Canonical announced that the first 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) Alpha has been officially released for a few of the Ubuntu flavors.
This is a very strange announcement to make. Canonical hasn’t actually announced that Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) Alpha 1 has been released because they have given up on the Alpha version last year.
We could consider the current daily build to be the first Alpha version of Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander), especially knowing that Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, and Ubuntu Kylin are built on Ubuntu, and they’ve released development versions.
“This alpha features images for Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, and Ubuntu Kylin. Pre-releases of Saucy Salamander are *not* encouraged for anyone needing a stable system or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even frequent breakage.”
“They are, however, recommended for Ubuntu developers and those who want to help in testing, reporting and fixing bugs as we work towards getting this release ready,” stated Canonical’s Kate Stewart on the official mailing list.
If you are a regular user, you might want to hold off from the installation, unless you want to test it and to send your feedback to Canonical.
“Alpha 1 includes a number of software updates that are ready for wider testing. This is quite an early set of images, so you should expect some bugs.
“While these Alpha 1 images have been tested and work, except as noted in the release notes, Ubuntu developers are continuing to improve Saucy Salamander,” said Kate Stewart.
If you plan to report bugs for the new Ubuntu 13.10, you should always make sure that you have updated you operating system.
More details about this release can be found in the official announcement.
Remember that this is a Development version and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended for testing purposes only.