Archive for July, 2012

Quantal Alpha 3 Ready for Download

The third alpha release in the development cycle for Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) is ready for download.

Quantal Alpha-3 includes the Ubuntu kernel, which was based on the v3.5 upstream Linux kernel.   Other updated packages include LibreOffice 3.6.2 RC, Firefox 15 Beta, and GNOME 3.5.4.

To upgrade from Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise) on a desktop system, press Alt + F2 and type “update-manager -d” (without the quotes) into the command box.  Update Manger should open up and tell you, New distribution ‘12.10’ is available.  Then you just need to click Upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions.
Download the Alpha 3

This release is for developers only. The Ubuntu Desktop images are now bigger than a standard CD, and you should use a USB for installation.

You can download Alpha 3 ISOs from: (Ubuntu Desktop and Server) (Ubuntu Cloud Server) Netboot) (Ubuntu Core) (Kubuntu) (Lubuntu) (Edubuntu DVD) (Ubuntu Studio) (Xubuntu)

Steam’d Linux

Valve has formally announced in the first post on its Linux blog that it plans to bring its Steam game distribution service to Linux. The company is also working to port its Source game engine and the 2009 game Left 4 Dead 2. The software will be available at launch on Ubuntu 12.04, Precise Pangolin.

Valve is focusing on Ubuntu at this time because 1) they are just starting development, and working with a single distribution is “critical”; and 2) Ubuntu is popular among gamers and developers. Based on the success of their Ubuntu deployment, they will consider other distributions in the future.

Valve is also focusing on porting other Valve titles to Linux.


July 2012

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