Welcome to the Quantal Quetzal edition of Ubuntu Server, an open source server oriented operating system based on the upstream Debian technologies and using a very stable and reliable Linux kernel packages. This version comes with the MAAS (Metal as a Service) tool.
Availability, supported architectures
Ubuntu Server 12.10 was officially announced by Canonical on October 18, 2012 along with the Desktop edition of Ubuntu, and supported until May 16, 2014. Users can download this version as CD-size ISO images for the 64-bit (amd64) and 32-bit (i386) instruction set architectures.
The ISOs include a standard boot loader that allows anyone to permanently install the operating system on a local drive, install multiple instances of Ubuntu Server using MAAS, boot an existing OS from the first disk, rescue a broken system, run a memory test, as well as to check the integrity of the CD.
Easy-to-use text-mode installer
The Ubuntu Server's text-mode installer is very easy to use, as the user will only have to select a language, location and keyboard layout, enter a hostname, set up users, passwords and timezone, partition the disk, select and install software, as well as to choose where to install the boot loader.
Choose from multiple server components
During the text-mode installation, it is possible to choose and install different server packages that fit your needs, such as OpenSSH server, DNS server, LAMP server, Samba file server, Print server, Tomcat Java server, Mail server, PostgreSQL database server, or Virtual Machine host.
All in all, Ubuntu Server 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) proves to be yet another great release of this server oriented operating system powered by Debian GNU/Linux and the latest stable Linux kernel. Keep in mind though, that this version is no longer maintained and has been archived for historical purposes only.