Ubuntu 12.10 final version - see what’s new! (Unity)
After 6 months of development, Ubuntu 12.10 has been released, bringing some exciting new features.
The default application selection in Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal includes: Nautilus 3.4.2, Firefox 16.0.1, Thunderbird 16.0.1, LibreOffice 3.6.2, Rhythmbox 2.97, Shotwell 0.13, Ubuntu Software Center 184.108.40.206, Empathy 220.127.116.11, GNOME Control Center 3.4.2, Deja Dup 24.0, Totem 3.4.3, Gedit 3.6.0, Brasero 3.4.1 and Gwibber 3.6.0, all on top of GNOME 3.6 and Unity 6.8.0.
Also, Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal uses Linux Kernel 3.5.0-17.28 based on the v3.5.5 upstream kernel, Xorg server 1.13 and mesa 9.0. For more technical info, see the official release notes
If you don’t want to use Unity, the latest GNOME Shell 3.6.1 is available in the Ubuntu 12.10 repositories, so you can easily install it via Ubuntu Software Center.
The fallback session is available in the repositories as well, and it works, even with Compiz.
Download Ubuntu 12.10 from http://www.ubuntu.com/ and, like the homepage says “Avoid the pain of Windows 8.”
Also check out the official release notes!