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Ubuntu to release LTS version in India tomorrow

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Operating system Ubuntu is set to release another Long Term Support (LTS) version Ubuntu 14.04 in tomorrow.

"In April 2012, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS was launched and it is slated to release another LTS version Ubuntu 14.04 globally, including on April 17," Canonical Asia-Pacific Regional Manager Prakash Advani told PTI here.

Canonical offers LTS versions every 2 years, which are supported for a period of 5 years from the time of release in terms of updates and patches. However, the users also have an option to upgrade to newer versions without any cost.

Canonical is the leading provider of services for Ubuntu deployments in and abroad.

PC shipments worldwide are expected to increase in the coming days, especially in the light of Windows XP going its "end-of-life" as per the recent reports. Globally, nearly one-third of PCs still run on Windows XP.

However, India has witnessed an interesting trend in the "operating system space" where one Linux-based Operating System (OS) is riding a wave of success. Ubuntu, a Linux-based OS from Canonical, has shown robust growth in India in the last two years, Advani said.

As per the company estimates, Ubuntu is currently shipping on more than 20 per cent of PC shipments in India.

"We have had a terrific demand for Ubuntu deployments in India from various corporates, state governments, students and educational institutions etc. In the recent years. India is among the top three markets for us globally," Advani said.

Globally PC shipments have stood at over 76 million PCs in the Q1 of 2014 as per a recent Gartner report. In India, the PC shipments stand over 10 million every year as per the industry estimates.

First Published: Wed, April 16 2014. 21:24 IST