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Ubuntu 13.04 release – what to expect

Ubuntu 13.04 is out tomorrow, 25th April, and the Raring Ringtail is getting some new features over the Quantal Quetzal

It’s April, so that can only mean another Ubuntu, and possibly more moaning from the community to go along with it. So far, there hasn’t been the same controversies as previous releases of Ubuntu, however the Amazon search results are still present, and Unity itself is still the main desktop environment.

There are some new features and updates coming to Ubuntu 13.04 though. As well as the usual updates to the kernel, now based on Linux Kernel 3.8.8, and upgrading LibreOffice to 4.0, Unity is now at version 7. Unity now has better support for typos when searching in the dash, and has a function of scrolling between apps using the mouse scroll wheel on the program bar. There’s also only one workspace by default, with the ability to turn them back on, and add an icon for that into the Unity bar.

There’s also updates to Upstart, CUPS and Python for the desktop version, and OpenStack, Juju, MAAS, Simple Streams, Ceph, MongoDB and OpenvSwitch for the server edition. Will you be upgrading to it, or have you sworn off Ubuntu for good? Either way, check back at Linux User tomorrow when it comes out.