Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander is Out and Ready to Download

The newest version of Ubuntu 13.10 with codename “Saucy Salamander” was released few days ago by canonical and come with many features as in the previous releases. It need 6 long months in development the Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander is finally available to download. What’s interesting about new Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander?

Smart Scopes

Ubuntu 13.10 smart scope

One of the key components of the Unity desktop shell is the Dash, the desktop overlay that enables the user to browse and search  through a massive amount of data sources ranging from local folders, locally-stored music tracks to Wikipedia and deviantART due to the newly-implemented Smart Scopes Project. The Dash can be expanded with custom views, called Scopes (formerly Lenses), that extend it with additional information. Since the initial introduction of the Dash, the search system has gradually evolved to operate like a kind of virtual storefront. In response to certain queries, it will recommend music from the Ubuntu One Music Store and products from Amazon, generating affiliate revenue for Canonical.

In Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander, theUnity  Dash has been imprinted with the capacity of mixing one of the most important and useful data sources, permitting search actions in a matter of seconds.

Ubuntu 13.10 without XMir by Default

XMir has not made it into Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander  since it’s not very stable, so X.org is still the underlying display server. the Ubuntu developers changed their mind and XMir isn’t used in the default Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander installation “due to some outstanding technical difficulties”. Basically, XMir is not yet totally prepared for the ubuntu desktop, one in every of the largest problems being the multi-monitor support which does not work properly for now.  But, Mir and XMir are accessible in the repositories therefore users will still take a look at this if they want (note: it solely works with open source drivers for now!)

However, you can try Mir by following these instructions from the Ubuntu Wiki.

Default Apps Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander

Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy salamander includes the Ubuntu Linux Kernel 3.11.0-12.19  based on the upstream Linux Kernel 3.11.3 , Xorg server 1.14.3 and Mesa 9.2.1.

Ubuntu 13.10 ships with  GNOME 3.8 for the most part, the only GNOME 3.6 packages being Epiphany, GNOME Terminal and GNOME System Settings (as well as GNOME Panel, but that’s not installed by default).

Firefox 24.0 is still the default browser for Ubuntu 13.10. Other default applications installed with this release include version 24.0 of the Thunderbird email client and the LibreOffice office productivity suite.  Also included are Shotwell 0.15.0 (photo manager), Brasero 3.8.0 (CD/DVD burner) and Rhythmbox 2.99.1 (music player), Empathy 3.8.4, Nautilus 3.8.2 (file manager), Totem 3.8.2, GNOME Contacts 3.8.3, Gedit 3.8.3, Brasero 3.8.0, Rhythmbox 2.99.1, Deja Dup 27.3.1, Transmission 2.82, Remmina 1.0.0 and Ubuntu Sofware Center 13.10, on top of Compiz 0.9.10+13.10, Unity 7.1.2+13.10

Other Changes in Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander

  • Ubuntu One login has been added to the Ubuntu installer;
  • New keyboard indicator;
  • New default wallpaper which follows the same colors scheme as the previous ones.
  • Revamped Privacy & Security Control Center panel;
  • Initial Optimus support with a new “nvidia-prime” package (not installed by default but it’s available in the repositories)
  • Theme improvements such as dark toolbars for GNOME 3 applications (Nautilus, Evince, Font Viewer, GNOME Clocks, GNOME Documents, Epiphany etc.

Download Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander

Here is the link for the download of Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander and derivative official: 

Source | Saucy ReleaseNote | Webupd8 blog | Ars Technica 

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