Ubuntu 13.04 OS now available

Canonical has announced the release of Ubuntu 13.04, saying that the desktop version brings a host of performance and quality improvements, making it the fastest and most visually polished Ubuntu experience to date.

Ubuntu Server 13.04 is also available, featuring high-availability (HA) for OpenStack as a standard feature, along with industry-leading capabilities for scale out storage, networking and compute. Enterprises on 12.04 LTS can upgrade to the latest OpenStack version, Grizzly, from the Ubuntu Cloud Archive.

Canonical states that performance on lightweight systems was a core focus for this cycle, as a prelude to Ubuntu’s release on a range of mobile form factors. As a result, 13.04 delivers significantly faster response times in casual use, and a reduced memory footprint that benefits all users, Canonical said.

“This release also illustrates Ubuntu’s ongoing commitment to quality and dependability. Our kaizen approach to development as well as community engagement result in a high quality alternative for people worldwide,” said Jane Silber, CEO at Canonical.

“This release, our 17th on a regular cadence, meets the needs of enterprises, organisations, governments and communities looking for a secure and intuitive computing experience.”

Canonical’s next generation display server, MIR is available as an option for developer testing and contribution. MIR will enable the convergence of Ubuntu across phone, tablet and PCs in the next set of releases.

Having just one codebase for all devices simplifies the lives of both developers and end-users, and makes possible a new generation of devices that combine the portability of the mobile phone with the productivity of a laptop, said Canonical.

Ubuntu 13.04 includes the Developer Preview SDK for developers to build native applications for Ubuntu devices. Using this SDK, developers can make a single application for all Ubuntu form factors and publish it in the Ubuntu Software Centre with a single upload. Developers have already started to create applications for Ubuntu across different devices.

Ubuntu 13.04 Availability

  • Download Ubuntu 13.04 at: www.ubuntu.com/download
  • Find out about developing for Ubuntu at: developer.ubuntu.com
  • Download Ubuntu Touch Preview onto spare devices here: http://developer.ubuntu.com/2013/02/releasing-the-ubuntu-touch-developer-preview-and-sdk-alpha/
  • Get involved with Mir here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Mir/GetInvolved

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