10 July, 2013: Ubuntu 13.10: daily image review [or] status of Ubuntu Saucy Salamander [or] How stable is 13.10 [or] Ubuntu 13.10 daily sanity report

Its been more than a week since the last Ubuntu Saucy 13.10 daily image update and its now its time for yet another update. From last update dated 1 July, 2013, things had been quite hectic and so I was not able to create a post with the update in between. So, in this post, I’ll provide the delta in both the updates.

Now for the update on 10 July, 2013 of the Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander, there are quite a few things I see changed:

Summary: Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander : 10 July, 2013
Unity : Unity 7.0.2 (from 7.0.1) , Unity compositor 0.144 (from main)<br /> Xorg : 1.14.1-0+xmir1 (from 1.13.1-0+xmir1)
10 July, 2013 review
Date Published: 07/10/2013
1. Lot of updates to the Xorg base w.r.t open source drivers. Also, XMir bindings get an updated version.<br /> 2. Unity compositor gets updated. I felt a better user experience. Maybe its just me, maybe it really is an improvement!<br /> 3. Minor churn out on Linux Kernel. Though there are not much changes to the explicit UI look and feel, I found the user experience to be more pleasant compared to the last update. Lot of performance fixes seems to have gone in and the Apps open up and run smooth. Browsers respond well to script intensive sites.
4.5 / 5 stars

As far as the update on 6 July, 2013, there was not much in terms of updates. The major updates went in a day before.

Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander : 6 July, 2013
Things changed: Kernel: 3.10.0-2.9 Unity : Updates specific to Unity scopes Xorg : 7.7+1ubuntu5
6 July, 2013 review
Date Published: 07/06/2013
1. Not lot of changes. 2. Few updates to Unity Scopes, Xorg 3. Minor churn out on Linux Kernel Visibly, I didn't see much in terms of simplified user experience.
4 / 5 stars

 

Now for the Sanity Results of Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy as on 10 July, 2013:

 

TestResultRemarks
InstallPASSNone.
Boot UpPASSNone. Now dual booting with Ubuntu 13.04 as selectable option
Unity workflowPASSThe double click to launch workflow kind of feels tiresome.
App InstallPASSInstalled Ubuntu Touch SDK and related Libraries. Went without a glitch. Will post more on it later.
KDE App InstallPASSNone Installed this time.

 

Verdict:
After this update, Ubuntu 13.10 still runs without major issues.
I saw a few minor issues:
  • The performance issues that I noted in the verdict of the last update seems to have improved now. Specifially, starting Remmina from Unity Dash was much quicker.
  • Also, the Browser performance issues when running script intensive sites has improved.
Can I install daily image of Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy and still have my laptop in one piece?
 
Works for me, Yes. You could too, with obvious Disclaimer that I’m nor responsible for any known or unknown damages to your system. This is still not even an alpha build, and if something breaks, you get to keep both the halves :)
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Until next update, happy testing and experiencing Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy!!

 

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