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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS – Precise Pangolin

We’re pleased to announce the immediate availability of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (release notes) for deployment in the Linode Manager. This is a long-term support (LTS) release by Canonical, which means the operating system will receive support until April of 2017. For help deploying a distribution in the Linode Manager, you can reference our documentation in the Linode Library for deploying a Linux distribution.

There is currently an outstanding bug in the Upstart package that may cause startup job logging to fail during boot, printing errors on your Lish console. Upstart assumes “/dev/pts” will be made available via an initrd before it runs, which doesn’t happen in our (and other) environments. Job logging being disabled during boot should not cause any issues. There is an open bug on Launchpad where you can find a more in-depth explanation about the issue, as well as be notified when a fix has been released.



Comments (26)

  1. Kyle

    First, thanks heckman!

  2. Jeremy

    I love you guys 🙂

  3. Mark G

    Thank you! I was just asking about this.

  4. Paul

    Wow, that was fast! Thank you. 🙂

  5. rv65

    How do you fix the upstart bug?

    • heckman

      rv65: When an update is released to the Upstart package, you can get it by installing updates using the package manager in your Linode (“apt-get”).


  6. Josh Hollywood

    Nice! Thanks for being so fast, y’all. I know I’m supposed to be more prudent upgrading my server. Yeah, right. That’s what backups are for!

  7. rv65

    So, do you use the 3.0 or 3.2 kernel with Precise (12.04)?

    • heckman

      rv65: You can see the latest kernels available for use here.

  8. Katyl

    As a customer who recently migrated from another provider. Aloe me to sincerely thank you for the prompt release. Ubuntu may not be my distribution of choice but the prompt availability of newer versions across the board will secure my business for a long time.

  9. Anonymous

    Can we have a 3.3 kernel now?

  10. rv65

    Did the update and I did get the error, but it now works since I changed the kernel to 3.2.

  11. ShaolinTiger

    You guys rock! Been looking forward to this for ages so I can get php-fpm in the main repo and not from a PPA!

    Any reason it’s not labelled as 12.04 LTS in the deployer tho? For some reason that annoys me.

  12. Benjamin Kerensa

    For those who will be upgrading manually please be sure to use our official instructions within the Release Notes:

    Ubuntu Wiki :: Precise Release Notes: Upgrade from 10.04 to 12.04

    Thanks Linode for getting this out quick.

  13. Tristan

    So quick! Just like everything else (server, support, updates, etc.)

  14. Rendra

    An interesting configuration script Ubuntu 12.04:

  15. Jason Y

    So, can anyone walk me through this Upstart bug in “Captain Dummy talk” as Malcolm Reynolds might say? I don’t even see where in recovery mode I get a chance to input. Just runs until I get the “failed to create pty” message and hangs.

  16. Greg O

    It doesn’t seem like there’s a lot of movement on this bug unfortunately.

  17. Philip Tellis

    Hey thanks for this guys. One request though, could you remove the `whoopsie` package from this distro? It really really shouldn’t be installed on a server.

    • heckman

      @Philip: When building the distributions we do our best to keep them as close to the supplied configuration as possible. There are some changes that need to be made to allow the OS to work properly in our environment, however.

      In this case, the ‘Whoopsie’ package is installed as part of the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS server image even on a bare-metal system. When updating the image for Ubuntu 12.04.1 (when it is released in August), we’ll look in to the pros and cons of removing ‘Whoopsie’ (thus deviating further from vanilla Ubuntu).

  18. Ricardo N Feliciano

    With Ubuntu 12.04.1 scheduled to be released on August 23, would it be possible to have a LAMP install guide for Ubuntu 12.04? The furthest we currently have is 11.10.


  19. Herschel Bayardo

    Thanks for the info Ubuntu 12.04 rocks! 🙂

  20. Joe

    For those of you following this, the bug mentioned is fixed, and scheduled for .2 on 1/31/13.

  21. Ricardo N Feliciano

    .2 release? That sucks.

    Any news of 12.04.1 being an OS option?

  22. heckman

    Ricardo: deploying 12.04 LTS and running ‘apt-get update && apt-get upgrade -y’ will get you 12.04.1.

  23. Ricardo N Feliciano

    I’m aware. Just was hoping to be able to start with all the upgrades in place. Or even with the upstart bugfix merged in already :/

    Anyways thanks.

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