Lilbits (6-27-2013): Creeping toward Ubuntu 13.10

Ubuntu 13.10 isn’t due out until October, but one of the nice things about open source operating systems is that most of the development takes place in public. (I know, Ubuntu’s been getting some flak for working on skunkworks projects, but let’s ignore that for a moment).

Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that you can take early builds of the next-generation of Ubuntu for a spin any time you like. Just don’t expect them to be bug-free.

Technically the main branch of Ubuntu doesn’t do alpha builds anymore, but the first alphas of version 13.10 for a whole bunch of Ubuntu variants launched today.

Kubuntu 13.10 Alpha

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  • Tsais

    So, when is Ubuntu adding a Metro start screen with garishly colored tiles?

    I hope version 13 will also axe the start button, so that nobody in the office will complain if it takes you 3 minutes of smudging the display with your sausage fingers to open a program.

    • Linuxium

      I think you’ll find Metro for Ubuntu was introduced as Unity!


    Imagination will have an uphill battle to make MIPS popular. My only direct experience with MIPS was in a Casio Pocket PC years ago. Software compatibiity was a big problem because other Pocket PC manufacturers were using ARM chips. I am not sure there really is a need for another platform. I am usually all for more competition but with so many vendors using ARM I don’t see any advantage to adding MIPS to the market.
    I was wondering if/when Google would get into the gaming console market. I wonder if they wouldn’t be better off just partnering with a vendor which would make the hardware instead of going it alone. If they really want to get into gaming their first priority should be to add support for wifi and/or blutooth game controllers into the next version of Android.
    Skype integration into Windows 8.1 was predictable. I wonder if Microsoft thinks this will make Windows 8.1 more desirable. I personally think it opens the door for a competitor. The first company that can make a really good alternative to Skype that is not tied to Microsoft, Facebook, Google or Apple could make a lot of money.