Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail

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/kubuntu/releases/13.04/release/ (Kubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/releases/13.04/release/ (Lubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/13.04/release/ (Ubuntu Studio)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-gnome/releases/13.04/release/ (Ubuntu-GNOME)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntukylin/releases/13.04/release/ (UbuntuKylin)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/13.04/release/ (Xubuntu)

If you’re a distrohopper then you might want to try it in a virtual machine via VirtualBox before running it on real hardware.

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.

Ubuntu 13.04 Try or Install
Ubuntu 13.04 Try or Install
Ubuntu 13.04 Install Type
Ubuntu 13.04 Install Type
Ubuntu 13.04 Prepare Install
Ubuntu 13.04 Prepare Install
Ubuntu 13.04 Install Slideshow
Ubuntu 13.04 Install Slideshow
Ubuntu 13.04 Login Screen
Ubuntu 13.04 Login Screen

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
Scroll Switching
Filesystem Fill
Tooltip Fade
Non-Pixelated Pips
Radio Dot

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.

Ubuntu 13.04 Desktop
Ubuntu 13.04 Desktop
Ubuntu 13.04 Desktop Wallpapers
Ubuntu 13.04 Desktop Wallpapers
Ubuntu 13.04 Folders
Ubuntu 13.04 Folders
Ubuntu 13.04 Application Categories
Ubuntu 13.04 Application Categories
Ubuntu 13.04 Search Applications
Ubuntu 13.04 Search Applications
Ubuntu 13.04 Search Videos
Ubuntu 13.04 Search Videos
Ubuntu 13.04 System Settings
Ubuntu 13.04 System Settings

Linux Software Included in Ubuntu 13.04

Here’s a sample of the linux software included in this release.

AisleRiot Solitaire

Document Viewer
Image Viewer
LibreOffice Draw
Shotwell Photo Manager
Simple Scan

Desktop Sharing
Empathy IM
Remmina Remote Desktop Client
Thunderbird Mail
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.

Ubuntu 13.04 Software Center
Ubuntu 13.04 Software Center
Ubuntu 13.04 Star Apps
Ubuntu 13.04 Star Apps
Ubuntu 13.04 Install GIMP
Ubuntu 13.04 Install GIMP

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.

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27 thoughts on “Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail

  1. I like Ubuntu now because I read that it is more secure from viruses and malwares unlike Windows.
    My only problem is when I connect my laptop to a TV using either VGA or HDMI, it connects but the screen is stationary in the TV. There is no response unlike in Windows which is in sync with the Laptop.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thank you.

  2. “You should also be aware that the support time for this release has been reduced from 18 months to 9 months.”

    Only 9 months of support?!? No thanks Canonical. I would rather take my chances with Debian Sid-based distros like Siduction or Semplice. At least then I wouldn’t have to wait long at all for new updates. Of course, I can play it safe with Debian Testing-based distros like AntiX or Linux Mint Debian Editon and get updates within weeks.

    In fairness, if I was already a committed Ubuntu user, I would try to hold out for the next LTS release. At least 2 years of support for LTS is a lot better than only 9 months for non-LTS. My professional opinion of course. : )

    1. Ubuntu users can be put in two camps: Those who want to have the very latest features and versions of software and those who want to have a stable system and long support (companies mostly). Those who fall in the first category probably update as soon as possible anyway, so long support periods aren’t really necessary anyway. :P

      It’s also just simply a way for Canonical to save some money on support.. as you might know, Ubuntu still isn’t quiet profitable yet and Shuttleworth’s big bag of gold isn’t bottomless either..

  3. So far, I am enjoying Ubuntu 13.04, but I don’t know if removing the multiple desktops was planned, but that’s what happened on both machines I’ve updated. Also, on one machine, I had some specifically configured wallpaper settings. There seems to be an issue for updaters where the wallpaper doesn’t appear, or it cannot be changed in the Appearance module. In my case, the wallpaper I have assigned to LightDM login is carried over to my desktop, along with the grid and the gray Ubuntu logo in the bottom left corner. The regular wallpaper I usually have assigned will not appear and changing the wallpaper in Appearance doesn’t work. Hopefully, this is something that will be resolved soon. I have a rather nifty LCARS setup that I’d like to get back.

  4. you seem alway give ubuntu 4/5 why is that do you just like other disro better so not looking at apple to apple sake the is not Perfect disro but so dame good ones some should be getting 5/5.

  5. @Brian Masinick: I’ve checked both torrent and md5sum hashes and I am sure I downloaded correctly. I’ve also installed it and didn’t see any hangings at all after installation, looks like only the live mode was buggy. For the people who didn’t notice: try minimizing anything in live mode.

  6. @serhat: a partially bad download will also exhibit the same kind of buggy state that you describe. Before concluding that it is Ubuntu, run a checkpoint on your media or its source, make sure it matches. Considering trying another download before concluding that Ubuntu won’t work on your system. Maybe it won’t, but there is a 50/50 chance that it will.

    Alex Efrain Sarmiento Muñoz: Yes, we deal with many audiences, and that is precisely, even in the Ubuntu ecosystem, why today there are a couple hundred “spins” and derivatives of Ubuntu, starting with the ones that Canonical themselves at least sanction, then the many Mint derivatives, then the scores of distributions based on either Ubuntu, a Ubuntu derivative, Mint, a Mint (and therefore Ubuntu) derivative, and note that Ubuntu itself is a derivative of Debian Linux. Clearly it is the flexibility and choice that matter here; what appeals to one may not appeal to another; some like simplicity of installation and configuration, others like simplicity of the system and infrastructure, which makes installation and configuration appear cumbersome (Arch and Gentoo are good examples of this).

  7. Each release of Ubuntu just sucks more and more. I get errors while trying to install Wine, Acroread etc. And didn’t noticed any speed improvements in Unity/

  8. I Love UNITY. Also the fact that it is boring,it is the best Linux distro out. No Ubuntu = no Mint. Linux has matured, distro hopping is now a waste. Hell ,60% of the distros out are spins of Ubuntu. Ubuntu has stablized the Linux eco-system.

    1. This is nonsense, if No Ubuntu = No Mint then explain the Mint Debian edition and the Mint KDE edition. Mint only makes use of Ubuntus repos as well as several others the same way Ubuntu does Debians repos. No Debian = No Ubuntu = No Hundreds of other distros.

  9. People complain about change. When gets very mature and stable , then people complain about no changes . Coo Coo

  10. why you froget ubuntu also launche Ubuntu gnome edition also, which will be a killer deal. I also not a big fan of unity.

  11. I wonder if it is my machine or a general problem but the live mode of ubuntu 13.04 was awfully buggy. The screen hanged most of the time. This didn’t occur in 12.04 live. The new ubuntu looks very good overall but I think it has serious stability problems.

  12. Very good ,straightforward review. I tend to agree that the unity desktop experience is what it is. You either hate it or like it.(Never heard of anyone who LOVES it) Ubuntu 13.04 works well, but IMO nothing special.

  13. I’m like you on this: nothing particularly “wrong” with Ubuntu, other than the variations of GNOME that I’ve never been that interested in. For me, Xubuntu, also boring as it is, serves me better. Kubuntu is much more interesting, though like Ubuntu, it’s a bit heavy for my aging hardware on my 5 year+ laptops. Lubuntu is light enough, but for my own interests, Debian and antiX can come in just as light, if not a bit lighter, and with the systemd that you can get with them now, they boot faster.

    To each his own, to me, those are my preferred systems.

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