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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RE[3]: Real News agout an OS
by lemur2 on Mon 21st Oct 2013 08:42 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Real News agout an OS"
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but that doesn't really matter when the state of AMD graphics support on Linux is so so so so so so so so so so bad.. When I used to be a gamer (10 years ago) the ATI card I had at the time was excellent.. ohh how this experience has completely smashed any dreams I had of my previous experience...

While the driver state from AMD is improving it is not improving fast enough... and the damage has already been done to AMD reputation. I will NEVER buy a HP or anything with an AMD graphics chip.. it's absolutely shocking.


Au contraire, I have just installed Kubuntu 13.10 on my laptop with AMD Mobility Radeon graphics, it worked out of the box with support for OpenGL 3.1. To enable the new dynamic power management support I had to add one boot-time parameter to the linux command line options in grub "radeon.dpm=1". For some reason Ubuntu is missing a library file to get UVD hardware video acceleration working, so I had to install a library file from a PPA.

That is the total extent of problems with radeon graphics in the latest release, and they aren't really problems in the sense that the graphics will work (less well, but still work) without taking these steps. The graphics performance isn't up to full possible high-end gaming speed yet, but it is just fine for desktop usage, for that it works very well indeed.

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