Ubuntu 12.10 Has Been Released

Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) has been released and is ready for download.  There is now no longer the traditional CD, DVD or alternate image, but a single 800 MB Ubuntu image to be used from USB or DVD.  

The release notes for Quantal list many new features, including:

Update Manager has been streamlined and renamed Software Updater.  It now checks for updates when launched.  (The release portion of Update Manager is now in its own package – ubuntu-release-upgrader.)

The new WebApps feature enables users to run on-line applications such as Facebook Twitter and Gmail directly from the desktop.  This works much faster and reduces the proliferation of browser tabs and windows.

UEFI Secure Boot is now supported.  It is a standard for keeping malware from getting control of a computer during boot time.  This means that Ubuntu will still “just work” on new hardware.

From Ubuntu 12.04, of course, you can still press Alt + F2, type in “update-manager -d” without the quotes, and click on Upgrade.

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