Some Of Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal New Features

So next week marks the official release of Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal along with a whole host of new features. Today it occurred to me that I am yet to write a single piece about the up coming Ubuntu release so I’m going to give you guys my Ubuntu 12.10 cherry with this article. I’ve been testing Ubuntu 12.10 in a virtual machine for a few weeks now and there are some great features that I’m really looking forward to using on a regular basis, here are a few of them.

App Previews

In Quantal you will be able to right click on anything in the dash and get a preview. This includes apps, folders, documents and music albums (amongst other things). I think this is a great feature especially when looking for new applications within the dash.

 

Moving icons in the Launcher

Moving the icons that you have pinned to the launcher can be easily done in the current version of Ubuntu. All you need to do is click and hold the icon to reposition it. However, you can’t move or remove the workspaces and trash icon from the dash. In Quantal you can now move the workspaces icon (which is great for me as I don’t use them) but the trash icon is still firmly rooted to the bottom of the launcher.

In Quantal all you need to do to move an icon is double click on it and the icon will ‘stick’ to your mouse pointer so you can move the icon. Simply find the icons new home, click again and it will stick back to launcher like a sheep to velcro.

 

Online Accounts

Online Accounts is quite possibly one of my favourite features in Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal. I, like most have numerous online accounts – Twitter, Google & Facebook to name but a few. What you can do in Quantal is ‘add’ these accounts to Ubuntu so that the system can use them for things like social media aggregation via Gwibber or being tied into your browser via Ubuntu Web Apps.

For me, having my online identity piped straight into my operating system is a brilliantly useful feature and one that I intend to take full advantage of.

Remote Login

I think I’ve definitely saved the best until last here. The new Ubuntu Remote Login feature gives users the option to login to a remote server via RDP straight from the LightDM login prompt. For a person like me that logs on to a remote machines via RDP on a regular basis this is such a great tool to use. Once I start using Quantal I will be able to remotely access the RefuGeeks server straight from the login screen – what a powerful tool!

 

That’s not all

Obviously the Ubuntu elves have done a hell of a lot more than just these four features over the last six months so here is a list of some of the other features coming in Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal.

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  • New wallpapers.
  • Old kernel versions hidden under ‘advanced options’ within GRUB.
  • Slightly updated LightDM login screen.
  • Unity 2D removed.
  • Prices shown for application within Unity Dash.
  • Option to search only for local apps within Dash.
  • Dedicated Ubuntu One music app.
  • Ubuntu One music store results shown in Dash searches.
  • New ‘Unity’ lens which aggregates feeds from online accounts.
  • Updated privacy settings allowing users to turn off all online searching from the desktop.
  • Nautilus reverted to version 3.4.2.
  • LibreOffice has AppMenu intergration.
  • Numerous slight visual changes and general polish.
  • Live CD increased from 700MB to 800MB so you’re now going to need DVD’s guys (or USB of course)
[/checklist]

 

Some Of Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal New Features
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