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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 Ubuntu 13.04: What's New In Raring Ringtail? [Linux] Ubuntu 13.04: What's New In Raring Ringtail? [Linux] On April 25th, the newest version of one of the most popular Linux distributions was released -- Ubuntu 13.04, codenamed "Raring Ringtail". Unlike previous releases of Ubuntu, 13.04 doesn't bring extraordinary new visual features which... Read More 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, whereas its predecessor was running version

Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander is available for free from the official download page. And to get you started, check out our beginner’s guide to Ubuntu.

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  1. CoolPenguin
    October 22, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    Linux Mint distros are better than Ubuntu, IMO (and more popular). I use Microsoft Office documents in LibreOffice w/no problems for at least a couple years now. As long as you save files as the proper format for MSO, there should be no problems with its abilities to handle them

  2. Sundara OS
    October 18, 2013 at 7:02 am

    No, your article is not true. Ubuntu 13.10 is shipped with LibreOffice and still using Xorg as its display server

  3. Pushkar Y
    October 18, 2013 at 5:56 am

    I have to admit ubuntu is changing what the general audience think of linux (including me)... from the command-promt like command ONLY to a smooth good looking GUI...
    NOW if only linux had better compatibility and .exe similar files for installing softwares...

    • badbrad
      October 18, 2013 at 10:13 pm

      Compatibility with what?

      I prefer the repositotry method for installing data and hope they won't change it to an .exe type.

    • dragonmouth
      October 19, 2013 at 7:18 pm

      "I have to admit ubuntu is changing what the general audience think of linux (including me)… from the command-promt like command ONLY to a smooth good looking GUI…"
      Linux has had a "smooth good looking GUI for at least 10 years and hasn't been comand line ONLY for at least 15 years. Any rumors to the contrary are just Microsoft propaganda to keep users like you afraid to try Linux.

      "NOW if only linux had better compatibility and .exe similar files for installing softwares…"
      IOW, if it was more like Windows. If you are so fond of Windows, use Windows, don't be trying to ruin Linux. Ubuntu is already more like Windows than Linux.

    • Pushkar Y
      October 20, 2013 at 6:38 am

      @badbrad: I know repository method seems really good and in fact it is, but when it fails (due to unavailability) then it is a pain in the ass to install from other sources, downloading some .zip files compiling them in command prompt and all, I hope you understand my point

      compatibility with some games and softwares like picasa, MS office (which is unlikely to happen), when I installed pear OS 7 (ubuntu based), first I read so many articles on how to install Office in wine after wasting many days I found about the playonlinux guide and though I was able to install and run office but then there was "default" application issue.

      I think you will agree that alternatives are less, even the overall no. of software available, even picasa support is stopped now :(


      @dragonmouth: god, fanboys everywhere!
      a person can't just post anything on the internet without being harassed by fanboys, right!
      I didn't mean to say that GUI for Linux came yesterday or last year, what I meant was that despite not having a big capital like microsoft linux has come a long way and believe me I have tried Ubuntu 11 and 12 and it was no match for windows 7 in terms of performance.
      what do you mean by "don’t be trying to ruin Linux", I was just expressing my opinion dude, it's not that I will go to the developers and then force them to insert a .exe like support by putting a gun on their temple
      if you hate Ubuntu so much that it is becoming more user-friendly to attract "users like me, afraid to try Linux" then go build a OS, distribute it and keep using it till the end of the world, SIMPLE
      I think if you had everyone to do as you pleased, then there wouldn't have been windows or mac OSX and I am pretty sure you love android and hate iOS and windows phone.

      and I hope I get my line breaks in the comment O:)

    • vijai kumar
      October 20, 2013 at 10:37 am

      Try kingsoft office my friend. Unless you use too many equations it is the right office suite for you and it is free. Try noobslab for any help in installing packages. Having some idea about terminal wouldn't kill you. Windows also has a terminal called command prompt. Now they have powershell which works much more like bash. I would suggest for a basic user like you to stick to kingsoft office.

    • Pushkar Y
      October 20, 2013 at 11:37 am

      @yeah: I heard new libre office is also worth it, I will try them as of now I am waiting for the next pear OS release becuase my current install in broken somehow (seriously, I had to waste some 3-4 days to figure how to get a new shell [or UI], I don't know what happened or what I was doing, but I could log-in my default pear shell, then it shows the desktop wallpaper and then hangs there, just like that, mouse working but no UI shows up ever.
      but yeah thanks for the tip, I will try it once I am done with my CA exams :)

  4. Md Mukhtar M
    October 18, 2013 at 5:24 am

    Downloaded and installed it within few hours of release but now i am getting hard disk mounting error which i do not use to get in earlier versions .