Ubuntu 12.10 release date is set for October and first Alpha version is available for download with few noticeable improvements.
Ubuntu is the most popular open source OS and it is used by millions of people around the world. Ubuntu takes around 1-1.5% of the entire desktop OS market share and it shows positive growth due to the fact that ASUS, Dell, HP, and Lenova have started to sell Ubuntu powered laptops.
It has been a few months since Ubuntu 12.04 was released back in Aprill, along with many great features and design changed. While I think it still feels fresh and up to date you can already download next version. Ubuntu has very fast development cycle and its next version, Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 1 is available for download and testing.
Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal is scheduled to be released in October, but you can check its new features already by downloading the Ubuntu 12.10 alpha 1 today [download link]. It’s been around 2 months since the Ubuntu 12.04 was released so not much is changed in Alpha 1 but there are some improvements. The most important one is that Linux Kernel 3.4 [Changelog] has been incorporated into Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 1 along with improved driver support for several popular graphic cards.
In first Alpha version, the default web browser has been updated to Firefox 13 which brings many long awaited features like redesigned home page and new tab experience. This version brings Thunderbird 14 to the scene along with slightly redesigned Ubuntu update manager.
There could be many other changes included in Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 1 that are not yet exposed so you can download it to find out more.
Ubuntu team has officially confirmed Ubuntu 12.10 release date and development schedule (I will keep tis list updated with latest information and download links):
- Alpha 1 – June 7th [download link]
- Alpha 2 – June 28th [download link]
- Alpha 3 – August 2nd
- Beta 1 – September 6th
- Beta 2 – September 27th
- Ubuntu 12.10 – October 18th
Update 1: Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 2 now available and here is what’s new