Ubuntu 13.04 Released

Written for Ubuntu by Colin Watson on 2013-04-25

The Ubuntu team is very pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu 13.04 for Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products.

Codenamed "Raring Ringtail", 13.04 continues Ubuntu's proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. This release cycle has seen a significant push toward daily quality, which has allowed most developers and users to participate more actively throughout the cycle, and we feel this also shows in the final quality of this release.

Along with performance improvements to Unity, updates to common desktop packages, and updated core and toolchain components, Ubuntu 13.04 also includes the new Friends service, to consolidate all social networking accounts via Ubuntu Online Accounts. Also included is a tech preview of Upstart's new user session feature.

Ubuntu Server 13.04 includes the Grizzly release of OpenStack, alongside deployment and management tools that save devops teams time when deploying distributed applications - whether on private clouds, public clouds, x86 or ARM servers, or on developer laptops. Several key server technologies, from MAAS to Ceph, have been updated to new upstream versions with a variety of new features, and a preview of the new Go rewrite of Juju is available in the backports repository.

Read more about the new features of Ubuntu 13.04 in the following press releases:

   http://ubunt.eu/1304Server
   http://ubunt.eu/1304Client

Maintenance updates will be provided for Ubuntu 13.04 for 9 months, through January 2014.

Thanks to the efforts of the global translation community, Ubuntu is now available in 42 languages. For a list of available languages and detailed translation statistics for these and other languages, see:

   http://people.canonical.com/~dpm/stats/ubuntu-13.04-translation-stats.html

The newest Kubuntu 13.04, Edubuntu 13.04, Xubuntu 13.04, Lubuntu 13.04 and Ubuntu Studio 13.04 are also being released today. More details can be found in their announcements:

   Kubuntu: http://kubuntu.org/news/13.04-release
   Xubuntu: http://xubuntu.org/news/13-04-release
   Edubuntu: http://edubuntu.org/news/13.04-release
   Lubuntu: http://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/Announcement/13.04
   Ubuntu Studio: http://ubuntustudio.org/?p=726

This release cycle, we welcome two new flavours to the Ubuntu archive, Ubuntu GNOME and UbuntuKylin. For more information about each, see their wiki pages, and welcome them to the family:

   Ubuntu GNOME: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuGNOME
   UbuntuKylin: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuKylin

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