The development of Ubuntu 12.10, code name "Quantal Quetzal", is now under way with the initial test release: "The 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) alpha 1 milestone image set is now released. New features: Ubuntu kernel based on the final 3.4 upstream Linux kernel; the 4.7 version of GCC is replacing the 4.6 version that was included in Ubuntu 12.04; for 12.10, we intend to ship only Python 3 with the Ubuntu desktop image, not Python 2; automatic Apport crash reporting has been enabled by default again to catch problems early on...."
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