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Ubuntu 12.10 Beta released with disk encryption and Python 3

Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal is on its way, and the first beta of the distro has just been released for people to test

The Ubuntu update cycle marches on, with Beta 1 of Canonical’s distro having just been made available. 12.10 Quantal Quetzal will be out next month, and it will be following up, but not replacing, 12.04. Of course as an LTS, Precise Pangolin will still be around, but folks looking to get the latest software will be able to update to 12.10.

Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin Unity
There are more updates coming to Unity in 12.10

The beta itself has some new features that will be available in the final version, such as support for Logical Volume Management, and full disk encryption. Unity has been updated, and now includes support for previews and coverflow view. Finally, has been updated, and Python 3 has replaced Python 2.

Hopefully the Python update won’t cause too many compatibility problems. Either way, you can grab the beta from the 12.10 download page.