Ubuntu 13.04 has been released, so it’s time to do another review of Canonical’s popular distro. This time around Ubuntu’s code name is “Raring Ringtail.” It appears to be a reference to the ring-tailed cat. I had no idea what a ring-tail cat is, so of course I googled.
Here’s some background on the a ring-tailed cat:
The ringtail (Bassariscus astutus) is a mammal of the raccoon family (thus not actually a cat), native to arid regions of North America. It is also known as the ringtail cat, ring-tailed cat, miner’s cat or “marv cat”, and is also sometimes mistakenly called a “civet cat” (after similar, though unrelated, cat-like omnivores of Asia and Africa). The ringtail is sometimes called a cacomistle, though this term seems to be more often used to refer to Bassariscus sumichrasti.
Aaah, now that we all know about ring-tailed cats, let’s get on with the review.
What’s New in Ubuntu 13.04
Here’s a sample of the new features in this release:
Linux kernel 3.8.8
Simplified Details Panel in Software Updater
Upstart User Sessions
Friends (replaces Gwibber)
Linux kernel 3.8.8
Unity 7 brings a lot of performance improvements, reduced memory consumption and a great number of small UI fixes to bring a better overall shell experience. Those are like being typo-tolerant in the dash when searching for an application, using the mouse scroll wheel on a launcher icon to switch between applications or better available third party devices handling. You will notice as well some new icons themes to continue on lead of bringing design as the central Ubuntu experience.
You will notice that only one workspace is available by default on any new installation. If you want to bring back workspaces, you can find an option in the Appearance panel of System Settings under the Behavior tab. You can as well enable “Show desktop” button on the Launcher.
This release provides a new bridge, the upstart-file-bridge(8) that allows jobs to react to filesystem changes. For example, to have a job start when a particular file is created:start on file FILE=/var/log/foo.log EVENT=create
Or to start a job when a file matching a glob pattern is deleted:start on file FILE=/var/app/*.foo EVENT=delete
See upstart-file-bridge(8) and file-event(7) for further details.
Additionally, a new upstart-monitor(8) tool is available that allows event flows to be observed in real-time. This tool can run as a graphical or console application.
for all details, see: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/ReleaseNotes/4.0
- New Widget layout technique for dialog windows introduced
- Support for Firefox Personas in LibreOffice
- Document Management Systems Integration for Alfresco, Nuxeo, SharePoint via libcmis
- Less Java dependencies: e.g. more Wizards available even in the default install
- moved completely from Python 2.6 to Python 3.3 internally
- PDF Import, the Presenter Console, and the Python Scripting Provider are core features now
- dropping legacy binfilter and a lot of obsolete UNO-API interfaces
- The “Apply Style” combo box in the toolbar now features previews of the styles to choose.
- Import ink annotations from DOCX and RTF documents
- Import / export support for native RTF math expressions
- Various performance improvements of ODS document import
- Increased size limit on (uncompressed) ODF documents from 2Gb to 4Gb
- XML Source dialog to quickly import arbitrary XML content
- Impress Remote control for controling presentations via Bluetooth/Wifi from a Smartphone
- Import for MS Publisher files
- Import for _all_ Visio file formats, even MS Office 2013
- various PPX import fixes
- hyperlinks/fields wrapping
- RTL support for the Presenter Console
- Native support (mork driver) for accessing Thunderbird address books
CUPS 1.6.2 and cups-filters 1.0.34
We had already switched to CUPS 1.6.x in Quantal (12.10) but had to apply a huge, awkward Ubuntu-specific patch to avoid regressions. Now we are up to all new standards without needing to do anything Ubuntu-specific.