Kate Stewart has announced the availability of the first beta release of Ubuntu 12.10, code name "Quantal Quetzal": "The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the first beta release of Ubuntu 12.10 Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products. Some of the new features now available are: consolidated client images now support the logical volume manager (LVM) as well as full disk encryption; Update Manager has been renamed Software Updater and now checks for updates when launched; a new X.Org stack has been introduced which includes X.Org Server 1.13 candidate versions, Mesa 9.0, and updated X libraries and drivers; Unity has been updated to version 6.4 including support for dash previews and coverflow view." See the release announcement and release notes for further information.

Ubuntu-12.10-beta1-desktop-i386.iso (745MB, torrent)
Ubuntu-12.10-beta1-desktop-amd64.iso (758MB, torrent)
Also released today were 12.10 beta 1 CD and DVD images for:
Kubuntu 12.10 beta1 (Release notes)
Lubuntu 12.10 beta1
Edubuntu 12.10 beta1
Ubuntu Studio 12.10 beta1

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