Few months ago Linux community received Ubuntu 12.04 LTS “Precise Pangolin”, which was a major release because it is a Long Term Support release that offers support for 5 full years. We have already seen Dell, ASUS and Lenova to use this operating system for commercial products and I guess more laptops are in the works.
Development for the Ubuntu and Linux in general never stops and recently Canonical unveiled the first alpha version of Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal. It is only few months since the previous version was released but Alpha 1 version has many new features. This is early version and may contain bugs and errors so it’s not recommended to upgrade unless you really know what you are doing. If you still decided to download and test this version you can get it from Ubuntu website.
I downloaded Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal right after it was released and here are things I found:
1. Linux Kernel 3.4
Linux creator Linus Torvalds thousands of collaborators recently released Linux Kernel 3.4 and now it’s been incorporated into Ubuntu 12.10. Main improvements in Linux Kernel 3.4 are driver support for many new graphic cards, new security module and improved Btrfs file system. Btrfs file system now has a new repair and data recovery tool as well as various performance improvements and improved error handling in case something goes wrong..
2. Compact size
Ubuntu 12.10 is reduced in size and is now consolidated into a single 800MB image for usage on either DVD or USB drive. It’s not a big deal but still a nice improvement.
3. Redesigned Update Manager
Update Manager on Ubuntu 12.10 will get a slightly new look but right now we are seeing only tiny changes but developers promises that we will see more changes over the next Alpha and Beta versions.
4. GNOME Updates
Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 1 features GNOME 3.5 it’s expected that GNOME 3.6 will be included in the final version of Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal.
5. Updated Firefox and Thunderbird
Newly released Firefox 13 and Thunderbird 13 are already included in Ubuntu 12.10
6. No More Migration Assistant
Migration Assistant that used to help migrate documents and for other operating systems is removed from Ubuntu 12.10. The reason for this is many errors and bug reports associated with it. Developers have decided to no longer develop this function unless they find a better alternative.
7. GCC 4.7
GNU Compiler Collection is upgraded to 4.7 from version 4.6 which is present in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. More about changes in GCC 4.7 you can find here.
8. Python 3.0
Ubuntu 12.10 desktop image by default will ship with Python 3.0. There are still many packages left to port to Python 3.0 but the process has begun with an Alpha 1 release. Python 2 will still be present in the foreseeable future.
Next Alpha version will be released next week and there will be 4 more Alpha and Beta version before the final versions of Ubuntu 12.10 will be released on October 18.
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