It has only been a few short weeks since Ubuntu 12.04 was released back in April, along side the LTS support. While I’m sure it still feels new to many we already have the next version. Development never stops in the Linux world and today they’ve made their next version, Ubuntu 12.10 alpha 1 available for download.
Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal is scheduled to launch in October, but you can get in on the few new features that are ready to go right now by downloading the alpha 1 build today. It’s been less than two months since the last stable version was released so not a whole lot has changed, but there are some notable differences. For starters Linux Kernel 3.4 has been incorporated into 12.10 along with driver support for several new graphics cards.
The default web browser has been bumped up to Firefox 13, Thunderbird is included for email control, and the update manager should have what Ubuntu is calling “a slightly new look.” Last but not least the Ubuntu desktop image has been shrunk down to a single 800 MB image, easily usable on DVDs or USB flash drives. There’s probably much more in the newest alpha so hit the download link above and give the latest build a try today.