Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail) Beta 2 released

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 Final Beta 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 https://wiki.ubuntu.com/RaringRingtail/TechnicalOverview for details.


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

Please see https://wiki.kubuntu.org/RaringRingtail/Beta2/Kubuntu for details.


For details on what has changed in Edubuntu 13.04, please refer to
http://www.edubuntu.org .


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 http://xubuntu.org/news/raring-beta2/ .


For information about the changes in Lubuntu 13.04, please go to https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu .

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 https://wiki.ubuntu.com/RaringRingtail/Beta2/UbuntuStudio 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 https://help.gnome.org/misc/release-notes/3.6/
  • For more information about the GNOME3 PPAs which offer an early look at GNOME 3.8, please see https://wiki.ubuntu.com/RaringRingtail/TechnicalOverview
  • 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, fctix has been made the default and the theme has been improved 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 http://www.ubuntu.com/support .

If you would like to help shape Ubuntu, take a look at the list of ways you can participate at: http://www.ubuntu.com/community/participate .

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

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:

http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/download (Ubuntu and Ubuntu Server) .

In addition they can be found at the following links:

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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Originally posted to the ubuntu-announce mailing list on Fri Apr 5 04:49:04 UTC 2013 by Steve Langasek

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2 Responses to “Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail) Beta 2 released”

  1. Surgio Says:

    this may be self-explanatory … if i am running a nightly of 13.04. are the updates enough, or should I wipe and reload the newest beta ?

  2. akgraner Says:

    If you are updating consistently then the updates will be enough. That means if you are updating daily and you update on Beta day then you will then be running the Beta.

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