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Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) Beta 1 Released

Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) Beta 1 Released

Posted Sep 8, 2012 14:07 UTC (Sat) by paragw (guest, #45306)
In reply to: Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) Beta 1 Released by steveriley
Parent article: Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) Beta 1 Released

Speaking of the Kubuntu beta - I was very pleasantly surprised to see KDE 4.9 actually being consistently nice and working with no crashes (touch wood). Heck even the boot process and lightDM with Qml/QtQuick is sleek and smooth.

This on a MacBook Pro with Nvidia/Intel dual graphics - I was able for first time to do EFI install, turn off the discrete GPU and enjoy good battery life and little fan noise.

Close to panacea!


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Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) Beta 1 Released

Posted Sep 8, 2012 19:43 UTC (Sat) by przemoc (subscriber, #67594) [Link]

In typical world version 4.9 would indicate that you're dealing with quite mature and definitely stable 4.x release. But even in hasty KDE world it couldn't be still that buggy, could it?

Whenever I read sentences like "I was very pleasantly surprised to see KDE 4.9 actually being consistently nice and working with no crashes" I wonder, how many users KDE lost due to helter-skelter early 4.x releases, not being marked properly as: alpha, a few betas and RC before going as real final.

Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) Beta 1 Released

Posted Sep 8, 2012 21:32 UTC (Sat) by paragw (guest, #45306) [Link]

Yeah I personally had given up on KDE after trying every release from 4.0 to 4.6. But the advantage KDE has got now is that they are now performing acceptably and have no real traditional desktop competition. (I either get Gnome3 or Unity (both are controversial) before dropping all the way down to XFCE/LXDE.)

Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) Beta 1 Released

Posted Sep 9, 2012 7:20 UTC (Sun) by danieldk (subscriber, #27876) [Link]

If you count OS X as a desktop operating system, Unity has pretty much a traditional desktop. The Dash resembles the dock, search resembles Spotlight, and toplevel menus are all familiar.

The Quantal Quetzal beta already ran very stable on my machine, but I did run into in issue where every time I start Google Chrome (Win key, 'chrome') I get directed to an Software Centre 'page' about Google Chrome. I can only start Chrome by pressing Winkey + A, and then typing 'chrome'.

Also, the Show/Hide Desktop was in the Alt-Tab, which is annoying, because you'll accidentally hide all apps every now and then. This is old behaviour, but can be disabled in 12.10 now:

https://bugs.launchpad.net/unity/+bug/1014346

Why this is the default, is beyond me :/.

But generally, it's shaping up to be a great release!

Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) Beta 1 Released

Posted Sep 9, 2012 10:20 UTC (Sun) by robert_s (subscriber, #42402) [Link]

WORKSFORME kde 4.4 from Debian Squeeze.

Just think it's important to make known that not _everybody_ has been having the same experience as you.

Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) Beta 1 Released

Posted Sep 9, 2012 2:38 UTC (Sun) by dlang (subscriber, #313) [Link]

It's less a comment on 4.9 or the overall stability of KDE than it is a comment about the stability of running the first beta release.

When you run the first Beta release of any software, you expect to find rough edges and corner cases.

It's a nice surprise when you don't.

Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) Beta 1 Released

Posted Sep 9, 2012 9:30 UTC (Sun) by przemoc (subscriber, #67594) [Link]

First paragraph of paragw's comment was about KDE 4.9.

http://www.kde.org/announcements/4.9/

KDE SC 4.9.0 was released on August 1st, 2012.
KDE SC 4.9.1 was released on September 4th, 2012.

Ubuntu 12.10 is beta, but KDE used in it is not.

(I understand that integrating all pieces together is tough job, so rough edges are acceptable at beta stage. But if the software is all buggy and incomplete in the first place, then there is not much you can do about it, regardless of making it part of beta or final distribution release.)

So good news is: KDE4 is finally slowly maturing!

Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) Beta 1 Released

Posted Sep 13, 2012 22:37 UTC (Thu) by einstein (subscriber, #2052) [Link]

Yes, I'm also happy to see kde back from the dead at long last. I had given up on it after the 4.0 debacle, but as of 4.8 I found kde to be usable and stable again - and just in time, since neither gnome nor unity are moving in a direction to my liking these days.


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