Codenamed “Quantal Quetzal”, 12.10 continues Ubuntu’s proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution.
Ubuntu 12.10 introduces innovations that bring together desktop and cloud-based experiences, representing the next stage in the transition to a multi-device, cloud-based world. New Previews give large, clear previews of content as it appears in the Dash search results, giving users a quick way to get more information to help find what they are looking for. The new Web Apps feature makes frequently used web applications available through the desktop. A new remote log-in option now lets Ubuntu 12.10 be used as a thin client by businesses that want to virtualise their desktop applications and deliver them
to users over the network.
Ubuntu Server 12.10 includes the Folsom release of OpenStack, alongside deployment and management tools that save devops teams time when deploying distributed applications – whether on private
clouds, public clouds, x86 or ARM servers, or on developer laptops. Cloud builders now have access to two major new components: Cinder, for block storage and Quantum, a virtual networking API. Ubuntu’s
Metal-as-a-Service (MAAS) bare-metal provisioning tool has been updated and now supports Calxeda hyperscale hardware based on ARM, so users can now quickly deploy services directly to bare-metal clusters, whether they’re built on legacy hardware, new Ivy Bridge-based machines or the new ARM-based hardware.
The Ubuntu desktop images have been consolidated to a single improved image with a size of 800MB. This desktop image folds in the advanced partitioning options from the alternate installer (removing the need for alternate and DVD images) and introduces support for UEFI Secure Boot technology. The Ubuntu Server image remains as a CD sized image, but installs the base system from a squashfs image for improved performance.
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