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Here's some great news for all you hardcore Ubuntu fans out there. According to reports, Canonical is releasing Ubuntu 14.04, which is basically a Long Term Support (LTS) edition for desktops and servers, alongside an update to the versions of Ubuntu for phones and tablets.
14.04 LTS is basically a reliable, secure and intuitive release for enterprises, government and education. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is also a cost-effective replacement for Windows XP or Windows 7 end of life.
"The 14.04 LTS release offers a solid, intuitive experience which is easy to manage," said Jane Silber, CEO at Canonical. "It is a viable and affordable alternative for those organisations considering a switch from Microsoft, and specifically those replacing XP or Windows 7 as they come to the end of life."
As of now, Ubuntu desktop is being used extensively in enterprise, government, education and other organisations such as French Gendarmerie, Penn Manor School District, Uttar Pradesh government, University of Delhi, and the Government of India.
Also, a number of these organisations have replaced Windows and are realising significant benefits and cost savings that can be attained via Ubuntu.
"For example, the French Gendarmerie has reduced costs by a ratio of 40%, while Penn Manor School District in the US saved over $360,000 in the first year," the post states.
Version 1.0 of Ubuntu for phones came out last October in the 13.10 release, with Ubuntu for tablets hitting version 1.0 with the 14.04 release. This will "form the basis of the first commercially available Ubuntu tablets from Canonical's OEM partners," Canonical said in the press release.
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is already available for download from www.ubuntu.com/download.