The Quantal Quetzal release date, 18th October 2012, has been and gone, which means we can all upgrade Ubuntu to version 12.10, whoop! Sadly being super busy with work I’ve only just got round to doing it. Quetzal is largely an update to tackle graphical user interface changes, such as iconography, typography and the menu systems. To read more about Quantal Quetzal, check out the Ubuntu’s Wikipedia page. As this version proceeds a LTS (long term support) version, Precise Pangolin version 12.04, you won’t get a notice informing you of its release using default settings.
How big is the Quantal update?
It’s approximately a Gig in total downloads, (~1000Mb), which on my mediocre connection is about 15 minutes downloading.
Make sure your system is going to be running fine for the next 120 minutes or so. It shouldn’t take much longer than 60 minutes but you don’t want your battery to die half way through installation.
Upgrading to Quantal Quetzal
So to upgrade from Pangolin to the latest Quetzal distro, follow these instructions.
Click the Dashboard home icon in the top left then type update manager.
This’ll open the normal window you’re probably familiar with.
If you see a notification at the top saying version 12.10 is available, simply click the button.
If not however, click the settings button in the bottom left.
In this settings window, change the drop-down option at the bottom from ‘For long-term support versions’ to ‘For any new version‘. Close the window and if necessary, click the Check button.
Once that has updated, you should hopefully see the new Quantal Quetzal upgrade option at the top.
Hopefully you’ll enjoy Ubuntu 12.10 even more than you’ve been enjoying 12.04.
Useful further reading on Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal can be found here:
- Official Quantal Quetzal download page,
- The Ubuntu 12.10 details on Wikipedia,
- ZDNet’s top 5 features of Quantal Quetzal
- … and if this is all new to you, the Ubuntu home page
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