Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail

Install TypeRAM (minimal)RAM (recommended)Hard Drive
No desktop64 megabytes256 megabytes1 gigabyte
With Desktop64 megabytes512 megabytes5 gigabytes

Ubuntu 13.04 Download

You can download the desktop version of Ubuntu 13.04 from this page. The file I downloaded weighed in at 785 MB.

You can download the various other spins of Ubuntu from these links:

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.

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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. 😛

      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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