Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin is due to launch in a couple of days. It’s a long term service release of the popular Linux operating system which means support will be available for several years. But the Ubuntu team is already looking ahead toward the next version of the OS.
Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth has announced that Ubuntu 12.10 will be code-named Quantal Quetzel.
There aren’t many details about the next generation operating system yet, but Shuttleworth does say the team plans to tweak the visuals including the typography and iconography.
Canonical releases a new version of Ubuntu every six months, and Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal is scheduled to launch on October 18th. But testers can usually get their hands on pre-release builds much earlier. Ubuntu 12.10 will be no different. The first alpha release is scheduled for June 7th.
The tentative schedule for the rest of the pre-release builds is:
- Jun 28th – Alpha 2
- Aug 3rd – Alpha 3
- Sept 6th – Beta 1
- Sept 27th – Beta 2
By the way, if you’re wondering what a Quetzal is, it’s a large tropical bird with a red chest and a green head and wings.
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