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Canonical's pretty good about keeping its Ubuntu Linux distro up to date with frequent releases, the latest of which is Ubuntu 13.04, otherwise known as Raring Ringtail. Now available to download to desktops and servers, version 13.04 is being billed as the "fastest and most visually polished" build to date. Canonical said it particularly focused its attention on fine tuning performance on lightweight systems as it gets ready to launch Ubuntu to a range of mobile devices.
The benefit for all users is that Canonical's focus on lightweight systems means faster response times in casual use and a reduced memory footprint anyone can appreciate, regardless of system specs.
"This release also illustrates Ubuntu’s ongoing commitment to quality and dependability. Our kaizen approach to development as well as community engagement result in a high quality alternative for people worldwide," said Jane Silber, CEO at Canonical. "This release, our 17th on a regular cadence, meets the needs of enterprises, organizations, governments and communities looking for a secure and intuitive computing experience."
Developers who want to test out MIR, which is Canonical's next generation display server, can optionally do so. MIR is what will make it possible to offer a streamlined Ubuntu experience across different devices, such as mobile phones, tablets, and PCs.
Not sure if you want to commit to downloading and installing Ubuntu 13.04? Feel free to give it a test drive in your browser.