Ubuntu 12.10: what is new and how to test it
If you take an interest in the Linux world you have probably already noticed that Ubuntu 12.10 has been released. The new version of the popular Linux distribution comes with a set of new and improved features, of which at least have been controversially discussed by the community. Integration of Amazon results in searches is probably the most controversial feature of this release. The feature pulls deals from Amazon when the search is being used, and money is earned for Ubuntu when users click on those results and start to buy on Amazon. The feature can be disabled in under the Privacy settings.
Other features worth mentioning is the option to pin web apps such as Facebook or Gmail to the launcher on the Ubuntu desktop so that they can be launched with a single-click from there.
The Dash now supports online searches as well as local searches, which ties in with the aforementioned Amazon integration. What's interesting in this regard is the option to link online accounts to the system's Online Accounts' feature so that you can search Google Drive, Flickr and other services right from the Dash.
The top 10 features according to the guys from OMGUbuntu are:
- Theme Tweaks
- Shopping Lens
- Ubuntu One Updates
- Window Management
- Remote desktop login
- Encryption built in
- Online Accounts
- Preview App Installs
- Unity Previews
- Web Apps
Ubuntu 12.10 adds several improvements to the Linux distribution that move it more towards a connected online world. If you want to try the new Ubuntu 12.10 but do not really know how, maybe because it is your first time, let me walk you quickly through setting up Ubuntu on your computer.
What I suggest is to download the Ubuntu 12.10 ISO image from the official website and burn it to DVD. Afterwards, boot from the DVD and make sure you select to use the live system and not the installer. The main advantage of the Live system is that it won't modify your current setup in any way, it basically loads Ubuntu temporarily for the session. When you exit the operating system, there is no trace left of it on the system. You can alternatively take a look at the installation guide which explains how you can use an USB Flash drive instead and how to install the distribution if you want to try it out for a longer period of time.
Are you an Ubuntu user? What's your take on the new version?Advertisement