Raring Ringtail: First Glance
Ubuntu was my first distro, and despite some brief affairs with Arch, Gentoo and other more nerdy flavours of our penguin themed operating system, it is always what I come back too. Raring Ringtail seems to be another reason to keep it installed. Here is a handy FAQ which should clear up and questions you may have about Ubuntu.
To begin with, Raring Ringtail installs just as smoothly and quickly as its predecessors. Installing it on an old core duo machine and a fancy new i5, the process was clean and comfortable, unlike a certain Microsoft OS I can name. Neither machine had a disk drive so the install was from a flash drive, and on to a cleanly formated hard drive. Here is how to put it on a flash drive.
I have never been a fan of the Unity environment, but in Raring Ringtail I am growing to love it. The new Photo Search Lens works smoothly and effortlessly. I still remove the Amazon search as soon as I install the os. If you are not a fan of it, simply use the command:
sudo apt-get remove unity-lens-shopping
In the terminal and restart. This is best done while you do the necessary updates.
The new icons are simply beautiful, and bring Unity up to the visual standards of OSX. The shut down and log off transparent dialog is simply beautiful, and is a very welcome addition. The new window animations are also simply gorgeous.
As always, Ubuntu comes with all the free software you could need for day to day work. Preinstalled application on Ubuntu Raring Ringtail are: LibreOffice 220.127.116.11 (office suite); Firefox 20.0 (browser); Thunderbird 17.0.5 (email client); Rythmbox 2.98 (music player); Shotwell 0.14.1 (photo manager); Remmina 0.9.99.1 (remote desktop client); and Brasero 5.6.1 (CD/DVD burner). Though I personally don’t see the need for Thunderbird anymore, it is good to see it still packaged with the distro.
Microsoft are not famous for playing nice with its neighbours, and due to new security features in Windows 7 and 8, it has been made it much harder for other operating systems to share a machine with Windows. In Raring Ringtail WUBI has been a casualty of this, however the Desktop download page on the Ubuntu website provides specific advice for installing Ubuntu on a computer running Windows 8 or using UEFI firmware.
Though possibly biased due to an unhealthy emotional attachment to this distro and to linux in general, I simply love this Raring Ring tail. It really does feel like an update, for the first time in a while. Unity is coming into its own properly, and standing out from OSX and Windows. Raring Ringtail is defiantly an improvement.