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Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS Officially Released 61

prisoninmate writes: Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS (Long-Term Support) builds are available for download in the form of Live and Installable ISO images for Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products, on both 64-bit and 32-bit platforms, and that existing Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS users can now update their systems. But not only Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) users can update, as all the official flavors have been updated as well, so users of Kubuntu 14.04 LTS, Edubuntu 14.04 LTS, Xubuntu 14.04 LTS, Lubuntu 14.04 LTS, Ubuntu Studio 14.04 LTS, Mythbuntu 14.04 LTS, Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 LTS, and Ubuntu Kylin 14.04 LTS can also update their systems today or grab the new ISOs.
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Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS Officially Released

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    As a long term Kubuntu user, I do not consider changing to plain Ubuntu an upgrade. Kubuntu fixes a bit of the crap in the main Ubuntu releases and provides a more user friendly interface. Gnome sucks. When I am introducing Linux to older people, that are familiar with Windows, KDE is a much easier for them to accept and start using right away.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      As a long term Kubuntu user, I do not consider changing to plain Ubuntu an upgrade. Kubuntu fixes a bit of the crap in the main Ubuntu releases and provides a more user friendly interface. Gnome sucks. When I am introducing Linux to older people, that are familiar with Windows, KDE is a much easier for them to accept and start using right away.

      Check out Cinnamon. It's what Gnome 3 should be.

    • Not only friendlier, SOOOO much more powerful. Dolphin is hands down the best file manager of any distro on any OS.
      • Not only friendlier, SOOOO much more powerful. Dolphin is hands down the best file manager of any distro on any OS.

        Well, except for Konqueror. Dolphin still feels like a dumbed-down version of Konqueror to me.

        • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

          by Anonymous Coward

          Konqueror was a great OS... it's just a shame it was missing a decent file manager.

        • Yeah I only used Konquerer a bit, either way its the KDE ethos that produces such useful bits of software that Gnome just lacks out of the box. Cheers!
    • My Ubuntu server doesn't have Gnome. I'm not sure what you're talking about. Or are you using an LTS release for the desktop? In which case why?

      • I use LTS 14.04 on my desktop. As a software and hardware developer I want a stable and productive environment that isn't changing all the time. I value things "not going wrong" more than I value having the latest version of something. I also use Gnome as it happens, but I'm running flashback so I have what is basically a Gnome 2 experience on my Ubuntu installation.

        I don't like or want Unity, I find it to be a jarringly odd place to work (and I've tried on more than one occasion to use it for weeks at a ti

  • news for nerds. thanks.
  • I'm already on 14.04 so this was good to know: "existing Ubuntu 14.04 LTS users don't need to download anything, though, as they can update to today's 14.04.4 build using the build-in package management system, so just make sure that your Ubuntu 14.04 LTS installation is up to date"
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      The proper command to update is in the LTS Enablement Stack wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Kernel... [ubuntu.com]:

      sudo apt-get install --install-recommends linux-generic-lts-wily xserver-xorg-core-lts-wily xserver-xorg-lts-wily xserver-xorg-video-all-lts-wily xserver-xorg-input-all-lts-wily libwayland-egl1-mesa-lts-wily libgl1-mesa-glx-lts-wily libgl1-mesa-glx-lts-wily:i386 libglapi-mesa-lts-wily:i386

      • by bheckel ( 128323 )
        Thank you Parker Lewis. Is it worth the effort or is the un-updated 14.04 with occasional

        apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

        good enough for normal users (like me)?
      • Re:existing 14.04ers (Score:5, Informative)

        by somenickname ( 1270442 ) on Thursday February 18, 2016 @07:41PM (#51538447)

        That doesn't update you to 14.04.4, that installs the backported kernel and Xorg drivers. That's not necessary if all your hardware is already supported in vanilla 14.04. If you are already running 14.04.3, the upgrade process is transparent and will happen when you next run dist-upgrade or click the "install updates" button when it next nags you. The ".4" part of the version number has no real meaning beyond, "It has been about 6 months since we last incremented the version number so, let's do so and refresh the images so people are downloading the latest bits". Since the LTS versions have 5 years of support, not refreshing the download images means that, as time goes on, the originally packages are so out of date that you have to upgrade almost all of them immediately after installing. It's really just an arbitrary timestamp rather than what most people would consider an upgrade.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I did two 12.04 to 14.04 upgrades yesterday. The first installed 14.04.3 and the second, just a few minutes later, installed 14.04.4.

