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Saucy Salamander Reached End of Life on July 17, 2014

Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) reached end of life on July 17.  This means that it is no longer supported.  There will be no more package updates to Saucy.

Ubuntu announced its release of Saucy about 9 months ago, on October 17, 2013.  This was the second release with the new 9 month support period. 

It is now recommended to upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr).  For a desktop computer, you can directly upgrade by typing Alt + F2 and typing update-manager, then running it and following the on-screen instructions.

If you prefer to do a fresh install, Trusty is now available for download at

Ubuntu 13.04 Reaches End of Life on January 27

Ubuntu announced that Raring Ringtail (Ubuntu 13.04) will reach the end of life on Monday, January 27. The release of Raring Ringtail was almost 9 months ago, on April 25, 2013. This was the first release with Canonical’s new 9 month support cycle. This means that the support period is now nearing its end.  As of January 27, Canonical will no longer supply critical or security fixes for it. Nor will they supply updated packages.

The article recommends upgrading to Saucy Salamander (Ubuntu 13.10), which is still being supported.  Personally, I have had to reinstall Raring because Saucy cannot handle my Realtek wifi driver.  I was able to get Saucy working once out of several attempts.  I am looking forward to Trusty Tahr (Ubuntu 14.04) developing working internet so I can safely upgrade without any further worries.

Why I Have Not Upgraded to Saucy

You may have noticed that each time there has been an Ubuntu upgrade in the past, I have reported on it.  I had every intention of reporting on Saucy once I upgraded.  That is the catch!   Saucy hoses my computer.

The problem I am having is that I connect to the Internet using Realtek wifi.  Specifically, I need the driver rtl8188ce to work.  It doesn’t.  The last time I checked, Saucy still hosed my internet.

I have attempted to upgrade to Saucy on three separate occasions.  The first was when the beta was released.  No luck.  Then I tried again once Saucy was in final release.  No dice.  I waited a couple of months and tried again.  This time, it looked like Saucy was going to work on one disk so I tried it on my other disk (I dual-boot because I can’t run Steam for Linux and Steam for Windows on the same computer.)

Well, this last time, not only did the Internet connection fail, but Saucy also clobbered the GRUB master boot record.  That’s it for me, folks!   See you with Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr).  (Of course, I will still report on other things in the mean time….)

Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) Has Been Released

I am  a bit late on posting this, because Saucy has hosed my computer three times.  For some reason, my internet connection does not work once I upgrade.

The Saucy Salamander release notes have been made available at Ubuntu Wiki.  They start with advice on how to upgrade from Ubuntu 13.04.  Users of an earlier version will need to upgrade first to 13.04, then to 13.10.

From a desktop system, press Alt + F2 and type in “update-manager” (without the quotes).  Once Update Manager tells you the new version is available, click on Upgrade and follow the instructions.

You can also download ISOs from: (Ubuntu Desktop and Server) (Ubuntu Cloud Server) (Ubuntu Netboot) (Ubuntu Core) (Edubuntu DVD) (Kubuntu) (Lubuntu) (Ubuntu Studio) (Ubuntu-GNOME) (UbuntuKylin) (Xubuntu)

Ubuntu 13.10 Final Beta Released

The Ubuntu team has announced the final beta release of Ubuntu 13.10 Desktop, Server, Cloud and Core products.

This beta release includes images from not only the Ubuntu Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products, but also the Edubuntu, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, UbuntuKylin, Ubuntu Studio and Xubuntu flavours, and the first official beta release of Ubuntu for phones.

The Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) final beta image can be downloaded from: (Ubuntu and Ubuntu Server)

Other images can be downloaded at: (Cloud Images) (Community Supported) (Core) (Netboot)

Saucy Salamander Alpha 2 Released for Flavors

Saucy Salamander Alpha 2 has been released for use by testers and other courageous people.  The flavors that are included are Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu Gnome, and Ubuntu Kylin.

Pre-releases of Saucy are not recommended for people who are using production systems, or for those who don’t have tolerance for breakage.  However, if you would like to help out the developers by testing and reporting bugs, alphas may be for you.

Ubuntu 13.10 itself is not being released in an alpha version.  To test it, you still need to click on Alt + F2 and type in “update-manager -d” (without the quotes) and follow the on-screen instructions.  Saucy hosed my system a couple of days ago, so just be forewarned.

How to Upgrade to Ubuntu 13.10

I am at the point where I am considering upgrading to Saucy (Ubuntu 13.10) on one of my two dual-boots.  I am debating how much breakage I can stand this early in the cycle.  😉  Anyway, here are the instructions for the courageous:

To upgrade from Ubuntu 13.04 to 13.10 on a desktop system:

The instructions say to first open up Software Sources.

Then, you need to press Alt + F2 and type in “update-manager -d” (without the quotes).

Update Manager should open up and tell you: New distribution release ‘13.10’ is available.

Then, just click on “Upgrade” and follow the on-screen instructions.

Users of other Ubuntu releases need to upgrade first to 12.04, and then to 13.10.


Ubuntu 13.10 isos can be downloaded from: (Ubuntu Desktop and Server) (Ubuntu Cloud Server) (Ubuntu Netboot) (Ubuntu Core) (Edubuntu DVD) (Kubuntu) (Lubuntu) (Ubuntu Studio) (Ubuntu-GNOME) (UbuntuKylin) (Xubuntu)

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