Ubuntu 12.10

Ubuntu 12.10 has been released. So it’s time for another review to see what’s in it, and if it’s worth considering as your preferred desktop distro.

In keeping with Canonical’s past tradition, Ubuntu 12.10 has a cute animal nickname. This time around it’s called “Quantal Quetzel.” You’re probably wondering what the heck a “quetzel” is, right? I was too, so I googled it and here’s what I found:

Resplendent Quetzal

Click the image to browse books about quetzals.

Quetzals (play /k?ts???l/ or play /?k?ts?l/) are strikingly colored birds in the trogon family. They are found in forests and woodlands, especially in humid highlands, with the five species from the genus Pharomachrus being exclusively Neotropical, while the single Euptilotis species is almost entirely restricted to western Mexico also in Baja Verapaz, Guatemala . They are fairly large (all over 32 cm or 13 inches long), slightly bigger than other trogon species. Quetzals have iridescent green or golden-green wing coverts, back, chest and head, with a red belly. They are strongly sexually dimorphic, and parts of the females’ plumage are brown or grey. These largely solitary birds feed on fruits, berries, insects and small vertebrates (such as frogs). Despite their bright plumage, they can be surprisingly difficult to see in their wooded habitats.

So there you go, now you know what a Quetzal is, thanks to Canonical and Ubuntu 12.10. You learn something new every day. It’s certainly a colorful bird, if a bit odd looking. If you want more information about them, be sure to browse Amazon’s selection of books about quetzals.

Alright, enough about the nickname. Now on with the review.

What’s New in Ubuntu 12.10

Here’s a sample of the new features in this release:

WebApp Desktop Integration
Online Search
Dash Previews

Ubuntu 12.10 now lets you integrate web applications right into your desktop. When you visit a site such as GMail and login, you’ll get a pop menu that asks you if you want to install GMail. Just click the Install button and the app will be added to the Ubuntu launcher. Or at least that’s how it’s supposed to work, more on that in the problems section.

Ubuntu 12.10 Web App Installer
Online search now lets you use Ubuntu to search online accounts such as Flickr, Google Drive and others.

Ubuntu Web Apps

Dash Previews let you preview your search results in the Dash. For example, you might want to play a song directly from a preview, without opening a music player. This helps cut down on the need to open more windows to actually interact with your content and data.

Online Search in Ubuntu 12.10

System Requirements for Ubuntu 12.10

Here’s what you’ll need to run this distro:

Install TypeRAM (minimal)RAM (recommended)Hard Drive
No desktop64 megabytes256 megabytes1 gigabyte
With Desktop64 megabytes512 megabytes5 gigabytes

Ubuntu 12.10 Download

You can download Ubuntu 12.10 from this page. The file I downloaded weighed in at 790 MB. You can also buy Ubuntu 12.10 on DVD from Amazon.com or snag a cool Ubuntu coffee mug.

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Comments

  1. Jerry - says

    I’ve been a Ubuntu Linux user since 7.90 release and love it. Yes, I do hate Unity too, and quickly installed XFCE4 as my new desktop and then uninstalled Unity. Zeitgeist, another data logger I read about that spies on you. Did I dump Ubuntu because of it, NOPE! I just researched it, and then was able to safely disable it so it wont break the OS. It no longer logs what APPS I install anymore.

    The thing I love about any Linux OS, including Ubuntu, is you have the POWER! to change or remove any offending APP or script you want. You have the POWER!! to make Linux your own. Unlike Windows OS, you get what you pay for. So rather than point the finger at who did what, remove the offending APP and move on.

    The only reason I stuck with Ubuntu this long is the selection of games and Utilities and drivers they offer that suit my needs. (:P)

  2. webale says

    I’ve installed Ubuntu 12.10 10 Days ago on my old Thinkpad R61 also with Win8 (dual boot). It runs fast, without problems.

    I’m very happy with Ubuntu for now. Ok, I disabled the Amazon search, which is

    not very useful for me.
    I’t a pleasure to work whith Ubuntu after messing arround with Win8.

