Ubuntu Linux 12.10 ‘Quantal Quetzal’ Alpha 1 – New features

Here are a few highlights of what you’ll find.

1. Linux Kernel 3.4: Linux creator Linus Torvalds released version 3.4 of the Linux kernel last month, and it’s now been incorporated into Ubuntu 12.10. Particularly notable highlights of the new Linux 3.4 are driver support for several new graphics cards as well as a new security module and key updates to the Btrfs file system.

2. Single 800MB image: Also new with Ubuntu 12.10 is that the CD and DVD Ubuntu desktop images have been consolidated into a single 800MB image usable on either USB or DVD, according to the technical overview of the Alpha 1 software.

3. New look for update manager: Not much detail has been provided about this so far, but Ubuntu Linux 12.10 will feature “a slightly new look” for its Update Manager, the overview notes intriguingly. “More to come in the future,” the developers add.