Steve Smith takes a first look into several of the new introduced, and updated features of the latest version of Ubuntu 13.04.
Released: May 4, 2013
Canonical has done it once more, a new version of Ubuntu has been brought forth, and today I shall be taking a first look for you. This new version of Ubuntu is version number 13.04, and code named Raring Ringtail.
This new version includes the ability to snap documents to either side of the screen to allow users to work on several pieces of related work, requiring only one screen, as oppose to the more expensive option of buying two computer screens.
The previews for products, applications, etc... have a better preview experience, including more animation to bring your eye to those important images on the screen.
The new shut down window is easy to understand and bigger so anyone can see it clearly. It is clear that they took more care for the visually impaired here, something Canonical boosts about their Ubuntu operating system continuously, and for good cause.
Most of us have online accounts, and previous version of Ubuntu either required we accept that they have access to any connected accounts, or had to disable various accounts completely. This new version allows us to block access to any account using toggle switches available in the system settings menus, under online accounts.
Your privacy is important, and this time it is incredibly easy to maintain it. Under the system settings menus, under privacy is the option to include or exclude online search results. By default is is left on, that is the only bad news. You also have the option of deciding how long a recent item in maintained in memory for other tasks like search to find. They allow for the past hour, day, week, all time, or an advanced option. You can also delete the history. You can also prevent recording of various types of files such as IM, audio, websites, video, email, text, etc... And more...
We also have a better cloud syncing menus, the cloud icon in the top right corner of the screen when active. You have an on or switch, share files option and more.
Next week, I'll be demonstrating how to create a hidden encrypted partition on your hard drive that only appears, when you want it to.
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Yes, it will wipe all data, including the master boot record on your hard drive. If you are unable to get DBAN to work correctly, consider using Spinrite to fix the drive so DBAN can work, rarely needed, good to have.
Running DBAN and using 'autonuke', will that also completely wipe the Master Boot Record (MBR)?