Ubuntu 13.04 'Raring Ringtail' debuts

Canonical has announced the final release of Ubuntu Linux 13.04 'Raring Ringtail' for both desktop PCs and servers.

Canonical on Thursday announced the final release of Ubuntu Linux 13.04 "Raring Ringtail" for both desktop PCs and servers.

On the desktop side, this new release delivers performance and quality improvements that make it the "fastest and most visually polished Ubuntu experience" to date, Canonical said. Ubuntu Server 13.04, meanwhile, offers OpenStack with high availability as a standard feature along with scalable storage and big data deployment capabilities.

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Both versions of the free and open source Linux distribution are now available for download from the Ubuntu project site. In the meantime, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth today also named the next version of the software: Ubuntu 13.10, due in October, will be nicknamed "Saucy Salamander."

No 'smart scopes' yet

Development on Ubuntu 13.04 has focused less on adding new features and more on performance, Canonical said.

In particular, performance on lightweight systems was a key area of emphasis as part of polishing Ubuntu for use on mobile devices, the company said. Accordingly, version 13.04 aims to deliver not just significantly faster response times in casual use, but also a reduced memory footprint.

As far as actual new features to report, however, there are really not very many. In fact, the release is particularly notable for the absence of some key features that had been scheduled to appear, such as the "smart scopes" feature that was to rank and refine online search results and the improved privacy settings that were supposed to address user concerns over Ubuntu's integration of Amazon search results.

Nine months of support

Those two features are now expected in a later release. The new Mir display server, meanwhile, is also not yet part of the picture.

Finally, Linux 3.8.8, Unity 7, Upstart 1.8, Python 3.3, and LibreOffice 4.0 are among the updated packages in this new release, which will be supported for the newly shortened period of just nine months. As promised, the Wubi installer is not included.

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Katherine Noyes

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3 Comments

Les

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Downloaded it the first day it went into general release. A smooth upgrade via the Software Updater: clicked a button and I had a new shiny, free OS. Amazing they can get quality like this on the first day of release.

Loooong-time Ubuntu Watcher

2

Thank HEAVENS for the likes of broken promises, lies, the culling of features, take-it-or-leave-it attitude, and the like.
If Canonical didn't have these, they'd have nothing to deliver.
Just the opinion of (many, many) thousands.

Loooong-time Ubuntu Watcher

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"...as opposed to the twenty thousand thousand+ people that do appreciate it..."
You mean, of course, twenty million: Mark Shuttleworth's favorite number in the WHOLE, WIDE WORLD. Every time SABDFL and Lord High Everything Else cuts loose with one of his wild visions or pronouncements, it's accompanied by a claim of "...20 million users..." Just 'google' "mark shuttleworth 20 million". SEE? You're another Shuttlewoth zombie.

...when you slate "canonical" you completely disregard the hard work the wider package maintainers, developers and the community put into the distro as well..."
No, I most definitely do not. I was a member of the Ubuntu community until it became apparent that SABDFL had no regard for his following. If anything, I feel sad for the people who have devoted long FREE hours to the effort, and who have been duped. There's no other word for it. Speaking of "the Community", do you not realize that a post such as mine a year ago would have resulted in so much flame from Jono Bacon's "community" that it would have brought this publication's servers to their knees?
Where, exactly, ARE all those "community members", Bacon? Only this one person is left? For that matter, where IS Jono Bacon? What does a community manager without a community do?

"...the performance improvements are well worth the upgrade..."
Do you mean the improvements which have been promised for every version since v. 10.10? Or the improvements gained by ditching features? Something else, maybe?

Just the opinion of (many, many) tens of thousands

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