Welcome to the Raring Ringtail edition of Ubuntu Server, a special and open source Ubuntu flavor tailored for people who want to deploy a specific server system with minimum effort and in a shortest time as possible. It is heavily based on the upstream Debian GNU/Linux technologies.
Supported hardware platforms and availability
Ubuntu Server 13.04 was officially announced by Canonical on April 25, 2013 and supported until January 27, 2014. It is available for download as installable only ISO images for the 64-bit, 64-bit Mac, 32-bit and ARM Hard Float TI OMAP4 hardware platforms.
Once again, the boot loader hasn't really changed much since Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin), allowing the user to permanently install the distribution on a local drive or on multiple machines using the MAAS tool, rescue a broken OS, boot an existing operating system from the first disk, perform a memory test, and check the integrity of the bootable medium (only if using a CD media).
The text-mode installation process of Ubuntu Server is painless
As mentioned in previous reviews of this product, the text-mode installation process is painless, as the user will only need to choose a language, location and keyboard layout, enter a hostname, set up users, passwords and timezone, partition the disk, select and install software, as well as to install the boot loader on a hard disk.
A wide range of server-specific packages
As usual, at the "Software Selection" step of the installer you can select and install various server-specific packages, such as OpenSSH server, DNS server, LAMP server, Mail server, PostgreSQL database server, Print server, Samba file server, Tomcat Java server, or Virtual Machine host.
In conclusion, Ubuntu Server 13.04 (Raring Ringtail) proved to be another stable and reliable version of this Debian-based server oriented operating system. Unfortunately, it is no longer supported and has been archived for historical purposes only.