I upgraded to Ubuntu 13.04 last month on the day it came out. I’ve been running it since then, and I figured I should do a little write-up here because I usually do when the new one comes out.
Anyway, when I upgraded, I found that everything… worked. This, literally, was the easiest Ubuntu upgrade I’ve done. I usually do a reinstall when I change versions, but I didn’t this time. I just ran my updater and let it go. It took very little time to download the packages, and before I knew it, my computer was running 13.04.
I looked around and noticed some of the polish that Canonical has added to Ubuntu. I also noticed that the upgrade didn’t muck with my already installed apps like Banshee; it didn’t install Rhythmbox and then force me to remove it later. Same with Pidgin! Kudos! The OS has been improved speed-wise, the dash is much more responsive, and I find that apps load a little quicker than they did in 12.10.
Gwibber was replaced by Friends. I had to install Friends, and I must say that it’s working pretty well. I also installed Turpial, Polly, and Birdie, just so I could play with different Twitter clients. Friends is good but has a ways to go yet; I would recommend adding a “@-replies” tab so I can see who’s replied to my messages on my social networks. Oh, and the messaging menu works better with Thunderbird and it works with Pidgin now (again!). Another thing I noticed was better support for my Razor DeathAdder mouse. In 12.10, I noticed that I couldn’t change the speed and it would zoom all over the place if I looked at it wrong. Now I can change the speed in the mouse settings and it seems to work a lot better now. I’d just gotten used to the super-fast mouse acceleration, but being able to turn it down is a great thing. Now, if my new iPod Nano would work…
This release seems to be polishing up the OS. It’s not a huge mega update, but it seems to “just work” and with the announcements of Ubuntu phone and tablet and the work that’s been done to reduce resting RAM usage, I see it only getting better.
I’m not sure if I’ll run an Ubuntu tablet or phone in the near future (I love Android) but having a unified system is a grand idea; one which Apple and Microsoft are trying and I’m not sure if they’re going to be successful.
I’m still digging Unity. It’s still got some niggles (I have to change its size as soon as I update) but I like the keyboard shortcuts and how elegant it looks.
All-in-all, this is a great update. Polish, speed, and simplicity. Also, the whole upgrade process had no issues for me and my hardware.