What is UbuntuKylin ?

The objective of the UbuntuKylin project is to create a variant of Ubuntu that is more suitable for Chinese users. We are committed to provide you with a delicate, thoughtful and fully customized Chinese user experience out-of-the-box. For instance, by providing a desktop user interface localized in Chinese and installing common software that Chinese users commonly use by default. UbuntuKylin has been a formal member of the Ubuntu family, since UbuntuKylin 13.04. Now, we are working on 13.10.

New Features in UbuntuKylin 13.10 Beta 1 Release

In this Beta Release, the Linux Kernel was updated to 3.11-rc7. Also, many other applications were also updated.

Notice: Beta release is not a stable system, it's only for UbuntuKylin developers and users who want to help us testing.

New Features

  • System Customization, provides new grub selection and slideshow for 13.10.

  • youker-assistant, provides an simple but powerful way for users to use and manage their systems. It should be welcome by most common or nonprofessional Linux users.

  • unity-china-video-scope, shows Chinese video results searched from youku service (a popular video search engine in China) on Dash.

  • unity-china-photo-scope, shows Chinese photo results searched from Sogou service (a popular photo search engine in China) on Dash.

  • WPS for UbuntuKylin 13.10, a new WPS version for 13.10 Users.

System Requirements

A Pentium II or Celeron system with 512 MB of RAM is probably a bottom-line configuration that may yield slow yet usable system with a standard UbuntuKylin desktop.

13.10 32 bit ISO require your CPU to have Physical Address Extensions, or PAE. "PAE is provided by Intel Pentium Pro and above CPUs, including all later Pentium-series processors (except most 400 MHz-bus versions of the Pentium M)." - If you have a NON-PAE CPU and would like to install Ubuntu 12.10, please see this link or you can use Ubuntu 12.04 instead. For Intel based Macs, UbuntuKylin 13.10 should run on all models.



  • The Release ISO can be downloaded from here.

To upgrade from UbuntuKylin 13.04 on a desktop system:

  • Open Software Sources.
  • Press Alt+F2 and type in "update-manager -d" (without the quotes) into the command box.
  • Update Manager should open up and tell you: New distribution release '13.10' is available.
  • Click Upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions.

Known Issues

UbuntuKylin Desktop

  • Fcitx can't input Chinese words in Dash unless the length is more than 6 words(1219432)

  • Upgrade to chinese-calendar 0.8.0 in Saucy(1217780)

Installation and Updates

  • The standalone installer has several extra top panels (1207890)

  • The desktop image installer cannot unlock existing encrypted (LUKS) volumes. If you need to make use of existing encrypted volumes during partitioning, then use the "Try Ubuntu without installing" boot option to start a live session, open the encrypted volumes (for example, by clicking on their icons in the Unity launcher), enter your password when prompted to unlock them, close them again, and run ubiquity to start the installer. (1066480)

  • ARM OMAP4 machines will sometimes boot to a black screen during installation. It's likely that the system has booted fine, but you will need to switch to another tty then back to tty7 (Ctrl+Alt+F1 and then Alt+F7) to get graphics. (1065902)

  • On a mac with an external display can not run in framebuffer mode error occurs on the 2nd reboot onwards. (1066883)

  • When using installer to upgrade or reinstall an existing installation with encrypted swap, the installer may fail to reuse the partition. A warning will be shown, however the installation can be completed. The installed system will not have swap activated and users are advised to recreate swap on their systems. Please see advice about adding and activating swap at: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SwapFaq (1172002)

  • Installs on very small memory systems may fail to start or exit without completing with no error. It is recommended that swap be created before install for such systems. Please see advice about adding and activating swap at: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SwapFaq (1172161)

  • In rare circumstances the 'Next' button on the installer 'Install Type' screen is non-functional. This is intermittent and may be resolved by hitting 'Back' and retrying. (1172572)


  • On some systems, when opening lid, there is a kerneloops with a suspend/resume failure message seen. (1054732)


  • In order to improve compatibility with other local nameserver packages, NetworkManager now assigns IP address to the local nameserver process that it controls instead of If the system's /etc/resolv.conf is absent or is a static file instead of the symbolic link to ../run/resolvconf/resolv.conf installed by default then this static file will have to be updated by the administrator in order to continue using the NetworkManager-controlled nameserver.


Thanks to everyone involving in the development of UbuntuKylin, the success of UbuntuKylin 13.10 would the result of our joint efforts. If you want to be a contributor of UbuntuKylin,see: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuKylin/NewContributorGuide

UbuntuKylin/1310-beta-1-ReleaseNote (last edited 2013-09-05 23:06:37 by maclin.jun)