Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail) released

Adam Conrad adconrad at ubuntu.com
Thu Apr 25 12:07:30 UTC 2013

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 Grizzy 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:


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:


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

To get Ubuntu 13.04

In order to download Ubuntu 13.04, visit:


Users of Ubuntu 12.10 will be offered an automatic upgrade to 13.04
via Update Manager. For further information about upgrading, see:


As always, upgrades to the latest version of Ubuntu are entirely free 
of charge.

We recommend that all users read the release notes, which document
caveats, workarounds for known issues, as well as more in-depth notes 
on the releaseitself. They are available at:


Find out what's new in this release with a graphical overview:


If you have a question, or if you think you may have found a bug
but aren't sure, you can try asking in any of the following places:

   #ubuntu on irc.freenode.net

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releases. A tightly-integrated selection of excellent applications
is included, and an incredible variety of add-on software is just a
few clicks away.

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On behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team,
Adam Conrad

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