The first beta release of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, codenamed Precise Pangolin, has been released. The final version of Ubuntu 12.04 is expected to be released sometime in April 2012.  If you are interested to check it out quickly and without fuss, test it out in a XenClient virtual machine and see what all the excitement is all about. Currently, Ubuntu 12.04 is not officially supported with XenClient 2.1 but you can get it up and running and play around with it

Screenshot of Ubuntu 12.04 Beta 1 with HUD interface running on Citrix XenClient 2.1

Ubuntu 12.04 sports some interesting new features. One of interest is the HUD, a new search-driven user interface for quick access to any desktop applications and settings (See video that shows how HUD works). By tapping on the ALT key and entering some search terms, HUD will start to show some corresponding entries, including some fuzzy matching. It appears HUD will learn from your previous entries and improves your search as time progresses. I am eager to see how this new approach works for an OS’ user interface.

To set up Ubuntu 12.04 Beta 1 in a virtual machine using XenClient, follow these steps:

  • Download Ubuntu 12.04 Beta 1 as ISO image. You can use the ISO image directly or burn to a CD first for the CD installation option.
  • In the XenClient user interface, choose the “Add VM > Install from Disc” option
  • In the “Create from Install Disc” wizard, in the “Name & Type” step, choose the “Ubuntu 11.04 32bit (Experimental)” as “Type”
  • Complete remaining steps in the wizard. Start up the Ubuntu 12.04 virtual computer that you have just created.

Note: Install of the XenClient Tools are not currently supported and may not work properly. If there are any errors in Ubuntu regarding “Checking Disk for Errors”, enter “Ignore” or “Cancel” to proceed.

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