Canonical, through Stéphane Graber, announced a few minutes ago, December 6, the immediate availability for download and testing of the first Alpha release for the upcoming Edubuntu 13.04 and Kubuntu 13.04 operating systems.First of all, we would like to remind everyone that the Ubuntu operating system will not be available for testing as an Alpha release, as it was decided at the UDS (Ubuntu Developer Summit) for Raring Ringtail.
The first and only development version for Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail) will be a Beta release, which will see the light of day on March 28, 2013.
And now let’s get back to today’s Alpha releases of Kubuntu 13.04 and Edubuntu 13.04. While the first one brings only the KDE 4.10 Beta desktop environment, the second one features Mozilla Firefox 18 Beta, Mozilla Thunderbird 17, LibreOffice 3.6.2, and Unity 6.12.
Moreover, Edubuntu 13.04 Alpha 1 adds new applications, such as VYM (View Your Mind), Klavaro (Touch Typing Tutor), Krecipes (the KDE Cookbook), Gramps (Genealogical Research and Analysis Management Programming System), Chemtool (Chemical Structures Drawing), Fritzing (Electronics Design) and the Einstein puzzle game.
“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.” said Stéphane Graber in the mailing list announcement.
Both releases are powered by Linux kernel 3.7 and are available for download as Live DVD ISO images, supporting both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures.
Download Edubuntu 13.04 Alpha 1 right now from Softpedia. Also, you can download Kubuntu 13.04 Alpha 1 from Softpedia, just remember that this is a development release and it should not be installed on production machines. It is intended for testing purposes only.