Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Oct 2013 22:05 UTC, submitted by Drumhellar
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu

After the customary six months of incubation, Ubuntu 13.10 - codenamed Saucy Salamander - has hatched. The new version of the popular Linux distribution brings updated applications and several new features, including augmented search capabilities in the Unity desktop shell.

Although Saucy Salamander offers some useful improvements, it's a relatively thin update. XMir, the most noteworthy item on the 13.10 roadmap, was ultimately deferred for inclusion in a future release. Canonical's efforts during the Saucy development cycle were largely focused on the company's new display server and upcoming Unity overhaul, but neither is yet ready for the desktop.

It's also the first version available for phones. Well, for the Nexus 4.

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Ubuntu Server
by evert on Fri 18th Oct 2013 09:39 UTC
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I accidentally installed Ubuntu Server yesterday, unaware of the fact they just released it earlier that day.

The installation was easy and straightforward. In fact, I liked it better then Scientific Linux 6.4 (RHEL clone), but I still use SL when security (SELinux) and stability are top priority.

The text-based installer of Ubuntu gives more flexibility in choosing (groups of packages). Also installing daemons is easier, as they are configured to start on bootup automatically, and also started after installation immediately. Basically, it's more geared to ease of use, with more packages available in the repo, so it might be a better choice when you have a test or development system or a server that is not exposed too much to the outside world. AppArmor delivers much of the same as SELinux does, although the latter is more secure. Still I have more trust in RHEL for exposed production systems. I remember Grub troubles and Plymouth nightmares from earlier Ubuntu Server days.

Also I have a Windows 2012 server installation. Well... the differences between Ubuntu Server and RHEL are negligible in comparison. Let's not talk about installation and the update system, that's already bad enough for Windows Server, but in the table below, I've already set win2012 low on RAM while the other two have plenty of free memory.

OS VM Memory in KiB
win2012 exchange 5242880
SL 6.4 mailfilter 1048576
SL 6.4 www 2097152

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