  3. Val Farny says

    Installed Ubuntu 12.10 that dual boots with Win 8 on 3 year old hardware being used as an HTPC with ATI 4200 graphics using HDMI with a 1280×720 Panasonic TV. It installed easily but had several problems. The two most significant were video overscan and no sound. The overscan was resolved with xrandr by turning underscan on but there is a black border that uses significant screen capacity that maybe I’ll be able to resolve in the future. To resolve the sound problem, the legacy ATI drivers had to be installed to deal with hardware released in 2010. Yes, I’m aware ATI drivers are a problem with Linux, but it is 3 year old hardware and there were working drivers available. Given the screen utilization, the PC cannot be used as an HTPC. Needless to say there were no problems with fully utilizing screen space or any sound issues with Win 8. I use Xubuntu on my laptop and Fedora on my “server” so I don’t think of myself as a Newbie with Linux, but would make the observation that the larger Linux distros will never be ready for primetime until they can do a clean install without a bunch of basic problems that it takes a reasonably knowledgeable person to resolve. I would have expected better of Canonical, but guess their focus is smartphones and not desktops.

  4. Jonathan Woods says

    I have loved Ubuntu since i started using Ubuntu 10.4 then later upgrading to 11.10 but after I upgraded to Ubuntu 12.10 I have been just utterly disappointed in how slow it is. Now my PC isnt the newest out there but it is less than 3 yrs old too so it shouldnt be sluggish on Ubuntu. Also none of the drivers will work on my printer. The older version of Ubuntu worked fine but this new one is just crap. So now im gonna either revert back to the old one or just put Windows back on.

  5. Brian Masinick says

    I agree with Bill Julian; there is nothing particularly compelling about Ubuntu, and recent releases, taking off into their own space, while they may achieve some yet unseen objective of the Canonical organization, for those of us familiar with previous editions, the past couple of Ubuntu editions have taken a decided step backward, to the point where one of the three other significant variations, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, or Xubuntu, are, at least in my own mind, clear and viable, even preferable, to the flagship Ubuntu version.

    Moreover, those minimal hardware requirements really look out of date and off to me. If you use the absolute minimal 64 MB memory requirement, I maintain that you will not be able to do a graphical installation, or if you can, it will just barely work. The 256 and 512 MB recommendations are on the light side too. While they may work, they won’t work very well, and you’ll have little, if any, headroom for doing much of anything. Finally, those disk requirements won’t allow you to store or save anything.

    I question whether you can even DO the 1 GB installation; the 5 GB installation should get you in, but leave you little space for saving anything. Not your fault, Jim, but those specs need to be more realistic; I’d say 1 GB of memory is a realistic minimum for any system running a GNOME desktop of any variation; less than that may work, but not well at all.

    For disk space, leave an 8-10 GB partition; I generally make mine 12-20 GB these days, and that’s plenty. Less may get you in, but it’ll tie your hands from doing much in the way of useful work.

    Mint these days is cleaner, for those who want a drop-in distro. MEPIS is more stable than either of them, even in its current SimplyMEPIS 11.9.70 Alpha snapshot.

    Debian Wheezy, in code freeze for the next release, may be slightly rougher around the edges from the standpoint of the initial installation, but once installed, I’d put it over Ubuntu in stability, and it’s easily just as extensible as any version of Ubuntu; after all, Ubuntu gets its code base from Debian, and most of the current stuff is either from the Wheezy or Sid projects; personally, I’d go right to the source.

    For those who cannot yet handle that, look to MEPIS or Mint instead, but I’d personally bypass Ubuntu. If you want a Canonical-based system that’s close to Ubuntu, opt for Xubuntu; I find that to be the most stable alternative in their stable.

  6. Bill Julian says

    Well maybe. 12.04 works decently and it provides a platform that is workable once one learns Unity. Ironically that may be easier for people new to Linux than it is for people accustomed to other DE’s.

    That said I just see no compelling case for Ubuntu, despite the fact that I started with it some years ago. Unity works but it is awkward, at least for me. Linux Mint, especially with Mate, furnishes just as much convenience with a DE much more to my taste if I have to be in the Ubuntu family.

    If this sounds tepid it is. Once Warren Woodford finishes work in his current Mepis alpha I would be hard-pressed to make any case for any of the ‘buntus for Linus beginners. If the past is any guide the new Mepis will be just as easy to install as Ubuntu, easier to use and very stable.

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