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.

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4 Responses to “Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal) Beta 2 Now Available”


  1. 1 reformedmusings September 29, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    I probably need to play with this beta in a VM this weekend. It’s getting time to become serious. Have you found beta 2 to be pretty stable?

  2. 2 ubuntulady September 29, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    I have found beta 2 to be stable enough to use. My only problem has been that I cannot reinstall using the iso. I presume this is something they will fix before the final release. 🙂

  3. 3 reformedmusings September 29, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Thanks! I’ll give it a shot tomorrow. Odd about not being able to reinstall from the iso.

  4. 4 ubuntulady September 29, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    I hope it works as well or better for you as it has for me. Good luck!


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