The beta 1 of upcoming Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal has been released. The main noticing factor in latest Ubuntu is Canonical’s focus on Unity Desktop which will be improved dramatically in this release. Lets check out what’s new in Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal.
May be it won’t interest many of geeky Linux dudes but for every new release of any Operating System the first thing I see is its wallpapers. Ubuntu 12.10 wallpapers are elegant, it is better than what we saw in previous releases. What do you think?
Messaging Indicator Icons
The messaging indicator icons are now improved they show Available, Away, Busy, Offline, Mixed and Offline respectively.
The biggest change you will notice is the removal of Unity 2D. Now if your system have less graphic power than your CPU will render Unity 3D. This may be problem for some old machines. It will help standardizing the Unity experience and will give developers more time to concentrate on other important issues. But in my point of view older machines should use Lubuntu or Xubuntu as they are much lighter and efficient when compared to standard version of Ubuntu.
With Unity Previews when you are in Unity lens you can preview any application or file by just right clicking it. It will give content tailored preview of application or file.
Ubuntu Login Screen / Unity Greeter Tweaks
User name font is reduced, selected session box is more towards left and have rounded corners which are now softer towards edges.
Ubuntu Online Accounts
The Ubuntu Online Accounts settings pane will ease your life by centralizing the online accounts in one place. The apps like Gwibber, Thunderbird, Shotwell & Empathy will login to your accounts via accounts stored in Ubuntu Online Accounts.
Unity Photo Lens
This lens allows you to search photos via name, tag or EXIF data. It allows you to filter your search and preview photos in Unity Previews.
More Changes to come in Final Ubuntu 12.10
The current feature set is not complete yet, more changes yet to come in Ubuntu 12.10 includes following:
- A new ‘Sync’ indicator for Ubuntu One, Dropbox and others
- Web App integration
- Remote Session Login from the Unity Greeter
Download Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal Beta 1
It is not recommended to use Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 1 on your primary production machine.