Few hours ago Ubuntu developers’ blog announced the official availability of Ubuntu 12.10 (code named: ‘Quantal Quetzal’) Beta 1. Because this is the ‘beta’ version (more closer to the official release date), unlike with the previous ‘alpha’ releases’ this one comes with few noticeable changes.
The Unity desktop has been updated to 6.4 version and introduces the ‘Dash previews’ and ‘Coverflow view’ features, the desktop is migrating from Python 2 to Python 3 (programming language), up-to-date ‘X.org’ libraries (including new device driver versions etc), as most knows by now the update manager is renamed to ‘Software updater’ … are some of the new features to mention.
Now other Ubuntu derivatives such as Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Edubuntu, Ubuntu Studio etc have also reached the beta stage except the Xubuntu (which brings the Xfce desktop version of Ubuntu). According to the Xubuntu blog post …
Currently we’re working to get the image to fit on a single CD, fix up some visual regressions and there are a few outstanding bugs that we really want to tackle. We putting all our effort into getting this all completed so we can have have a great Beta 2 release!
So if you’re a Xubuntu user then there’s no need to panic 😉 (kidding).
If you want to know more about the changes and links to the download disc images, then please visit this page.