Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 1 now available

It feels like it was just April when Ubuntu 12.04 was released… oh right, because it was. But the folks at Canonical are already working on the next version of one of the world’s most popular Linux-based operating systems. Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal is scheduled to launch in October, but you can download the first Alpha builds today.

Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 1

That said, Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 1 looks an awful lot like Ubuntu 12.04. What did you expect? It’s only been about 6 weeks.

There are a few changes though. The default web browser is Firefox 13. Thunderbird 14 is also available for email management. And Ubuntu now uses the Linux kernel 3.4.

You probably won’t notice many other changes at this point. But eventually Ubuntu 12.10 could get an official GNOME build for folks that hate the Unity desktop environment. Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth has also metioned plans to refresh the visual elements in the operating system including typography and icons.

  • monopole

    I switched to Xubuntu when they forced Unity on us. While the basic concepts behind unity have a degree of merit, the implementation has been at best miserable.

    • Deekshith Allamaneni

      I can understand that you did not use Unity in Ubuntu-12.04. It is actually very productive and much more advanced than any other desktop environment i have used till now. Try it with an open mind… you will feel the power of it.

      • animatio

        then tell me how bloody stupid software and some “it engineers” at canonical will know what’s going on in my mind, because that’s what this unity thing is meant to be about. like the awfully stupid assitants microsoft implementet into office. …. its a hindrance, not a guidance and certainly no gui improvement at all.

      • CyberGusa

        You could just install another desktop, like either KDE or Gnome, and then remove or just disable Unity if it bothers you that much but keep in mind they’ve added more customization options and it may just need tweaking to fit your preferences.

      • No Way

        I tried 12.04 my netbook, it’s ok on that screen size but no way i’ll use it on a larger screen. I always hated the global menu + launcher combo, one of the main reasons i never bought a mac. Go figure if I’ll install one on my working machine.