In Pictures: Ubuntu 13.04

“Raring Ringtail” features performance and stability upgrades, along with social changes – but the controversial shopping lens remains.

  • Raring ringtail is here… …but don’t expect a wholesale overhaul in Ubuntu 13.04 – while there are plenty of meaningful changes, the core Ubuntu experience is much the same as earlier stable versions.

  • Unity upgrades Along with memory consumption improvements and better performance, Ubuntu’s Unity interface got a number of minor tweaks in 13.04, including better typo-tolerance for desktop searches.

  • No more Gwibber! Yes, Gwibber, generalist social media client to the stars, is no longer present in 13.04. However, the replacement “friends” app should serve you well.

  • LibreOffice 4 The latest version of the popular open-source office suite now comes standard with Raring Ringtail, bringing improved interoperability and personalization options.

  • Linux 3.8.8 The kernel used in Ubuntu 13.04 is based on the latest 3.8.8 version of the base Linux kernel, ensuring that the latest maintenance updates have been included.

  • Ubuntu One Music Store Since the Ubuntu One music store has gotten its own web-based front end, Canonical has made the decision to axe the local plug-in for it in the default Rhythmbox music player.

  • But it’s still got that Shopping Lens… Yes, the controversial feature that presents contextual shopping suggestions via the Unity desktop’s search lens is still there. You can turn it off – but only if you turn off all other online search functions as well. (Or uninstall it manually.)

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