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Kubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin beta 2 screen shots

Kubuntu 12.04 Desktop Add Widgets

The second beta release of what will become Kubuntu 12.04 LTS has been released, less than 30 days before the final stable version is made available for public download.

Aside from this traditional desktop distribution, the Kubuntu project also released the second beta of Kubuntu-Active, a version specially designed for tablet computers. Since that comes as a separate download, screen shots from a test installation will be posted soon.

The following screen shots were taken from a test installation of Kubuntu 12.04 LTS beta 2 in a virtual environment. A detailed review, from test installations on real hardware, will be published when the final stable version is released.

Here are some screen shots: (Want to test it yourself after viewing these screen shots? Download an installation image from here.

This is the default desktop. That wallpaper is downright ugly. Hope they find a more visually appealing one for the final release.
Kubuntu 12.04 Desktop

This looks much better.
Kubuntu 12.04 New Wallpaper

When will these guys drop the Kickoff menu and give us something better?
Kubuntu 12.04 Kickoff Menu

Talking about something better, the Appmenu QML is available. This is the default view. There are no entries in the Favorites column.
Kubuntu 12.04 AppQML Menu

The desktop showing the applications view of Appmenu QML. Adding applications to your Favorites is easy.
Kubuntu 12.04 AppQML Add Favorite

And removing them is just as easy.
Kubuntu 12.04 AppQML Menu Favorites

Adding widgets to the panel in the traditional desktop.
Kubuntu 12.04 Desktop Add Widgets

A view of the desktop from the KDE Plasma Netbook interface.
Kubuntu 12.04 Plasma Netbook Interface

A view of the desktop from the KDE Plasma Netbook interface, showing installed Internet applications.
Kubuntu 12.04 Plasma Netbook

Adding widgets from the KDE Plasma Netbook interface.
Kubuntu 12.04 Plasma Netbook Widgets

Firefox is not the default Web browser. This is what you get when you click on its icon in the menu.
Kubuntu 12.04 Install Firefox

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