Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) released!

Kate Stewart kate.stewart at ubuntu.com
Thu Oct 18 17:15:29 UTC 2012

  “Doing is a quantum leap from imagining. Thinking about swimming
   isn't much like actually getting in the water. Actually getting 
   in the water can take your breath away. The defense force inside 
   of us wants us to be cautious, to stay away from anything as 
   intense as a new kind of action. Its job is to protect us, and 
   it categorically avoids anything resembling danger. But it's 
   often wrong. Anything worth doing is worth doing too soon.”
       -  Barbara Sher

With this release, the development teams decided to dive in and focus on
introducing some of the new innovations we’ve been imagining for
the upcoming LTS cycle, and so are very pleased to be able to announce
the release of Ubuntu 12.10 for Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core

Codenamed "Quantal Quetzal", 12.10 continues Ubuntu's proud tradition
of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a
high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution.

Ubuntu 12.10 introduces innovations that bring together desktop and
cloud-based experiences, representing the next stage in the transition
to a multi-device, cloud-based world.  New Previews give large, clear
previews of content as it appears in the Dash search results, giving
users a quick way to get more information to help find what they are
looking for.  The new Web Apps feature makes frequently used web
applications available through the desktop.  A new remote log-in 
option now lets Ubuntu 12.10 be used as a thin client by businesses 
that want to virtualise their desktop applications and deliver them 
to users over the network.

Ubuntu Server 12.10 includes the Folsom release of OpenStack, 
alongside deployment and management tools that save devops teams 
time when deploying distributed applications - whether on private
clouds, public clouds, x86 or ARM servers, or on developer laptops.
Cloud builders now have access to two major new components: Cinder, 
for block storage and Quantum, a virtual networking API.  Ubuntu’s
Metal-as-a-Service (MAAS) bare-metal provisioning tool has been 
updated and now supports Calxeda hyperscale hardware based on ARM, 
so users can now quickly deploy services directly to bare-metal
clusters, whether they’re built on legacy hardware, new 
Ivy Bridge-based machines or the new ARM-based hardware.  

The Ubuntu desktop images have been consolidated to a single 
improved image with a size of 800MB.  This desktop image folds in 
the advanced partitioning options from the alternate installer 
(removing the need for alternate and DVD images) and introduces 
support for UEFI Secure Boot technology.  The Ubuntu Server image
remains as a CD sized image, but installs the base system from a
squashfs image for improved performance.

Read more about the new features of Ubuntu 12.10 in the following
press releases:


Maintenance updates will be provided for Ubuntu 12.10 for 18 months,
through April 2014.

Thanks to the efforts of the global translation community, Ubuntu
is now available in 42 languages.  For a list of available languages
and detailed translation statistics for these and other languages, see:


The newest Kubuntu 12.10, Edubuntu 12.10, Xubuntu 12.10, Lubuntu 12.10
and Ubuntu Studio 12.10 are also being released today.  More details can
be found in their announcements:

   Kubuntu: http://kubuntu.org/news/12.10-release
   Xubuntu: http://xubuntu.org/news/12-10-release
   Edubuntu http://edubuntu.org/news/12.10-release
   Lubuntu: http://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/Announcement/12.10
   Ubuntu Studio:https://wiki.ubuntu.com/QuantalQuetzal/ReleaseNotes/UbuntuStudio

To get Ubuntu 12.10

In order to download Ubuntu 12.10, visit:


Users of Ubuntu 12.04 will be offered an automatic upgrade to 12.10
via Update Manager. For further information about upgrading, see:


As always, upgrades to the latest version of Ubuntu are entirely free 
of charge.

We recommend that all users read the release notes, which document
caveats, workarounds for known issues, as well as more in-depth notes 
on the releaseitself. They are available at:


Find out what's new in this release with a graphical overview:


If you have a question, or if you think you may have found a bug
but aren't sure, you can try asking in any of the following places:

   #ubuntu on irc.freenode.net

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On behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team,
Kate Stewart

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