The upcoming Ubuntu 12.10 is gonna be another pretty interesting release. It’s said to come with a refreshed theme, Kernel 3.5 (brings hardware related improvements to the ARM architecture, enhanced support for Intel GPUs, ‘Btrfs’ file system optimizations etc), ‘Quantum’ (a networking protocol for the Cloud computing model) or more emphasis on integrating the Cloud computing relate features into the OS etc.
Also because the 12.10 (code named ‘Quantal Quetzal’) is not a LTS release, as usual, we may see some ‘aggressive’ implementations (like including the latest version of GCC which improves performance and more up-to date versions of other software packages etc) too. Anyway, few hours ago, the official Ubuntu developer’s blog announced the immediate availability of Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 2 which is scheduled to be released on 18th October 2012.
It comes with the Kernel 3.5 RC 4, Gnome Shell 3.6, KDE 4.9 Beta 2, Firefox 14 Beta 2, new drivers for ATI GPUs, Xfce 4.10, LibreOffice is replace with Calligra in Kubuntu are again few of the new changes to mention.
As you can see, it has a lot of ‘Beta’ software versions ;-), it’s not recommended to be used for other than testing purposes. If interested, please visit this page for getting more information on how to download the disk images. Good luck.