Are you an Ubuntu lover? Then you might have heard about the release of latest version of that FREE Operating System which is published by Canonical. So, Ubuntu Linux 12.10 is now available for Free Download from their official website and the version is codenamed as ‘Quantal Quetzal’. We know, most of Linux based OS Distributions are rich in its features. Through the latest release of OS, the firm has introduced some incredible improvements in Ubuntu 12.10.
Actually, there’re no such big changes in the OS environment or UI but the small changes have been made on the OS is much enough to make a thunderstorm among Linux Distros. At this time, tech world is actually looking at the next version, 13.04 as it’s expected to have a bunch of awesome features when Mark Shuttleworth’s words are to be believed. By the way, let’s have a look to Ubuntu Quanta Quetzal’s prominent features.
Integration with Popular Web Apps
Today, we’re getting familiar with numerous web services and their web apps in order to enjoy seamless service. Understanding this phenomenon, most of Tech giants including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS are integrating native Web Services Applications on their latest version of Operating Systems. Through this update, Ubuntu team is also aiming this integration in OS environment along with the help of Open Source Web Browsers such as Firefox and Chromium. In Quantal Quetzal, accessing popular web services like Youtube, Gmail, Facebook has become very much easier than usual as you can simply install each one’s Web App on your Ubuntu dash itself.
Which means, when you visit such a website (say Gmail), the Browser window will prompt you for installing the corresponding web app and thereby pinning the widget into dashboard. In this way, you can simply pin Gmail launcher to Ubuntu Dash and you’ll be getting up-to-date email notification from the messaging menu of the new OS. So isn’t this feature awesome? Of course it’ll help Ubuntu to beat with trending OS’s like Windows 8 and Mac OS X Mountain Lion.
Online Life Simplified
Are you an Android user? Then you’ll be familiar with Online Account Integration because you can sign into various online accounts and set up a synchronization procedure with them through the Android OS. Along with the Web app integration, Ubuntu 12.10 has grabbed this feature as well so that you can sign into various online accounts from the PC itself. The list of accounts includes popular services like Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and Google which is further classified into Docs, Gmail, and Google Drive etc.
Dash Previews ‘Anything’
What about knowing full details of an Application or a widget? In Ubuntu Quantal Quetzal, you can do so. When you right click on an Application icon or widget included in Ubuntu Dash, the system will show you relevant information about the specific application, a screenshot, as well as an Uninstall button. The feature is also available for document files so that you can even preview Docs as well.
Encryption of Full Partition
It’s a wonderful feature which can be enabled during the Ubuntu installation procedure in order to protect sensitive data in your Laptop or PC. By enabling the option ‘Encrypt the new Ubuntu Installation for Security’ you’re actually encrypting the whole installation partition of Ubuntu 12.10 so that each user has to enter the correct password for using the PC. Of course it’s a wonderful feature for protecting data but the problem is that you may have to compromise with the performance of System.
Drivers are now available near to Software Sources
If you’re looking for drivers for specific software in Ubuntu 12.10, this feature will surely help you since it enables an option to find the corresponding driver software which is near to Software Sources Application. So, you don’t have to explore another Application for getting the drivers.
As they do in all other OS improvements, a large number of Software Updates are also included in the new version. Those updates will empower stuffs like Linux Kernel 3.5.4, GNOME 3.6, LibreOffice 3.6.2, as well as latest version (16) of Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird. But still, the OS is using Nautilus 3.4 for file management even though the File Management System is now 3.6 in version. So, you’ll miss features like, new desktop icons and more performance.
We told you about Web App integration but this chance is of Web. Amazon search results are available in the Ubuntu Dash when you search. As you can see in the following image, when you search for Terminal, the OS will also show an option to buy movie ‘Terminal’ from Amazon store. If you’re fed up of this feature, don’t worry there are some ways for uninstalling it as well.
We talked about various feature included in Ubuntu 12.10, Quantal Quetzal. But the OS is still including some minor new features such as Secure Boot Support; Which lets you run various OS’s like Ubuntu and Windows 8 in the same PC without compromising with the Secure Boot feature including in it. For getting more about Ubuntu Quantal Quetzal, just head to Ubuntu Official Website. And those other features are up to you. If you’re finding any of such useful features in Quantal Quetzal, share it here through comments.