‘Raring Ringtail’ is the new Update of the Ubuntu Linux which was released by Canonical this week. The Linux Kernel has been totally updated and new applications have been pre-installed.
The Unity desktop environment has also been tweaked to suit user needs. The juju and OpenStack (Grizzly) updates have also been released for the enterprise and server users.
This is Canonical’s step towards making Ubuntu run on many types of devices including smartphones and this can be seen with the updated Unity interface.
Regardless of the X windows system still being used, Canonical has tweaked the Unity interface and is offering an optional download of the new Mir display backend with is the display server that Ubuntu will be switching to with the next LTS release.
This would enable a cross platform experience for Ubuntu/Unity. The Unity tweaks allow us to disable the Workspaces and ‘show desktop’ feature but it can be enabled back again. The Dash UI has also been tweaked and type-tolerant search has also been improvised.
At the first glance of Ubuntu 13.04 it will look quite similar to the 12.10 as there have been minimal visual changes but the underlying software has gone a lot of changes. Even the pre-installed applications and core software have been updated.
Unity 7, Python 3.3, LibreOffice 4 and introducing Gwibber as a social platform are part of the major update. Gwibber combines all your social networking accounts under one Ubuntu account.
The Wubi installer has been removed and new users would have to use live media and for the entire functionality it would be better to install the OS in a virtual machine as sometimes some of the functionality is missing in a live environment.
The reviews about the new update have been positive and no critical issues have been encountered so far. The ‘Raring Ringtail’ is available to be downloaded from the Ubuntu website.