Work never stops in the Linux world, however, and on Thursday Canonical unveiled the first alpha version of Precise Pangolin's successor: Ubuntu 12.10, or “Quantal Quetzal.”
The software is a very early pre-release, of course, and definitely not intended for production purposes. Still, it offers a compelling early peek at what's to come in the next version of Canonical's popular free and open source Linux distribution.
Want to check it out? It's available as a free download on the Ubuntu site. Here are a few highlights of what you'll find.
1. Linux Kernel 3.4
Also new with Ubuntu 12.10 is that the CD and DVD Ubuntu desktop images have been consolidated into a single 800MB image usable on either USB or DVD, according to the technical overview of the Alpha 1 software.
3. A New Look for Update Manager.
Not much detail has been provided about this so far, but Ubuntu Linux 12.10 will feature “a slightly new look” for its Update Manager, the overview notes intriguingly. “More to come in the future,” the developers add.
4. GNOME Updates.
5. Firefox and Thunderbird.
Also included in Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 1 are the newly released Firefox 13 and Thunderbird 13.
6. No More Migration Assistant.
Because of the many bug reports that have been associated with it, the installer in Ubuntu 12.10 no longer offers the migration assistant that used to help migrate documents and settings from other operating systems. “The installer team felt that it was not worth the resources to bring it up to a level of quality sufficient to continue including it,” the developers explain.
7. GCC 4.7
Whereas Ubuntu 12.04 LTS included version 4.6 of GCC, or the GNU Compiler Collection, Quantal Quetzal's Alpha 1 upgrades that to version 4.7.
8. Python 3.0
Two more alpha versions of Ubuntu Linux 12.10 are expected to arrive before the debut of the beta version in September, according to the software's release schedule. The final release is expected on Oct. 18, with support through April 2014.
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