Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS rolls together all of the app updates, bug fixes and security patches released to Trusty Tahr since the previous point release.
The new disc image reduces the number of post-installation updates that users need to download after install.
The Point of Point Releases in 3 Bullet Points:
- Improve support for selected (and newer) hardware
- Roll in stable updates to reduce download requirements on fresh install
- Maintain stability
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is supported until mid-2019 on desktop, server and core.
See our Ubuntu 14.04 LTS review for more details on the core features of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.
New Hardware Enablement Stack
Ubuntu 14.04.4 also includes an updated hardware enablement stack (HWE). This comprises of the Linux Kernel 4.2 and an updated X11 stack from Ubuntu 15.10 ‘Wily Werewolf’.
LTS users who installed from either the 14.04 or 14.04.1 disc images will need to manually opt-in to receive the new hardware enablement stack. This wiki post has full details on how to opt-in.
Among other notable app updates and fixes to ship in this re-spin:
- A new version of oxide-qt, the engine powering the Ubuntu browser app
- MTP support for the Bq Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition smartphone
- Updated Facebook sharing key for Shotwell photo manager
- Improved keyboard navigation in Unity Dash
- Create desktop app shortcuts by dragging app icons off the Dash and on to the desktop
An exhaustive list of the changes, fixes and improvements rolled in can be found in the official release notes for this release.
Download Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS
A reminder that if you’re already running Ubuntu 14.04 you do not need to ‘do’ anything to get 14.04.4. It you’ve been installing updates to it since October, you’re already running it!
Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS releases are also available for Lubuntu, Kubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, and more.
If you’re having a hard time remembering the Trusty Tahr this release video from 2014 should bring you back up to speed.
H/t Rael G. Cunha