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Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal Out Now; Raring Ringtail In the Works 318

Posted by timothy
from the that-alphabet-song-really-gets-in-your-head dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The six month cycle that Canonical adheres to for Ubuntu releases has come around again today. Ubuntu 12.10 'Quantal Quetzal' has been released. There's a whole range of new features and updates, but here are the most important: WebApps — treats online services as if they are desktop apps (Gmail, Twitter, Facebook); Online Services — control logins to all your services from a single window and get them integrated into search results (e.g. GDocs for file searches); Dash Preview — right click any icon, get a detailed preview of what it is; Linux kernel 3.5.4; GNOME 3.6; Nautilus 3.4; latest Unity; No more Unity 2D, fallback is the Gallium llvmpipe software rasterizer; Default apps updated (Firefox 16.01, Thunderbird 16.01, LibreOffice 3.6.2, Totem, Shotwell, Rythmbox); Full disc encryption available during install; Single, 800MB distribution for all architectures." It's now available for download. The next version, due in six months' time, will be called Raring Ringtail.
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Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal Out Now; Raring Ringtail In the Works

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  • I tried the preview (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 18, 2012 @02:26PM (#41696249)

    But really found the integration with webservices annoying. Switched back to Debian and I'm happy with that.

  • Re:lamest name ever (Score:4, Interesting)

    by X0563511 (793323) on Thursday October 18, 2012 @02:29PM (#41696331) Homepage Journal

    WebApps — treats online services as if they are desktop apps (Gmail, Twitter, Facebook)

    Do. Not. Want.

    Online Services — control logins to all your services from a single window and get them integrated into search results

    Do. Not. Want.

    Dash Preview — right click any icon, get a detailed preview of what it is

    Why? Should this not be the job of the file manager? Doesn't it already do this?

    Full disc encryption available during install

    You win some points here. Good! You can finally do this without using the debian-installer alternative.

  • Re:lamest name ever (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 18, 2012 @02:58PM (#41696805)

    Most of them are campy but not ridiculous. Quantal? Really? Not only is that silly sounding, but it doesn't even follow along the kind of names they have been using.

    I don't even know why anyone bothers with cutesy code names. All it does is exist as useless thing to remember, a way to alienate users ("Quantal what? Lenny who?"), and is more ambiguous than just a version number, even an inflated one like Firefox (what are we, at version 256.0.1?)

    Maybe it's just supposed to be a fun way to pretend the work is more important than it is. Well, guess what, it's important anyway, no need to fluff it up.

    (yes, I'm no fun at parties, either)

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 18, 2012 @03:00PM (#41696829)

    what do real nerds run? i was running fedora but it didnt support my logitech keyboard properly.

    i reinstalled ubuntu for their software center, which reminds me of coolgames.

  • by wierd_w (1375923) on Thursday October 18, 2012 @03:02PM (#41696861)

    I recently to a spin on the PPC linux road, after aquiring a free, used PPC platform from a friend.

    Dropped on Ubuntu PPC. Completely unusuable with the Unity UI, because it gobbled down resources like an amphetmine junky. I am talking, unusably slow here. Like click the mouse and wait 10 seconds slow.

    Boot to a root console, nuke unity, and install gnome 2. Oh, what a releif it was!

    I'm sorry, but I am of the opinion that software should be be written to take as little horsepower way from user applications as is inherently possible, while retaining reliability and quality.

    Unity seems to operate under the premise of "resources are abundant ad cheap, and I can squander them like mad all I want and get away with it. It's revolutionary!"

  • by jones_supa (887896) on Thursday October 18, 2012 @03:19PM (#41697085)
    Maybe I'm a wide-eyed optimist, but I see a lot of potential in Ubuntu to bring desktop Linux to a whole new level.
  • Please consider Mint (Score:4, Interesting)

    by interval1066 (668936) on Thursday October 18, 2012 @03:20PM (#41697101) Homepage Journal
    Mint Maya with XFCE is out, and simply useable. 'nuff said.
  • by LVSlushdat (854194) on Thursday October 18, 2012 @04:56PM (#41698409)

    Thanks, but no thanks.. More than happy to stick with 12.04LTS till after 14.04LTS is released.. Been on that schedule since going from 6.06 to 8.04.. I usually wait till at least the .1 update on each LTS before I migrate to it, as I have better things to do then upgrade every damn six months... When Canonical announced that Unity was going to be the default WM in 12.04, and after I tried it out for a couple of weeks and damned near tore my hair out by the roots, I began looking for a replacement for my soon-to-be-EX-favorite distro.. Fortuantly I found Cinnamon, and with it installed on Ubuntu 12.04, it makes Ubuntu usable again, and its again my favorite distro.. Sure hope the Unity fiasco is a one-time burst of insanity and not a precursor of more insanity at Canonical/Ubuntu...

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