The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the final beta release of Ubuntu
13.04 Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products.

Codenamed "Raring Ringtail", 13.04 continues Ubuntu's proud tradition
of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a
high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution.  The team has been hard
at work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs.

Together with Ubuntu 13.04, Kubuntu, Edubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu and
Ubuntu Studio also reached Final Beta status today.  We also welcome
two new flavors, Ubuntu Gnome and UbuntuKylin, which are participating
in the Ubuntu release process for the first time this cycle.

Ubuntu, Ubuntu Server, and Cloud Images

Some of the new features available in Ubuntu 13.04 Final Beta are:

 * Raring Beta 2 includes the 3.8.0-16.26 Ubuntu Linux kernel which
   is based on the v3.8.5 upstream Linux kernel.

 * Unity has been updated to version 6.12.

Please see for


 * KDE SC 4.10.2
 * Muon Suite 2
 * Homerun, Oxygen Font, Krita
 * Slick new look for the installer

Please see for


For details on what has changed in Edubuntu 13.04, please refer to .


New features in Xubuntu Beta 2 include:

 * Documentation is updated to 13.04
 * New version of Catfish (0.6.1) is included and fixes a lot of bugs
 * More updates for the Greybird theme

For more details on what has changed in Xubuntu 13.04, please refer to .


For information about the changes in Lubuntu 13.04, please go to .

Ubuntu Studio

Ubuntu Studio has had many bug fixes applied since Beta 1.
When compared to 12.10, it has a rewritten icon theme, new wallpapers,
new ubiquity, some new applications, an updated -lowlatency kernel and
much more.

See for the
release notes.

Ubuntu GNOME

 * In coordination with the Ubuntu Desktop Team, we have decided to stick
   with GNOME 3.6 for Ubuntu 13.04. For an overview of what's new in
   GNOME 3.6, please see
 * For more information about the GNOME3 PPAs which offer an early look at
   GNOME 3.8, please see
 * Default apps have changed since Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10.
   - Firefox instead of GNOME Web (Epiphany)
   - Ubuntu Software Center and Update Manager instead of GNOME
     Software (gnome-packagekit)
   - LibreOffice instead of Abiword and Gnumeric
   - The other apps are still available for install; they just aren't
     included in the default install.


UbuntuKylin has had several bug fixes applied to chinese-calendar and
indicator-china-weather, made fctix as default and improved the theme since
Beta 1. For more information about UbuntuKylin 13.04, please see:

About Ubuntu

Ubuntu is a full-featured Linux distribution for clients, servers and
clouds, with a fast and easy installation and regular releases.  A
tightly-integrated selection of excellent applications is included, and
an incredible variety of add-on software is just a few clicks away.

Professional technical support is available from Canonical Limited and
hundreds of other companies around the world.  For more information
about support, visit .

If you would like to help shape Ubuntu, take a look at the list of ways
you can participate at: .

Your comments, bug reports, patches and suggestions really help us to
improve this and future releases of Ubuntu.   Instructions can be
found at: .

To Get Ubuntu 13.04 Final Beta

To upgrade to the Ubuntu 13.04 Final Beta from Ubuntu 12.10, follow
these instructions:

Or, download Ubuntu 13.04 Beta images from a location near you: (Ubuntu and Ubuntu Server) .

In addition they can be found at the following links: (Ubuntu, Ubuntu Server)
  (Ubuntu Cloud Images)
  (Ubuntu community supported images, source)
  (Ubuntu Core) (Ubuntu Netboot)
  (Ubuntu Studio)
  (Ubuntu GNOME)

The final version of Ubuntu 13.04 is expected to be released
on April 25, 2013.

More Information

You can find out more about Ubuntu and about this beta release on our
website, IRC channel and wiki.

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