Today, Canonical has released version 12.10 of its Ubuntu Linux distribution, code-named “Quantal Quetzal” after a ridiculously awesome-looking bird. Quantal represents the start of a new two-year development cycle and lays the groundwork for what Ubuntu will evolve into by 2014. As such, the release is focused is on figuring out what users are primarily doing on the desktop and in the enterprise and putting the right tools in front of them to help.

The release is right on schedule. Canonical follows a six month “tick-tock” cycle with Ubuntu, dropping new versions in April and October of every year. It has been six months since the “tick” release of Ubuntu 12.04, Precise Pangolin, which brought with it a number of enhancements to the love-it-or-hate-it Unity graphical front-end.

Bad news for those on the hate-it side: Unity, along with its HUD and Dash, is prominent in 12.10. In fact, it’s going to continue to be a prominent feature on the Ubuntu desktop for the foreseeable future. Canonical is committed to watching how people use it and improving it so that it works well, though, so complaints are being heard. We’ll touch some on Unity, but it’s not going to be as huge a focus in our upcoming full review as it was with the previous one.

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