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Xubuntu 13.04 has been released yesterday, along with the other Ubuntu flavors. Xubuntu uses Xfce as the default desktop environment and is a great alternative for those who prefer a traditional desktop layout with a panel on top, panel applets and so on.

According to the Xubuntu developers, Xubuntu 13.04 is mostly a maintenance release so there aren't many new features but there are some new default applications and some other interesting changes.

Xubuntu 13.04 video

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Xubuntu LiveCD no longer available, ISO now larger than 700MB

Starting with 13.04, the Xubuntu images are larger than 700MB so they no longer fit on traditional CDs. The decision has been voted 8-0 by the Xubuntu team members and thanks to the extra space, some applications that were removed from the default installation in Xubuntu 12.10 are now back by default (see below).

One of the reasons for this change is the "amount of developer time currently spent keeping the ISO small enough to fit on a CD".

Default applications

Thanks to the larger ISO used by Xubuntu 13.04, GIMP and Gnumeric, which were removed from the ISO for Xubuntu 12.10, are back by default:

Xubuntu 13.04 screenshot GIMP

Xubuntu 13.04 screenshot Gnumeric

Also, some of the default applications have received important changes:

Catfish (search tool) has been rewritten with emphasis on speed, the interface has been revamped with styled sidebar and symbolic icons, the application now supports performing operations on multiple files at once and more. Here's the latest Catfish available in Xubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail:

Xubuntu 13.04 screenshot Catfish

Parole Media Player has received quite a few improvements too, since Xubuntu 12.10. The video player now features CD and DVD playlist support, DVD navigation support, a new "Recent Items" menu item has been added along with album artwork and details to notifications, a missing codec feature like in Totem should make codecs installation a lot easier, an embedded mode allows you to use Parole as a browser plugin, custom subtitle management and many bug fixes, including for fullscreen controls, screensaver inhibition, freezing subtitles and more:

Xubuntu 13.04 screenshots parole

Another application that has received some very interesting changes is Xfce4 Terminal, which now has an option to use it as a drop-down console, like the popular Guake or Yakuake:

Xubuntu 13.04 screenshots Xfce4 terminal

Other Xfce4 Terminal changes include:
  • added search dialog;
  • terminal tab color changes when activity occurs in a tab since last viewed;
  • support for color presets and some presets were added by default, including "Solarized Dark" (which by the way, is my favourite terminal / text editor color scheme).

For how to use Xfce4 Terminal as a drop-down console, Quake-style, see: How To Use Xfce4 Terminal 0.6.x As A Drop-Down Console (Guake-style)

And finally, Thunar, the default Xfce / Xubuntu file manager has been updated with some much requested features like tabs support:

Xubuntu 13.04 raring ringtail screenshots thunar

Other changes included in the latest Thunar available in Xubuntu 13.04:
  • file properties for multiple file selections;
  • support for remote mounts and bookmarks;
  • new shortcuts sidepane;
  • improved transfer dialog;
  • more.

Default applications included in Xubuntu 13.04: Firefox 20, Thunderbird 17.0.5, Pidgin 2.10.7, Transmission 2.77, XChat 2.8.8, GIMP 2.8.4, Thunar 1.6.2, Catfish 0.6.3, Gnumeric 1.12.1, Abiword 2.9.2+svn20120603, Xfce4 Terminal 0.6.1, Parole 0.5.0, Gmusicbrowser 1.1.9, gThumb 3.0.2, Simple Scan 3.6.1, Ristretto 0.6.3, Xfburn 0.4.3, Gigolo 0.4.1, Mousepad 0.3.0 and Ubuntu Software Center 5.6.0, all on top of Xfce 4.10.

For other changes which are shared with all the Ubuntu flavors, see: Ubuntu 13.04 Available For Download [Screenshot Tour, Video]

Here are some more Xubuntu 13.04 screenshots:

Xubuntu 13.04 screenshots installer

Xubuntu 13.04 screenshot installer

Xubuntu 13.04 screenshots login screen

Xubuntu 13.04 screenshot Gmusicbrowser

Xubuntu 13.04 screenshots software center

Xubuntu 13.04 screenshots settings

Download Xubuntu 13.04

If you've installed Xubuntu 13.04 beta and used the Update Manager to upgrade all the packages, you already have the final version so there's no need to reinstall.

Download Xubuntu 13.04:

Tip: for improved multi-monitor support, use the Xfce 4.12 PPA.