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.

Quetzal
Flickr: Frank Vassen

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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4 replies on “Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal coming in October”

  1. Not all Ubuntu family is going to be LTS this time around.
    Lubuntu still on 6 month, do not want to be bogged down supporting a 3 or 5 year program right now.  However, with LXDE, you get improvements that make sense every 6 months, so having the LTS with LXDE (Lubuntu) is not a big deal.   LXDE is great, is fast and uses very little RAM, resources, etc.   Can’t wait to download new version in a few days.  Will burn on Flashdisk as a live USB flash to run at first, then to install from there on other machines.

    1. Need How-to install Lubuntu 12-04 to Archos 80 G9 selling at around $199 on sale now in places.  The unit might have problems with ICS update logging into WPA2 wireless routers.

      The G9 ICS turbo version with faster processor, and sold with ICS on it out of the box, should be better.  The older G9 sold with 3.2 should sell for $150 to be “desirable” for hacking and putting Lubuntu on.   With 512MB Ram the old version should be ok with LXDE (Lubuntu), or the netbook version with touchscreen.

  2. The quetzal is also the unit of currency in Guatemala, named after the national bird.

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