Ubuntu Studio 13.10

I’ve been reviewing a lot of Ubuntu spins lately, and they’ve all been differentiated by their desktop environments. This time around though I decided to take a look at Ubuntu Studio 13.10, a distro that is geared towards multimedia work. Ubuntu Studio comes with loads of multimedia software that will help you create and manage all kinds of content.

Here’s the official description from the Ubuntu Studio site:

Ubuntu Studio is a free and open source operative system, and an official flavor of Ubuntu. Ubuntu Studio is the most widely used multimedia orientated GNU/Linux distribution in the world. It comes pre-installed with a selection of the most common free multimedia applications available, and is configured for best performance for the Ubuntu Studio defined workflows: Audio, Graphics, Video, Photography and Publishing.

Ubuntu Studio 13.10 Preinstall Boot Menu

Ubuntu Studio 13.10 Preinstall Boot Menu

What’s New in Ubuntu Studio 13.10
Here’s a sample of the new features in this release:

New menu structure
New package ubuntustudio-installer for metpackage installation
New Settings Manager
Ubuntu Studio added to GRUB menu
Xfce session in LightDM removed
New wallpaper
Linux kernel 3.11.3
GNOME Orca added
Ardour 3 added

Ubuntu Studio 13.10 Settings

Ubuntu Studio 13.10 Settings Manager

System Requirements for Ubuntu Studio 13.10
Here’s what you’ll need to run this distro:

The minimum memory requirement for Ubuntu Studio is 512 MB of memory. It is highly recommended that you have 2GB, or more, as some applications use up a lot of RAM.

Ubuntu Studio 13.10 Download
You can download Ubuntu Studio 13.10 from this page. Ubuntu Studio 13.10 is available in 32-bit or 64-bit versions. You can download it via direct links or torrent links.

The file I downloaded weighed in at 2.58 GB, so it’s not a small download. But you do get quite a lot of software included with Ubuntu Studio, so it’s worth the larger download size.

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

Ubuntu Studio 13.10 Installation
Ubuntu Studio uses the Ubuntu installer, so installing it is a breeze. It’s also a live distro, so you can simply run it off a disc before doing an install on your computer.

The developers have added some nice slides to the slideshow that highlight some of the multimedia applications that come with this distro, you can check some of them out below in the screenshots.

The install did take a bit longer than the other Ubuntu spins, but it also comes with more software so that’s to be expected.

If you need to upgrade from Ubuntu Studio 13.04, here are the upgrade instructions from the release notes:

To upgrade from Ubuntu Studio 13.04, press Alt+F2 and type in “update-manager” (without the quotes) into the command box.

Software Updater should open up. Click “Settings” and click on the tab “Updates”.

Set “Notify me of a new Ubuntu version” to “For any new version”.

Close and relaunch Software Updater and the Software Updater should display the following message: “New distribution release ‘13.10’ is available.

Click Upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions”.

Please click on “Upgrade” and follow the instructions given.

Ubuntu Studio 13.10 Install Prepare

Ubuntu Studio 13.10 Install Prepare

Ubuntu Studio 13.10 Install Type

Ubuntu Studio 13.10 Install Type

Ubuntu Studio 13.10 Install Slideshow Videos

Ubuntu Studio 13.10 Install Slideshow Videos

Ubuntu Studio 13.10 Install Slideshow Photography

Ubuntu Studio 13.10 Install Slideshow Photography

Ubuntu Studio 13.10 Install Slideshow Graphics

Ubuntu Studio 13.10 Install Slideshow Graphics

Ubuntu Studio 13.10 Install Slideshow Audio

Ubuntu Studio 13.10 Install Slideshow Audio

The Ubuntu Studio 13.10 Desktop

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Comments

  1. Maxei says

    Sorry but, is this “a review”? You, the author of this page, have no idea of what you’re talking about. To become a “Reviewer”, you must have experience and knowldege, and at least, have used a previous version of Ubuntu studio. This is just a sequence of installation steps and what programs are. It is a waste of time for those who have used a previous version: for instance, how does it fare with v 12.04? Is it worth the upgrade, considering ALL the things that will be lost and perhaps getting into some issues. Finally, you did an installation from scratch, not even an “upgrade”; these are very different situations and the outcomes even greater. Please, do not call things what they really are not.

  2. riyas says

    I was wait a whole week to complete ubuntu studio 13.10 downloading,after i burn the ISO in to the DVD i start to install it but around 75% the installation fails ,says’cannot copy files to HDD,complaint with DVD or DRIVE or HDD’,but their is noproblem when’try without installing’,i previoussly installs WINSOWS but hasn’t any problem,i blame my self the whole 2.5GB wasted and I installs into 3 DVD’S all have same problem

  3. Glenn says

    So far I have really enjoyed using Ubuntu Studio 13.10. I am recently new to linux and was trying to use the regular Ubuntu not realizing there was a studio version. This made my life so much better since I was trying to download a bunch of other music recording and media apps that this one already has plus the low latency kernel. My hope is that the new release works a little bit more with fixing the compatibility of Jack and pulse audio by default. I had to do a little reading and Jack customizing to get my Audiobox interface to work properly. Overall though I really like the way the system uses very little RAM and seems pretty stable. Any musician getting into music recording and other media related stuff should definitely check this out. Finally, I can get away from windows for recording, especially with the direction windows has gone with there OS. The only apps I had to download was libreoffice, Rhythmbox and a few other ones to my preference but this was easily done in the software center or the “extra applications” to download section of the menu. To sum it up; I’m impressed. :)

  4. Darren says

    One thing that really should be added to a review of a multimedia Linux distro is that it includes ‘the latest low-latency kernel will be always the default boot item in the GRUB boot loader’ Which is very important for many multimedia purposes. So some users would not be able to replicate the performance of Ubuntustudio simply by installing the apps in a regular (x)Ubuntu install. Not without also changing the kernel as well that is.

    • Brian Masinick says

      Actually I remember seeing a number of low latency kernels and a variety of other kernels available in the standard Ubuntu repositories that are available to all of the Ubuntu variants, so it is possible to fine tune the distribution, even in terms of kernels that respond quickly to specific interrupts.

      • JohnOShock says

        It is possible but this is veryhandy to have straight put of the box, i.e. try installing the latest kernel and see what happens when you’re using Nvidia drivers downloaded from their site.
        Ubuntu Studio is very handy for people who actually work in audio production environments and cuts the workload right down. I say this out of experience.

  5. Brian Masinick says

    I have to preface my comments with a statement that I have not tested or installed this version, and at most, I’ve taken a brief look at previous versions. The reason for this is not a dislike for this software, it is simply that I have not had a specific need for a general purpose system that also specializes in multi-media applications.

    What I will say, however, is that I have a great deal of regard for distributions that clearly establish goals for their variation and stick with them, excelling in whatever niche they serve. At least from the description here, and from my limited past testing, I can give a big, hearty congratulations to the team for meeting their objectives and for Jim stating this.

    Several people disagree with me about my opinions, and that’s fine. Regarding this particular distribution, I’m definitely NOT an expert, and don’t want to come across trying to make that impression.

    Where I do have expertise is in testing a wide variety of distributions and comparing them to others in a similar class. There are not a lot of distributions focused primarily on multi-media; there are a few of them and most of the ones I have looked at are pretty good, but since this one comes with such a solid foundation and meets its intent quite well, I’d certainly go so far as to suggest trying this one out, even if you only have time to try out one or two systems; this one is unlikely to disappoint, at least if it is a multi-media distribution you are looking for.

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