Revision 49 as of 2012-12-06 11:08:47

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We’re preparing Kubuntu 12.10, the Quantal Quetzal, for distribution in October 2012. With this early Alpha pre-release, you can see what we are trying out in preparation for our next version. We have some interesting things happening, so read on for highlights and information.

NOTE: This is an alpha pre-release. Kubuntu Pre-releases are NOT recommended for:

  • Regular users who are not aware of pre-release issues
  • Anyone who needs a stable system
  • Anyone uncomfortable running a possibly frequently broken system
  • Anyone in a production environment with data or workflows that need to be reliable

Kubuntu Pre-releases ARE recommended for:

  • Regular users who want to help us test by finding, reporting, and/or fixing bugs
  • Kubuntu developers

Getting Kubuntu 12.10

Download a Disk Image

Instructions for burning the image to a DVD or USB flash drive can be found on the Burning ISO Howto.

We recommend you learn how to check your image file so your pre-release is as it’s supposed to be. Compare your MD5 checksum with the correct ones found alongside the images.

Alpha 2 Highlights

Software Updates

Plasma and Applications 4.9 Beta


The latest testing release of KDE's Plasma Workspaces and Applications brings new features and improvements all around. Highlights include further integration of QML, more twweaks and improvements to Dolphin, and enhanced integration of Activities for files, windows and other resources.

Amarok 2.6.Beta 1


The latest testing release of the famous music player brings new and improved features, including:

New Additions

We have added some new tools to 12.10:



Skanlite is KDE's simple image scanning application



Use your webcam to make video recordings or snapshot photos using Kamoso. Its simple interface makes it very easy to use.


We have added Wacom tablet configuration tools; they will need testing by those with the relevent hardware.

New Software Selections

We are testing out some different default software selections. Please help us test them to help determine if these choices are worthy of inclusion or not.

Calligra Suite


We are experimenting with offering the KDE Office Suite as the default in 12.10. Users are encouraged to try it out and provide feedback for this.

Calligra Suite offers an expansive set of tools including those for the office, graphics creation, and project management. Please check out their website for more.



We are replacing the KDE login manager with LightDM; the lightdm-kde-greeter offers QML based themes and user-configurable background and welcome images.

KDE Telepthy


Telepathy-KDE replaces the unmaintained Kopete as the default IM client. This new software provides for easy access to Facebook, Google, Yahoo and many other instant messaging protocols. Version 0.4 brings new video and chat log support.

Known Problems


We want to hear your opinions on this beta.

  • Do we “Amarok”?

  • Did a feature make or break your day?
  • What do you flat-out dislike?

Take a look at the Ubuntu Code of Conduct, try Kubuntu 12.04 Beta 1 and head on over to the Feedback Page. Your input is an invaluable resource, so do take the time to write down your thoughts and let us know what you think!