    The not so funny part was that while the first upgrade was flawless and installed kernel 3.13.0. The second upgrade seemed to go great, but installed 3.13.36, which caused the server to boot with no network.

    No problem, right? Wrong! This kernel also rendered the mouse and keyboard inoperable! My only way back was to boot from a LiveUSB, chroot the server and install an older k

    • by xvan ( 2935999 )
      Why not booting selecting the previous kernel on grub?
    • by ledow ( 319597 )

      Gosh.

      "Update may break things"? Er... yep.
      "Someone in charge of server didn't bother to properly account for potential downtime for an upgrade, didn't keep the old kernels around for booting into, didn't diagnose past 'it doesn't work', etc.?" Er... nope.

    • No problem, right? Wrong! This kernel also rendered the mouse and keyboard inoperable! My only way back was to boot from a LiveUSB, chroot the server and install an older kernel 3.13.28. The hour-ish of downtime was a huge pain in my ass.

      I'm not sure I understand your problem. I first assumed that you were doing a remote update. However, seeing you were able to fix the problem using a LiveUSB, it appears you do have physical access to the machine. Did you somehow attempt a remote upgrade, and after that fa

  • After more than a year there is still no backport of openjdk8. Looks like I'll have to wait for 16.04.
    • There is, you need to grab the Java 8 PPA explicitly, and then install java 8. It's not in the default repos because I suspect that cannot guarantee perfect backwards compatibility, and ubuntu releases are meant to be stable.

      • by KGIII ( 973947 )

        As near as I know (and I kinda communicate with a few of the folks who maintain things) that is the exact reason.

        I seldom understand those types of complaints. I picked an official Ubuntu flavor exactly for this type of thing - the opposite of their claim. I picked it for the breadth of the ecosystem and the ease associated with that. You can often find exactly what you want and not even have to compile it yourself or anything like that.

  • I have several Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS using the Ubuntu Server distribution. I did an update and tried to do a dist-upgrade / upgrade on a test one and there's nothing to install. Is there a lag until the server distro is updated?
    • Never mind; figured it out. I just needed to run "sudo apt-get install linux-generic-lts-wily" to grab the kernel.
  • by AndyCanfield ( 700565 ) <<moc.xednay> <ta> <dleifnacydna>> on Friday February 19, 2016 @12:27AM (#51539531) Homepage
    I will update to 16.04 LTS when it comes out. When? WHEN?????
    • Re:16.04? (Score:5, Funny)

      by somenickname ( 1270442 ) on Friday February 19, 2016 @12:36AM (#51539557)

      My guess would be the fourth month of 2016...

      • My guess would be the fourth month of 2016...

        A prototype / preliminary / pilot version is already up. When was the official 14.04 version posted? 2014/04/01? 2014/04/30? Or maybe 2016/02/19? When do we trust our servers to a '16.04' binary?

        • I personally wouldn't trust any of my servers on 16.04 until 2017. Let someone else beta test it.

          • We skipped 14.04; we're still running 12.04.
            • I tend to do that. If there's not a pressing need to upgrade, I leave servers on whichever LTS was most current when I installed them. On my cluster, I skipped 12.04 and went straight from 10.04 to 14.04

              On my laptop, I tend to keep current with the LTS releases, since while there's rarely a pressing need to upgrade, there are a lot of small niggles associated with having software that too far from current.

              • I try to always run the same OS version on my laptop as on our server. I apt-get the laptop on Friday and the servers on Sunday, in case there are bugs in the upgrade.
                • by JustNiz ( 692889 )

                  I always test a new release by putting it on all our production servers, then if there are no complaints, I know its good enough for my personal laptop.

  • Why do we need a separate distro for every DE under the sun? What are you hoping to achieve?
    • So you can download only the things that you need for offline installation. On anything connected to the internet, each *buntu is a couple of repos and apts away
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