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The final beta version of Ubuntu 13.10 available for testing

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Released the final beta release of Ubuntu 13.10 "Saucy Salamander". The release is scheduled for October 17. The presented test version marked the preparation of ready-made installation iso- images of Ubuntu and Ubuntu Server, which were formed only for daily builds , and intermediate alpha and beta builds were canceled. Finished installation images are also created for Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Xubuntu, Ubuntu Studio, Edubuntu and Kubuntu.

Separately, you can select the first beta release of Ubuntu Touch assembly for mobile devices with touch screens. Official assembly prepared for smartphones Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 tablets and Nexus 10 . Unofficially develop ports Ubuntu Touch for another 50 portable devices , covering more than 20 brands. The first release of Ubuntu Touch will be released simultaneously with Ubuntu 13.10.

Of the major innovations Ubuntu 13.10 can be noted

  • Integration in the basic components of the display Ubuntu Server Mir patches to X.org, required to work through the graphics stack layer XMir, which is now the default (XMir only works with open source drivers intel, radeon and nouveau, for proprietary and not supported drivers used fallback- mode is based on the conventional X.org). XMir provides tools for running X- Server with the organization of the output through the display server Mir, allowing normal X11- applications and X- server to run on top of Mir. Issues Lubuntu, Xubuntu and Kubuntu as before will be supplied with the graphics stack -based components X.Org, without the intervention of an intermediate layer XMir.


  • In Unity, adds support for smart regions (Smart Scopes), which are server processors , allowing Dash to represent certain types of local or external information to the definition of the order of output areas in terms of relevance and relevance of the user. For example , if you type in the search for "The Beatles" in the first place will be withdrawn from the field of music and video, which will be displayed in the local and external content such as personal cloud storage from the user and from services like Wikipedia, YouTube, Last.fm and Amazon . By default, when you try to search a list of all available Scope- plugins inactive areas marked black-and- white icon. The user may, at its discretion disable and enable the region depending on their preferences.


  • The interface switching tasks Alt + Tab support for select items with the mouse and use the mouse wheel to scroll. Wallpaper is a feature of visual highlight items using a translucent area by pressing the left mouse button and moving the pointer.


  • The redesigned interface is supplied by default PDF- viewer Evince, adds a new toolbar and a new search.


  • Change the look of the music player Rhythmboks.


  • Markedly modified manager log control user activity, allowing selectively purify information about specific events and disable the accumulation of data for selected applications . Added ability to delete all logs of user activity.


  • Added a new indicator for the selection and active keyboard language settings and call.


  • The package includes a virtual onscreen keyboard Onboard, supporting features such as audible indication of depression and an automatic bid relevant variations continue writing.


  • Improved interface file manager Nautilus, in particular to ensure proper display of buttons on the toolbar.


  • In the installer added an extra step to set up your account in the cloud service Ubuntu One.


  • Kubuntu: the transition to KDE 4.11; involvement of Muon Discover a new application to search for and install software , a new simplified interface to manage users in the system , support for configuring wireless installation phase, a new application for a chat on the basis of KDE Telepathy 0.6.2; new applet configure network connections.


  • Ubuntu GNOME: involved desktop environment GNOME 3.8 ( 13.04 delivered to GNOME 3.6); given the opportunity to select a session with the implementation of the classic desktop in the style of GNOME 2, stopped delivery of applications Ubuntu Online Accounts, instead of which involved regular management accounts GNOME.


  • Xubuntu: a new version of the configurator xfce4-settings to configure the new interface monitors, added to the repository application gtk-theme-config to quickly change themes, a new set of Gtk- by -enabled Gtk3.8; supply added to the package apt-offline, allowing simplify access to repositories in low-speed or intermittent network connection.


  • Lubuntu: the involvement in the default browser instead of Firefox Chromium; not supplied XScreensaver; ability to use technology ZRam ( placed in the RAM block device where the message is swapped with compression); update design elements ( icons, wallpaper, etc.).


  • The Linux kernel has been updated to version 3.11.


  • Upstart init system has been updated to version 1.10, which includes support for components upstart-file-bridge and upstart-local-bridge to link the work to the events associated with changes in the file system or connection to a local socket. The structure includes a tool upstart-monitor for visual monitoring of the flow of events in the Upstart.


  • Source: https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-announce/2013-September/000176.html




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