Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 2 Brings an Improved Unity

It is now powered by Linux kernel 3.5.4 and GNOME 3.6

Canonical announced today, September 27th, that the second and last Beta version of the upcoming Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) operating system is now available for download.

As usual, we've grabbed a copy of it in order to keep you up-to-date with the latest changes in the Ubuntu 12.10 development.

What's new in Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 2? Well, the second Beta release of Ubuntu 12.10 is now powered by the Linux kernel 3.5.0-15.23 packages, based on the stable Linux 3.5.4 kernel upstream release, and the GNOME 3.6 desktop environment, which brings many nice features.

"With Ubuntu 12.10, Kubuntu, Edubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu and Ubuntu Studio also reached Beta 2 status today. These images will continue to have daily updates for the remainder of the release." said Kate Stewart in the official announcement.

Moreover, the Unity interface of Ubuntu 12.10 saw a lot of nice improvements and additions during the last two weeks, among which we can mention the controversial Unity Shopping Lens, support for WebApps, support for Amazon videos in the Video Lens, preview support for the Gwibber Lens, ability to move all launcher icons except for the Trash and Dash ones, and much more.

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Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 2
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Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 2

On October 18th, 2012, Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) will become the seventeenth release of the Ubuntu operating system. See you again in three weeks, on October 18th, to celebrate together the final release of Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal).

The Quantal Quetzal Release Schedule:

June 7th, 2012 - Alpha 1 release

June 28th, 2012 - Alpha 2 release

July 26th, 2012 - Alpha 3 release

September 6th, 2012 - Beta 1 release

September 27th, 2012 - Beta 2 release

October 18th, 2012 - Final release of Ubuntu 12.10

Download Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 2 (Quantal Quetzal) right now from Softpedia.

Remember that this is a beta release and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended to be used for testing purposes only. Please report bugs to the Ubuntu Bug Tracker.

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