"Interesting things in this release are the new software-properties manager, as well as the final 3.5 kernel. Previous issues with hardware, suspend/resume and graphics should all be watched out for with the new kernel. Additionally, the Ubiquity installer is starting to land new code as the new features to support dropping the alternate isos are landed, and should be tested."
The technical overview for Alpha 3 shows it's still a work in progress, but lists some of the changes found in these isos.
- new style Session Menu,
- the grammatically dubious but refined Software Updater and
- 3rd party driver installer.
Updated packages/components include:
- Linux Kernel 3.5
- LibreOffice 3.6.2 RC
- Firefox 15 Beta
- GNOME 3.5.4
Ubuntu 12.10 final is scheduled for release on October 18th. The first beta is expected on September 6th. RC