The first beta of Kubuntu 12.10 has been released. It, of course, features an updated kernel (3.5.3), KDE 4.9, and new graphical applications for multimedia use.

Unlike Ubuntu 12.10 beta 1, this release of Kubuntu still makes the alternate installer CD ISO installation image available for download. And also unlike the graphical installer of Ubuntu 12.10 beta 1, that of Kubuntu 12.10 beta 1 does not yet have preliminary support for LVM, the Linux Logical Volume Manager, and full disk encryption, and there is no indication that those features will even make it into the installer by late October when the final stable version is released.

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Here are a few screen shots from a test installation of this beta edition of Kubuntu.

The login screen now has an entry for a guest user account, just like in Ubuntu‘s.
Kubuntu Beta Login

The default desktop, showing the Kickoff menu.
Kubuntu Beta Desktop

The desktop with the menu showing installed office application. Calligra is the installed Office suite.
Kubuntu Beta Desktop Menu

Adding widgets to the Panel.
Kubuntu Beta Widgetbox

Want more virtual desktops or workspaces? You can now do that in two mouse-clicks. Just right-click on the Pager and select Add Virtual Desktop or Remove Last Virtual Desktop.
Kubuntu Add Workspace

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The version of Dolphin, the file manager, that comes with KDE 4.9 does not yet have the KLook integration that is now standard on the KDE edition of ROSA Linux.
Kubuntu Beta Dolphin

Installed Internet applications as seen from the KDE Plasma Netbook interface. Rekonq is the installed Web browser, but an installer for the latest version of Firefox is available.
Kubuntu Beta Netbook

Kamoso and Skanlite are two new additions to the list of installed applications. Kamoso is a webcam application, while Skanlite is a scanning software.
Kubuntu Beta Netbook App

Want to take Kubuntu 12.10 beta 1 for a spin? Download an ISO installation image for your platform here.

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