Archive for September 27th, 2012

Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal) Beta 2 Now Available

Ubuntu 12.10 has just been released. Here are some highlights:

The Nautilus file manager is being kept at 3.4.  The GNOME developers decided to trim down the latest Nautilus version, 3.6, to the point where it no longer provides features thought to be essential to Ubuntu.

Some online search results have been added to the Unity 6.6 dash.  Entries in the dash search bar now lead to a “More Suggestions” category which may include results from Amazon and Ubuntu One.  Canonical’s reason for adding search results from Amazon is that any Amazon purchases made through Ubuntu’s servers yield a small percentage to Canonical, helping to further their development of Ubuntu.

If you are running Precise – 12.04 – the easiest way to upgrade is to press the keys Alt and F2, and then enter “update-manager -d” (without the quotes).  Update Manager will then alert you that the new release 12.10 is available.  From there, you just need to click on Upgrade and follow the on-screen directions.

Quantal is also available for download.

Steam Beta Testing Imminent

Valve has announced on the company’s Linux blog that internal beta testing for their Steam client for Linux will be starting next week. There will also be a private external beta test for 1,000 users some time in October.

The private external beta will include Steam and one Valve game. Support will be limited to Ubuntu 12.04 and above.

Valve will be using a sign-up page for the external beta.


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