Ubuntu 13.10 is now available for download

The latest version of Canonical's free OS dubbed "Saucy Salamander" comes with improved visuals, as well as a lot of other minor optimizations and fixes. Ubuntu Touch is now officially available for most Nexus devices.

Canonical announced yesterday the "Saucy Salamander" Ubuntu release with support for desktop computers, servers and cloud users as usual but also featuring a touch enabled version for mobile devices. According to the official announcement, Ubuntu 13.10 "includes the first true mobile release of Ubuntu, enabling OEMs, carriers and silicon vendors to integrate Ubuntu for mobile devices in 2014".

Ubuntu 13.10 "Saucy Salamander" provides a lot of minor improvements and fixes but it does not offer any major changes. These are the highlights of this new version:

  • Smart Scopes - the improved Web search in the Dash ads results for Wikipedia, Reddit, eBay, Grooveshark and other online services (over 50), next to the regular file and app search results
  • Interface changes - 18 new wallpapers and a new desktop background, as well as minor changes to the File Manager 
  • Software updates - new versions of Rhythmbox, LibreOffice, Files, and Disks
  • Ubuntu One cloud storage - now the user can sign in (or sign up for a new account) during the installation process

In addition to the above, Ubuntu 13.10 requires less memory and has lower graphics requirements than before. The major changes expected now by many users will arrive in April 2014, once Ubuntu 14.04 LTS codenamed "Trusty Tahr" gets released.

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Codrut Nistor, 2013-10-18 (Update: 2013-10-18)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.