The Quantal Quetzal takes flight

Quetzal A week today on the 18th October is the release date of Ubuntu 12.10 the Quantal Quetzal. This release was pitched to be all about quality and from my testing I think the quality has improved quite a lot. If you were thinking of trying Ubuntu with the Unity interface then 12.10 is the release to go for, a lot of niggles have been unniggled and sharp edges smoothed over.

As is traditional with Ubuntu releases there will be a party in London where users, enthusiasts and the Canonical release team get together to consume some adult beverages and generally have a fun evening. This release is no exception to the tradition and you are most welcome to join us at the George Inn from about 7ish (or whenever you can). There is an optional sign up sheet with more details, anyone on the list will probably have a name badge waiting for them (this is based on feedback from previous events).

If you want to get your hands on an official Ubuntu 12.10 DVD we are now taking pre-orders for the UK local team allocation just send in an SAE they will probably arrive around the end of the month or early November.

3 Comments

  • Joseph W. Walker says:

    ” If you were thinking of trying Ubuntu with the Unity interface then 12.10 is the release to go for, a lot of niggles have been unniggled and sharp edges smoothed over.”

    Does this mean that we should not upgrade if we prefer the Gnome interface?

    • Alan Bell says:

      The trouble with that question is that Unity is a Gnome interface, as is Gnome panel, as is Gnome shell as is Unity 2d. If you prefer Gnome Shell then probably upgrade to Quantal, although it is not going to be quite the Gnome Shell that the Gnome developers wanted you to experience (there will be two online account systems for a start because Gnome wanted to go with one that is less secure and supports fewer online services). In fact if you like Gnome Shell then I suspect 13.04 is going to be when that gets more ready. If you prefer Gnome Panel then you can upgrade, but there is a less compelling reason to leave the 5 year long term support 12.04. If you like Unity it is worth leaving the LTS. If you like Unity 2d then don’t upgrade.

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