Kubuntu 13.04 Alpha 1 (Raring Ringtail) was announced yesterday without much pomp and circumstance and today we get the first glimpse at the new operating system from Canonical.
As everybody knows by now, Canonical has decided to skip the milestone releases for Ubuntu and there will only be a single version made available before the official launch date on March 28, 2013, namely FinalBetaRelease.
Other Ubuntu flavors, such as Kubuntu for example, are not bound by these new rules and will continue to release intermediate milestones.
“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 Raring Ringtail,” states the official announcement.
The first daily build of Kubuntu 13.04 was based on KDE SC 4.9.2 and had Linux kernel 126.96.36.199.19, Samba 3.6.6, Calligra 2.5.91, and Amarok 2.6.0.
The latest testing release of KDE's Plasma Workspaces and Applications brings a new screen locker, Qt Quick notifications, color correction in Gwenview, and faster indexing in the semantic desktop. From an Alpha 1 installation, users will be able to upgrade to KDE 4.10.0, when it is released.
Kubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail) is set to launch in April 2013.
“I am a ring-tailed roarer. I can draw faster, shoot straighter, ride harder, and drink longer than any man alive. I'm the rip-snortinest cowboy that ever rode North, South, East or West of the Rio Grande.” – Pecos Bill, Tall Tale 1995.
Download Kubuntu 13.04 Alpha 1 (Raring Ringtail) right now from Softpedia. Remember that this is a beta version and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended for testing purposes only.