Ubuntu 13.04 Released

Today marks the release of Ubuntu 13.04, the open source operating system made by Canonical. The release marks yet another milestone in the history of the world most popular open source OS. So what’s new now that Ubuntu 13.04 has been released?

I’m writing this post from Ubuntu 13,04 as I’ve just replaced Windows 8 Pro with it. However, it’s still very early days for me on Ubuntu 13.04 so keep an eye out over the next few days for a full review. I’ve heard a lot of people talking about how much more responsive Ubuntu 13.04 is over previous versions, so I was expecting big things. So far, I haven’t seen any evidence of a significant performance increase over Ubuntu 12.04 LTS that I’m used to.

1304 DesktopAll I have done so far is add some small personalisations to the desktop. I still have a lot of work before the OS is ready for me to use again, but early indications look like it isn’t much of an improvement (in terms of performance at least) over 12.04. Have you upgraded to Ubuntu 13.04 today? Or have you been running it for a while? Why not tell us your thoughts/experiences in the comments section below.

Ubuntu 13.04 Released
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  • Jens Reuterberg

    I have it installed on my laptop and I went form 12.10 to 13.04 and it is, at least for me a HUGE step up performance wise. I also tried it out on my old HP Stationary and the same thing there – it just flies by (I switched to Xubuntu 13.04 and Elementary though, since the X is so much easier to configure and Luna is Luna. Wish I had a third computer all though to be honest I have no idea what I would do with that so it seems a waste).
    I can’t say I remember 12.04 that well, all though the 2d version might be cool to pick up again.

    But the performance bit – it seems to change from set-up to set-up. Half of everyone I talk to seem to feel a huge speed-increase when it comes to responsiveness and the other half think its the same as 12.04 (12.10 being the Vista of the bunch it seems, that inbetween creation that gurgles “kill me” to Ripley before she sets fire to the lab)

    • http://www.refugeeks.com/ Kev Quirk

      I’ll spending a lot of time in 13.04 over the weekend so hopefully the experience will be a positive one. I have to admit that the first time I booted it up after running Windows 8 (with a normal start menu) for so long, it did feel like home.

      • Jens Reuterberg

        You can take the boy from *buntu but never the *buntu out of the boy :)

        Personally I’m in a “TEST ALL THE DISTROS” phase after I bought a portable harddrive (to save all my files on). So far I’ve been dancing through Crunchbang, Debian Wheezy, Linux Mint 14 XFCE and Xubuntu – next up Fedora 18, Kubuntu, Opensuse and perhaps something else.

      • http://www.refugeeks.com/ Kev Quirk

        I’d love to hear ho all the testing turns our Jens!

      • http://www.refugeeks.com/ Kev Quirk

        I’d love to hear how all the testing turns out Jens!

      • Jens Reuterberg

        Well as much as I love using something fast, Crunchbang is based on Debian Stable making it a hassle to install current software – especially for someone who isn’t all that tech savvy (a group I proudly belong to, is a card-carrying member of and chief-bakesale-arranger in) – so I had to kick that down the road. Then I thought I should try out Debian Wheezy, being a tad bit more up to date, but setting up a Live USB was insanely problematic and finding an ISO-file was even more tricky. I gave up after reading the Debian forums where three guys/girls laid into a fourth who asked the same thing I would have asked “where’s the ISO” and first got a snarky remark and then when he replied got insulted for about a page. So I thought “screw that”, if I want to get insulted I’ll look in the mirror or call my mom. Or both.

        Linux Mint 14 XFCE, all though soooo easy to install, so comfortable and laid back it kinda hurts is a bit TOO easy and comfortable. Its like sleeping with an ex. Its nice, but somewhere you just get the feeling that you should perhaps be a bit more adventurous. You just plop in the USB, wait a bit and “whoopsie do” your done, everyones content, got what the expected, but not happily surprised.

        Xubuntu 13.04 is brilliant in how I can configure and fiddle around with it and I made a Live-DVD with it, just to have it lying around – like Linux Mint it really is a constant fall-back-plan but at the same time it requires some fiddling to get away from that “Windows XP” feel of the main menu. Aside from that it has everything I need – which is essentially current and updated software a good mixed feel of configurability and stability and its lightweight enough for the boot-up process to be not as painful as getting your nipples pierced by a lemon salesman.
        That being said, its still something that feels too much like “home” you know? It’ll wait for me while I play the field a bit.

        So Fedora… I had an old Fedora 17 DVD rumping around the shelves and thought that perhaps I should try that. I did. Then barfed just a tiny tiny bit at how much of a tool I felt (considering the recent “I love Fedora more than terrorists love virgins” articles spinning around). Also that wallpaper; I mean is there an ongoing contest between Fedora and Debian at who can make the most god-awful wallpapers that I don’t know about? I mean Fedora looks great and all – its just the wallpaper. Debian is probably the coolest thing besides Arch, but still at some point someone must have said “Look this is all Stallman-levels of gnu-reat, but why are we letting 14 year olds design our wallpaper?” (Crunchbang on the other hand got it right in its adherence to scaled down simplicity). Perhaps its a thing with the high-tech-ninja-1337-hacker-crowd? They prove how little they care for mundane things like aesthetics by doing to wallpapers what must be some kind of crime against the Geneva Convention? I dunno. Since Fedora didn’t bring anything new to the table I slowly backed away, shielding my eyes from the explosion of clashing colours.
        Kubuntu and Mint KDE is another set of favorites simply because they both work so well with Krita, my go-to illustration program. But, KDE is not that pretty. Its slick. But its not pretty in the modern sense of the word. Its Vista- or Windows-7-pretty, which really is a misuse of the word “pretty”, the upside is that, like Xfce, you can change the way it looks (unlike Windows or as the three half-humans in the above mentioned Debian forum thread would probably have called it: “Winblow$” followed by a snorting nose-laugh).

        So far I have Opensuse to test out, but I don’t get the homepage and that builder-thing they got going. It looks really cool though…
        Oh and I’m writing this on Ubuntu Gnome. Pete says its wonderful so I thought that since he can grow a mighty beard, which is all the reason I need to trust someone, he must know whats-what. Its nice. Not much else. I get the benefits of it if you’re a keyboard-guy but as a mouse-dude it sort of leaves me hanging. There are no mouse sensitivity settings. That may sound really petty and pointless in the vein of “you broke my productivity by changing fonts” – but I got a real reason for this. Steam and FPS games don’t play nice with my mouse for some reason and the best way to counter the inevitable mouse-drag-effect is to lower the OS mouse sensitivity and acceleration to zero. You can’t in gnome and as of yet I haven’t found any third-party software thing that can solve this problem for me. It is fairly snappy though, like Ubuntu 13.04, it really is a huge step up (on my machine). Buuuuuut … yeah… see “Linux Mint 14 XFCE” above.

        Anyway, my personal favorite is Xubuntu 13.04 and unless I can figure out something else to try it will probably be installed any second now.