Ubuntu Saucy SalamanderThe second alpha release branches of Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) and beta version Ubuntu SDK is Available.

Presented a second alpha release Ubuntu 13.10 “Saucy Salamander”. Under the new development plan, has already been tested in the preparation of Ubuntu 13.04, individual alpha build will not be formed, instead of testing is offered daily use experimental assembly. Finished test images created just for Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Xubuntu and Kubuntu. The beta version of Ubuntu 13.10, scheduled for September 26, will be formed as a complete assembly. The release is scheduled for October 17.

Among the features of the new alpha releases

Kubuntu:

– Go to the KDE 4.11 RC1;
– Involvement of Muon Discover a new application to search for and install software.

Ubuntu GNOME:

– Involved a desktop environment GNOME 3.8 (13.04 delivered to GNOME 3.6); given the opportunity to select a session with the implementation of the classic desktop in the style of GNOME 2;
– Discontinued delivery applications Ubuntu Online Accounts, instead of which involved regular means of account management GNOME.

Xubuntu:

– To supply added a package apt-offline, allowing easier access to repositories in low-speed or intermittent network connection.

Lubuntu:

– Using Firefox as the default browser instead Chromium;
– Are excluded from delivery XScreensaver;
– ability to use technology ZRam (placed in the RAM block device where the message is swapped with compression);
– Updated design elements (icons, wallpaper, etc.);
– The Linux kernel has been updated to version 3.10.

Autumn issues Lubuntu and Kubuntu will be supplied with the previously used graphics stack-based components X.Org, without the intervention of an intermediate layer XMir.

At the same time announced the first beta version of the kit Ubuntu SDK, of which included libraries and tools to create new and porting for Ubuntu of existing custom applications based technologies to support Ubuntu as integration with user environment distribution. The main task is to determine the SDK standard set of APIs and libraries that can be used by application developers in the different editions of Ubuntu, including the editions for desktops, mobile devices, and TV.

The structure of SDK, in addition to tools for developing applications using Qt / QML, included components to develop a universal application-based technologies HTML5, based on the framework, Apache Cordova. Another interesting feature of the SDK is to support the format of ‘Click’ packages, which can be set by the user in a single click without tampering with the connected repositories.

For developers, graphic applications on QML provides a set of primitives Responsive Layouts, allowing on-the-fly dynamically adjust the application interface to the current screen resolution and input method used, which allows the application to ensure the correct operation of both devices with small touch-screens, and on desktop systems with large monitors. Also in the SDK tools are available for integration with the Ubuntu-specific infrastructure elements (Launchpad, Bazaar, PPA, Software Center) and system components such as user shell Unity, the insulation system AppArmor and cloud service Ubuntu One (for synchronization of documents and data between applications offered use API U1DB).

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13.10 (Saucy Salamander) Alpha 2 Available

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