Ubuntu 12.10, code named as Quantal Quetzal, is set to release on oct 18, 2012. The final beta version (2) is already released. If you’re an LTS users who moves from LTS to LTS, then you may not care about 12.10 but those who want to have all the latest cool stuffs/cutting edge features, coming in Unity desktop, then you must checkout 12.10.
Besides some changes in UI and fancy buttons, there are also some core improvements in the performance of OpenGL, so if you play a lot of games, with graphics card, you would notice soon, in Ubuntu 12.10.
Here is another cool screenshot my my Ubuntu 12.10 desktop, after installing it on my hard-disk.
Some major improvements and changes in Ubuntu 12.10 (Upcoming version of ubuntu)
- OpenGL performance improvements
- Unity-Dash Previews
- Web Apps integration
- Quick App installation
- Python 3
- App specific improvements
- latest apps such as GIMP, Firefox etc
Want to try Ubuntu 12.10 now ? Get the Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 2 unless you want to wait for a better experience with stable release.
GIMP Magazine is a dedicated magazine for GIMP Image Editor! – It features design works and other GIMP related stuffs such as latest cool plugins (for GIMP), tutorials etc for GIMP users!
The first issue was available in digital format only but from the next issue there is even plan for printed edition (print on demand). The main goal of the project is to promote the GIMP and other relevant open source softwares. The magazine is available free to download (no registration or anything like that) from the site.
Download The Sep Issue
Download GIMP Magazine (PDF)
or visit the official page (refer recommended links section) for more download options.
GIMP Magazine contains some great tutorials, design effects & techniques, resources and cool examples (as an inspiration) for GIMP users! So whether you’re GIMP beginner or an expert (you can even share your experience) – it’s recommended for you.
Firefox 15 is available, with a lot of cool new features and improvements, specially related to 3D performance (compressed textures for better performance, with WebGL) and better memory usage for plugins/add-ons (optimized memory use! vow!!! that’s really a great improvement, memory hungry add-ons makes browsing slow and painful sometimes).
Some of the new features/improvements are –
- silent, background updates
- support for SPDY v2
- WebGL enhancements
- html 5 related improvemens (native support for Opus, audio/video elements etc)
- available in a new Local language – Maithili (it’s my native language )
Updating to Firefox 15
In Ubuntu 12.04 or similar distributions such as Linux Mint, you can get the latest version of firefox – with a normal update. So you don’t need to add any external PPA or download/install it manually, unless you also want to try beta versions or daily builds. So just open the Update Manager and click on Install Updates to update all programs (recommended) or just select the Firefox browser from the list and update.
To update Firefox from Terminal, just execute the commands –
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install firefox
Linux Mint 13 (code named as Maya) has released and if you’re a a GNU/Linux user then it might be worth exciting for you. Linux Mint 13 has launched with two editions – one with Mate desktop (the mature desktop (fast, productive and easy to use) – developed on the top of GNOME 3 desktop and mimics the look of GNOME classic desktop i.e Gnome v2.3), and second one – Cinnamon Edition – based on a new cool desktop called as Cinnamon.
Linux Mint 13 (Maya) – Cinnamon Edition
Cinnamon is not very stable (because it’s not very matured yet) so it’s not good for production environment but worth looking at, specially if you believe in future of Linux Mint. Since, it’s based on the totally new Desktop – Cinnamon – it means – you will get an amazing experience and may like it, surely if you’re sick of Unity or Gnome Shell interface.
Why should you try Linux Mint 13 (Cinnamon Edition) ?
It combines the great features from Gnome 3 as well as the older version of Gnome (i.e 2.3). It means it’s optimized for the productivity and the happiness of the users. Just give it a try – it’s beginners friendly too – so if you want to try a GNU/Linux based distro then it’s a good place to begin. Therefore, it’s also good for recommending it to a friend, who are trapped in windows or Mac’s closed ecosystem.
Download Linux Mint 13 (Maya or Cinnamon Edition – with or without codecs)
Note : Computer vendors and manufacturers can also get OEM images.
it’s is available as 32 bit edition as well as 64 bit edition (although 32 bit edition works fine in both case but 64bit requires appropriate architecture), 5GB of minimum space is required (although it’s good have more if you want to use it as your primary operating system). Linux Mint 13 got a lot of changes as well as some significant improvements specially in the form of Cinnamon desktop.
New set of cool and charming icons, along with other artwork improvements, you might have noticed the change (as compare to Mint 12) in the default search engine in Mozilla Firefox. Now, it uses Yahoo as the default search engine instead of DuckDuckGo. It uses MDM display manager – for managing login settings and other stuffs in an easy way.
You may want checkout the official website for more information about the new features and improvements in Linux Mint 13 (Maya).
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (a.k.a : Precise Pangolin) stable version has released. So if you’re using older version or the beta version of 12.04 then you can install Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or upgrade the existing one.
12.04 is a LTS (Long Term Support) release so if you wanted a stable version of Ubuntu with longer support (that’s natural -> many people are screwed due to the frequent release cycle of Ubuntu) then you should stick to 12.04 LTS unless there is any specific reason to not.
Here’s an screenshot of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS : looks pretty similar but there are lot of new cools features in Unity, specially the new HUD (Head Up Display, want to checkout – hit Alt key).
The new version of Ubuntu has a lot of changes and new features – specially in terms of performance and Unity has also improved a lot. Gnome shell interface has improved but if you want KDE or Xfce or something else, no problem. The default desktop may be unity but you can use whatever you want.
Download Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
Get Ubuntu 12.04 ISO (choose the correct ISO according to your computer architecture)