Canonical has launched the latest and great version of the world’s most popular free and open-source desktop operating system, Ubuntu 13.10 “Saucy Salamander”. It’s more of an incremental update from Raring Ringtail with big changes under the hood, but there are a few improvements in the interface too.
The Unity Dash, where you can quickly search for apps or files, now has ‘Smart Scopes’ to let you search websites as well. So if you are in the Music lens, you can search for a song and look it up on Soundcloud, for example.
To make it easier to find the right answer, you can now filter results in the Dash by categories such as applications, graphics, news, social, web, files & folders, etc.
Finally, there’s a new scope added to the Dash. The Friends Scope is the sixth ‘lens’ in the lens bar and gives you quick access to your social media accounts, whether to browse updates or send messages.
Ubuntu 13.10 also ships with LibreOffice 4.0 — one of the best office suites on Linux — with new, modern presentation templates and built-in support for Ubuntu’s integrated menu bar.
Saucy Salamander also brings Mir, Canonical’s new display server to replace the X Window System. The primary purpose is to make it easier to develop a common Unity interface across touchscreen and desktop devices, which won’t be seen in this version of Ubuntu.
And lastly, the Linux kernel has been updated in this latest release. Ubuntu 13.10 uses Linux kernel 126.96.36.199, whereas its predecessor was running version 188.8.131.52.