http://cloud-images.ubuntu.com/releases/13.04/release/ (Ubuntu Cloud Server)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/netboot/13.04/ (Ubuntu Netboot)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-core/releases/13.04/release/ (Ubuntu Core)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/releases/13.04/release/ (Edubuntu DVD)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/13.04/release/ (Ubuntu Studio)
You can get Ubuntu 13.04 in 32-bit or 64-bit versions.
Ubuntu 13.04 Installation
If you’re running Ubuntu 12.10, you might want to check out the upgrade instructions to upgrade to 13.04.
As always, the Ubuntu 13.04 is very easy and fast. You can watch a slideshow while your install completes.
Please note that you have the option to download updates and third party software during the install. I opted to do this as it saved from me from having to do it after my install completed. I recommend that you do the same, it’ll save you time later on.
Ubuntu 13.04 is also a live distro, so you can just click the Try Ubuntu button after booting off the CD or DVD. You can also just take a web based tour of Ubuntu 13.04.
The Ubuntu 13.04 Desktop
This release comes with Unity 7. Unity 7 contains a number of useful changes and additions including:
Faster Icon Reveal
Dash Error Finding
Please note that in the desktop screenshot below I have changed the default wallpaper to something a little more eye catching. The default wallpaper is a bit more subdued, so don’t freak if you hate the wallpaper I have in the screenshot.
Linux Software Included in Ubuntu 13.04
Here’s a sample of the linux software included in this release.
Shotwell Photo Manager
Remmina Remote Desktop Client
Transmission BitTorrent Client
Brasero Disc Burner
Rhythmbox Music Player
LibreOffice (Calc, Draw, Impress and Writer)
Linux Software Management Tools in Ubuntu 13.04
The Ubuntu Software Center remains one of the best software managers around. There are more than 44,000 apps available for you to use on your system. Apps are broken down into categories. You can also see screenshots, user reviews and star ratings.
It’s also very easy to add or remove software. Just find the app you want to install or remove, and click the button.
Be sure to check out the Top Rated apps, it has a terrific list of apps that most desktop users will find useful.
Problems & Headaches Found in Ubuntu 13.04
Ubuntu 13.04 seemed quite polished to me. I didn’t see any noticeable speed or stability problems in this release. Canonical has made tweaks to improve Ubuntu’s speed, and that seems to be noticeable in this release.
You should know that Wubi, the Windows installer, has been removed in Ubuntu 13.04:
Due to various bugs in Wubi that have not been addressed in time for the final release, the Ubuntu team will not be releasing the Wubi installer with 13.04. You can read more about this decision here. Users who wish to try out Ubuntu without repartitioning a Windows system are encouraged to use a live system instead, booted from either a DVD or a USB disk.
I haven’t run Windows in years, so this is a total non-issue for me. But there may be some folks out there who are affected by it.
You should also be aware that the support time for this release has been reduced from 18 months to 9 months.
If you’ve seen any problems with Ubuntu 13.04, please share your experiences in the comments section. It’s always helpful for readers to get a heads up on any potential headaches, before installing a distro.
Where To Get Help for Ubuntu 13.04
If you’re having problems, please post your questions in the comments below or register for the DLR forum. Other readers might be able to assist you. You might also want to check out the Ubuntu support page, which has links to documentation, an answer system, free community support, and professional support services .
If you’re new to Linux, you might want to check out some of the books available about it at Amazon. You can learn quite a bit that you will probably find useful later on. You can also save lots of money with deals on laptops and tablets, desktops and monitors, components, and computer accessories.
Final Thoughts About Ubuntu 13.04
I found Ubuntu 13.04 to be a slightly disappointing upgrade. While there are definitely some enhancements in this release, there’s also nothing very special about it. When I sat down to do this review, I was looking forward to some great stuff from Canonical that might make me want to actually use Ubuntu again.
Alas, there’s nothing in Ubuntu 13.04 that makes me want to consider it for use as my daily distro. Don’t misunderstand me, there’s nothing overtly wrong with Ubuntu 13.04 either. It installed and performed very well for me. Unity 7 also has some helpful and attractive updates that Ubuntu users will enjoy, and there are other things in this release that help improve the overall Ubuntu experience.
Frankly, however, Ubuntu has become a rather boring distro to review. Perhaps I’m just jaded though? Or perhaps it has just evolved enough not to require any massive changes or loads of new features? I’m not sure, but I do know that I haven’t looked forward to an update to Ubuntu in a while, unlike Linux Mint and some other distros.
I suspect it is simply because Ubuntu has settled into a comfortable middle age, it works and it works very well for what it does. So there’s not a lot of need for cool, whiz-bang features for reviewers like me to drool over.
My distro jadedness aside, if you’re a current Ubuntu user, then you’ll want to consider upgrading. There’s enough here to increase your enjoyment of Ubuntu on your computer. But if you’re already using another distro, I doubt there’s anything here that will get you to switch to Ubuntu.
Ubuntu 13.04 is suitable for beginner, intermediate and advanced users.
What’s your take on Ubuntu 13.04? Tell me in the comments below.