat) by hadrons123 (guest, #72126) [Link]

I know kernel gets backports. updated mesa is still missing.

Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS released

Posted Feb 9, 2014 1:05 UTC (Sun) by nix (subscriber, #2304) [Link]

Updating Mesa has implications for the X server which has implications for all its drivers which can suddenly mean that your hardware stops working: if e.g. you have a broken display which can't do EDD properly, switching to a kernel modesetting driver will suddenly give you a garbage display unless you add an appropriate option to the kernel command line to tell it what mode to use.

This sort of brokenness is acceptable in testing and unstable, and in new releases. It is very much not acceptable in stable.

Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS released

Posted Feb 7, 2014 13:33 UTC (Fri) by Otus (subscriber, #67685) [Link]

Ubuntu doesn't move either. Only new installs default to the new stack, existing installs stay on the old one unless manually upgraded. The original stack is supported for the whole five years.

Unless Debian upgraded existing installs (which means potential regressions), it would add another kernel for security support.

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