The first beta release of what will become Ubuntu 12.10 has been released. Code-named Quantal Quetzal, Ubuntu 12.10 will ship with two highly desirable features in Ubiquity, its graphical installation program.

It is also the first version of recent Ubuntu releases that will not have an alternate installer installation image, as most of the features from the alternate installer have now been incorporated into Ubiquity. This is a beta release, so some of the new features have not been completely implemented and it is also still crash-prone. (see The state of manual LVM and full disk encryption configuration in Ubuntu’s Ubiquity.)

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What this article offers are just a few screen shots from a test installation in a virtual environment.

The login screen.
Ubuntu 12.10 Beta Login

The default desktop.
Ubuntu 12.10 Beta Desktop

And the Dash.
Ubuntu 12.10 Beta Dash

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Some applications.
Ubuntu 12.10 Beta Apps

Dash preview allows you to view file and application information right from the Dash.
Ubuntu 12.10 Dash Preview

The software Center. Notice that that annoying scrollbar is still enabled by default.
Ubuntu 12.10 Software Center

New to Ubuntu 12.10 is that the Update Manager was renamed to Software Updater and now checks for updates when it is launched. The default configuration is to check for updates daily.
Ubuntu 12.10 Software Updater

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  1. This 14.10 also breaks my Open GL for steam. Damn thing won’t render in any Ubuntu based distro. Tried zorin, Ubuntu, PCLinuxOS….all versions broke steam Open GL rendering. So can’t game at all. So much to new and improved I will have to dig out an earlier install of Ubuntu to play my games.

      1. Tried Netrunner Rolling and wouldnt do a dual boot auto next to my Windows and Linux partition. Dug up my older 14.04 copy of Ubuntu Studio and that seems to work. I will just leave off patching it till 14.10 has had a month or so of updates to fix itself.

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