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.
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
Linux kernel 3.11.3
GNOME Orca added
Ardour 3 added
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.
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.
The Ubuntu Studio 13.10 Desktop
Since this is the first time I’ve looked at Ubuntu Studio, I wondered which desktop environment it would use. I was very pleased to discover that it’s using Xfce, one of the best minimalist desktops available. It’s very easy to find your way around in Ubuntu Studio 13.10.
To access the applications menu, just click the button in the top panel. Applications are broken down into categories, with some having subcategories with even more applications that can be installed.