|The development team of Ubuntu has already released the first Beta version of Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal, whose final or stable version will be released next October.|
As announced in the official mailing list of the development team, Kate Stewart, emphasizes that the Ubuntu .ISO images will no longer be packaged in CD, DVD and Alterna versions; since as of Ubuntu 12.10 only a single 800 MB image will be released.
Thus ending with the other Ubuntu installation options, which is simplified once again, since they abandoned the differentiated versions of Ubuntu for Desktop and Laptop. The only version that will not be affected by this measure is the Ubuntu server version, Ubuntu Server.
The same is true for Kubuntu, although it has always had a heavier ISO image, so in the next release it will be extended up to 1 GiB.
This change will bring improvements in the package that Ubuntu comes with by default, since it increases it by 100 megabytes more, and frees developers from having to create different images, since there will be only one of general purpose.
Among the new features of Ubuntu 12.10 are the hard drive encryption support, Update Manager renamed to Software Updater that checks for updates when released, Unity updated to version 6.4 with support for new view modes (dash previews and coverflows view), and migration from Python 2 to Python 3.
For Kubuntu there are many new features alike:
- KDE updated to the latest version 4.9.0.
- New Telepathy-KDE chat program.
- Calligra as a new office automation and graphics suit.
- New LightDM Login Manager, which adds Login as Guest.
- Update to DigiKam 2.8, to have a better handling of the photos.
You can always see the official announcement with all the changes.