In just a few weeks after a previous version called Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin arrived, a new alpha build of Ubuntu has been made available. The new version is called Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal and it is slated to come out in the fall this year. However, for those who want a preview of the new features, the software is now ready for download at the Ubuntu website.
There are plenty of new features on the new software, including the addition of Linux Kernel 3.4, which was only released last month. Linux Kernel 3.4 provides a security module, and offers support for some new graphics cards. It also includes Btrfs updates. Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal moreover includes a consolidation of Ubuntu desktop images into a single file that only amounts to 800 MB. This singular image may be used on a USB thumb drive or a DVD. The appearance of the Update Manager has also been redesigned, although not much is known regarding the enhancement. The desktop environment GNOME has received slight updates, as well, although the version remains to be 3.4. Linux has furthermore replaced the browser with Firefox 13, and included Thunderbird 13 for email services.
To balance the additions, Linux deleted the migration assistant, which was formerly available in transferring setting and files from other operating systems. Migration Assistant was believed to be causing some issues, which led to its removal from Ubuntu 12.10. Still another update is the upgrade of GNU Compiler Collection to version 4.7 from the previous version 4.6 on Ubuntu 12.04. Lastly Python 3.0 will be included in the Ubuntu 12.10 package.
This pre-release version of Quantal Quetzal will be followed by at least two more succeeding alpha versions that will allow for the testing of the software for bugs. Its beta version will be released in September, while the final version will be available on October. Linux will be offering support for the final version until April 2014.