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29 June 2012, 11:42

Ubuntu 12.10 alpha 2 comes with Linux 3.5 based kernel

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Canonical and the Ubuntu developers have published the second alpha release of Ubuntu 12.10, Quantal Quetzal. The new alpha release mostly has package updates to the distribution's components, including a Linux 3.5-rc4 based kernel (Ubuntu kernel 3.5.0-2.2), filesystem utilities (e2fsprogs, mdadm, autofs and btrfs-tools), Firefox and Thunderbird, and GTK+ (to the 3.5 series which will allow a number of GNOME 3.5 updates to take place).

Ubuntu Server has seen updates too, with Tomcat 7 replacing Tomcat 6, Chef 0.10.x, Ceph-0.57.2, MySQL 5.5.25 and updates to OpenStack to track the current "folsom" development milestones. The alpha 2 release also sees images for the Calxeda ARM servers being made available. There are also updates for Kubuntu, with KDE SC 4.9 Beta 2 included, and the experimental replacement of LibreOffice with Calligra Suite. Xubuntu sees a later Xfce (4.10) in use and updated Gimp and gThumb.

ISO images of the general desktop testing release are available for 32- and 64-bit x86 systems and 64-bit Mac systems. For all changes, known issues and links to further information and other images, consult the Alpha 2 Technical Overview. Development releases are meant for testing only and should not be used in a production or critical environment; users wanting a stable system should install Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, available from the download page.

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