Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal was released on October the 18th and is now available for download. At risk of preaching to the converted, Ubuntu is a flavour of Linux, released as a non-commercial Open Source operating system. It is completely free to download and install and offers a fast, free, and secure alternative to Windows or OS X. There’s a good page of instructions for installing Ubuntu at Ubuntu.com.
You can download Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal directly. The Live-CD image can be booted so that you can try Ubuntu in a live session without installing anything. If you don’t like how it looks and feels, don’t install it! The file size is just under a Gigabyte and may take anything from a few minutes to a few hours, depending primarily on your connection speed.
To install Ubuntu, you must first put the installation image onto some form of media; CD, DVD or a USB memory stick. Most computers can boot from both if they have both (your machine may not have an optical disk drive these days, like my Netbook, in which case you’ll be using a USB stick).
USB sticks need to be at least 2GB in size, and be prepared for it to be formatted (everything deleted) so that the Ubuntu installer can be copied onto it. RC
What’s new in Ubuntu 12.10
- Xorg xserver 1.13
- Unity 6.8.0 with appearance and performance improvements
- Linux Kernel 3.5.5
- Notable changes in the design of the themes and icons of the distribution
- Inclusion of new lenses such as the controversial Amazon lens
- New Menu synchronization
- Accessibility is turned on by default.
- Ubuntu Medium font has been included.
- Ubuntu One Music Web Apps
- Signed for use under GRUB2 UEFI with and Secure Boot
- Full disk encryption
- And the updated versions of Open Source applications such as Libre Office, GIMP and Firefox.