Ubuntu 12.10 is out today. Get it here.
The first thing you should do after installing “Quantal Quetzal” is go to the terminal and run this command:
sudo apt-get remove unity-lens-shopping
The second thing you should do is go to their donation page and pitch-in $15 to alleviate any latent catholic guilt you might have from running the above instruction.
Removing `unity-lens-shopping` sends the necessary message that they really botched their attempt to steamroll this change into the distribution. I’m not against a monetization strategy with Amazon as a partner. Heck, I’m not even against remote searches. I am, however, totally against remote searches in the home lens; that is just a terrible idea.
I think Ubuntu is going in the right direction. As an OSX user from 2003 until 12.04 LTS, I like Unity. Valve is porting Steam to the platform which could bring patches that Renoise, my music sequencer of choice, would benefit from. I work with it Ubuntu every day and I sincerely enjoy the experience, except for one thing: remote searches in the Dash Home have got to go.