Welcome to the Saucy Salamander edition of Ubuntu Studio, a free and open source operating system based on the main Ubuntu edition and designed for creative people. It is built around the lightweight Xfce desktop environment.
Available for download as 32-bit/64-bit Live DVDs
Ubuntu Studio 13.10 was officially announced by Canonical on October 17, 2013 along with other Ubuntu flavors. It will be supported with the latest security patches and software updates until July 2014 and can be downloaded as 2.4GB Live DVD ISO images for the 64-bit and 32-bit architectures.
Default boot options include the ability to start the live session without installing anything on your computer, permanently install the operating system on a local drive, boot an existing OS from the first disk, perform a system memory test, and check the integrity of the bootable medium (only if using a DVD media).
Professional and low on resources desktop environment
Ubuntu Studio's desktop environment looks quite professional, considering the fact that it uses the lightweight Xfce desktop environment and not KDE, Unity or GNOME, which are more productive and modern.
State-of-the-art multimedia-specific applications
Among the included application types, we can mention sequencers and synthesizers, Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), a low latency capable audio and midi server, virtual guitar amps, OpenShot, FFmpeg, DVD Styler, Blender, Darktable, and Shotwell.
Default applications include the Mozilla Firefox web browser, Transmission torrent downloader, XChat IRC client, Internet DJ Console live radio streaming client, Audacious audio player, Parole media player, Totem video player, Ubuntu Software Center and Synaptic Package Manager.
Summing up, Ubuntu Studio 13.10 is the sole proof that this operating system reached maturity, especially because of the great suite of applications and its professional design. However, all Ubuntu 13.10 users are urged to upgrade to the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) release as soon as possible.