13.10 GPL v3    
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An Ubuntu-derived distribution built on top of the KDE Software Compilation (KDE) environment

editor's review




Welcome to the Saucy Salamander edition of Kubuntu, an open source distribution of Linux derived from the world's most popular free operating system, Ubuntu, and built around the KDE Plasma Workspaces and Applications desktop environment.

Now available only for the 64-bit and 32-bit platforms

Kubuntu 13.10 was officially announced by Canonical on October 17, 2013 and it is supported with software updates and the latest security patches until July 2014. It can be downloaded only as two Live DVD ISO images, one for each of the supported architectures, 64-bit and 32-bit.

The boot loader has not been modified from the previous release of this KDE-based distribution, still allowing the user to try or install the operating system using its unique welcome screen. In addition, it is possible to start a memory (RAM) diagnostic test, check the integrity of the bootable medium (only if using a DVD media), and boot an existing OS from the local drive.

Following on the steps of Kubuntu 13.04

This Kubuntu release follows on the steps of the previous edition, which means that the default functionality and look of the KDE desktop environment has not been modified, providing users with the same modern and productive graphical desktop interface.

Default applications include the Krita digital painting software, Okular document viewer, Rekonq web browser, Gwenview image viewer, KMail email client, LibreOffice office suite, Kamoso picture retriever, KTorrent BitTorrent client, KDE IM Contacts instant messenger, Akregator RSS reader, Quassel IRC client, Amarok audio player, K3b CD/DVD burning software, Dragon Player video player, and Kexi database creator.

Bottom line

In conclusion, Kubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) is yet another great release of this wonderful Ubuntu flavor that uses the latest KDE technologies and provides users with a stable, modern and productive operating system suitable for home users and small offices.

Kubuntu was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on May 23rd, 2014
Kubuntu - The default desktop environment of the Kubuntu 13.10 Linux operating system.

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