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Ubuntu’s New Mobile And Desktop Icon Theme Gets Shown Off

Untitled 2It’s been a long time coming but work a revamped set of icons for the Ubuntu desktop is underway in 14.04 – and we’ve got screenshots.

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Jolicloud Desktop, OS To Be Discontinued In December

jolideUpdates to the Jolicloud OS, based on Ubuntu 10.04, and the Jolicloud desktop environment, available for Ubuntu 12.04 and up through a PPA, will be discontinued in December of this year.

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Experimental Ubuntu Touch Emulator Released

ubuntu-touch-tileAn experimental Ubuntu Touch emulator has been released today.

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Finalized Ubuntu 13.10 Releases are now Available for Download

The long wait for the latest stable version of Ubuntu is finally over. Now you can download your favorite UI version of Ubuntu 13.10, try out the Phone Edition, and grab a copy of the official manual using the compiled set of download links we have put together for your convenience.

Download Links

Ubuntu 13.10 Unity Edition (Desktop) Note: You made need to scroll down the page part way to find the download link.
Ubuntu 13.10 Server Edition Note: You made need to scroll down the page part way to find the download link.

Phone Edition

For those who are adventurous and want to give the Phone Edition a try, you can learn more details about it and download it via the links below. Keep in mind that this particular release is still focused more towards developers, industry partners, and enthusiasts versus general usage at this time.
Instructions for Installing Ubuntu on a Phone Note: Also lists the two devices currently supported for installing the system on.
[Ubuntu Phone Edition Reference via The Next Web]


You can download the official manual for the new release as well! When you visit the download page, use the three options/choices to get the particular version of the manual you want.
[Ubuntu Manual Reference via Softpedia]

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10 Things to Do After Installing Ubuntu 13.04!!!

After installing or upgrading to the latest version of Ubuntu you find yourself wondering what to do next. No worries, here’s our list of 10 things to do after installing Ubuntu 13.04.
These range from the obvious (but often forgotten) to the obscure (but super handy). Each entry aims to help all users, newcomer and seasoned-pro alike, get the most from Ubuntu.

1. See What’s Changed

Whether Ubuntu 13.04 is your first taste or you’re coming back for more, it helps to know what has changed on the desktop.
And while Ubuntu 13.04 isn’t as heavy on new features as previous releases have made us accustomed to, it does adds some much needed finesse and polish to the desktop experience.
To get you up to speed we’ve compiled a selection of the key features of ubuntu 13.04  into a bouncy little video…


2. Enable Additional Drivers

 Ubuntu works well with most modern hardware out of the box, but you may want to enable third-party drivers to get the best performance.

This is a must if you’re looking to play games from Steamwatch high-definition video; or just generally want a more peppy-feeling and responsive desktop.
Some WiFi Cards also require ‘proprietary’ driversto function properly.
But you don’t need to take to the web to hunt down drivers. Just open the Software Sources app via the Dash (or through System Settings) and click the ‘Additional Drivers‘ tab to see what’s available for your device.

3. Enable Music & Video Playback

For legal reasons Ubuntu isn’t able to play certain music and film formats by default.
The good news is that installing what’s needed to enable this is a just a click or so away.
If you’re reading this before installing Ubuntu then check the ’Enable Restricted Formats’ box during initial set-up.
If you’re reading after install, no worries – just hit the button below to install the most commonly used audio and video codecs.

Install Third-Party Codecs

4. Add & Manage Your Online Accounts

Ubuntu comes with a centralised hub for your online accounts. Rather than having to manually enter log-in details for every app, you just add it once to ‘Online Accounts’ so other applications can use the data securely.
A new feature in Ubuntu 13.04 lets you choose which applications can use which online account. Don’t want Empathy to login to Facebook Chat? Switch it off. Fed up of your Google Docs in the Dash? Disable it.
Services supported include Twitter, Google, Yahoo!, Facebook (including Facebook Chat), Flickr, and many more.
Apps that ‘hook in’ to Online Accounts include Ubuntu’s instant messaging app Empathy; the new Social lens; and photo manager Shotwell.

5. Install Your Favourite Apps

Ubuntu comes pre-installed with a wide selection of software – including a fully-featured office suite, music and video apps, web-browser, etc.
But one-size doesn’t fit all; there may be another app you prefer using or need. Just open the Ubuntu Software Center to browse and install thousands of free applications, including popular choices like:
  • Chromium – Open-source version of Google Chrome web-browser
  • GIMP – Free Photoshop alternative
  • Skype – Instant Messaging & Video Chat App
  • Hotot – Desktop twitter app
  • VLC – Popular media player

6. Adjust Your Privacy Settings

To speed up your workflow the Unity Dash offers you an overview of your recent application and file activity. Handy, for sure, but there might be files, folders or activities that you don’t want tracked.
Along with an “Off” switch, the Privacy options available in the System Settings lets you choose what content is logged and what isn’t. Further more it offers up buttons to ‘clear’ data from given periods.

7. Blur The Lines Between Web & Desktop

A lot of people forget that Ubuntu comes with an innovative web-app integration feature. Over 30 popular websites – including Gmail, YouTube & BBC News – are supported.
For example, add GMail and you get fancy Gmail options in the Launcher and Messaging Menu; enable BBC News and you’ll get notification alerts on new headlines, and so on. 

8. Axe Amazon Suggestions

Ubuntu’s new ‘Smart Scopes’ service wasn’t ready in time for Ubuntu 13.04, so the Dash isn’t as clever as it should be. Meaning that, yes, Amazon product suggestions will appear in the Dash for whatever you search.
The good news is that feature can be switched off with a click, so there’s no need to avoid using Ubuntu altogether.
Open the Privacy pane of System Settings and set the ‘Include Online Search Results’ toggle to ‘Off’.

Be aware that switching this ‘off’ will also affect other lenses that require an internet connection – including the Music lens and Social lens.
Our tip? If you want to keep everything else working, but don’t want Amazon result, just open the Ubuntu Software Center, search for ‘shopping lens’ to find it, then hit the ‘remove’ button to uninstall it permanently.

9. Set up Ubuntu One

If you’ve not heard of Ubuntu One by now then you’re missing out! It’s a free cloud-storage service available for everyone. You get 5GB of space for free in-which to store files, photos, music and more.
There are apps for iOS, Android, Windows, and OS X, so no-matter what computer you’re on you can have your life in sync and in reach wherever you are or whatever you’re doing.
To get started hit the ‘Ubuntu One’ icon on the Launcher and follow the prompts that appear.
If you already have an Ubuntu One account then hit the ‘Sign In’ button to start syncing your files to your new desktop.

10. Spread The Word about Ubuntu 13.04

This item on our to-do list is a little cheesy, but it’s an important one: If you like what you see, and find Ubuntu 13.04 useful then put sharing word of it on your to-do list.
Whether you just post about it on Twitter, Facebook or Google+, or actively burn a LiveDVD for a family member to try out, you’ll be not only helping others explore their options, but you’ll also be helping Ubuntu.
Don’t forget to enjoy using it, too. Go Check your Facebook or Google+ profile; chat to your mates on Empathy; type up a letter in LibreOffice or find some awesome cat videos in the Unity Video Lens.