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Steve Langasek has announced the availability of the second beta release of Ubuntu 13.04, code name "Raring Ringtail": "The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the final beta release of Ubuntu 13.04 Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products. Together with Ubuntu 13.04, Kubuntu, Edubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu and Ubuntu Studio also reached final beta status today. We also welcome two new flavors, Ubuntu GNOME and UbuntuKylin, which are participating in the Ubuntu release process for the first time this cycle. Some of the new features available in Ubuntu 13.04 final beta are: includes the 3.8.0-16.26 Ubuntu Linux kernel which is based on the version 3.8.5 upstream Linux kernel; Unity has been updated to version 6.12." Read the release announcement and the technical overview for more details.
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Install Privacy indicator 0.02 in Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal/Ubuntu 13.04 Raring

Privacy Indicator is a notification area applet (application indicator) for the top panel of Ubuntu’s Unity desktop environment. The goal of Privacy Indicator is to give a quick overview on the most important privacy settings and make it easy to change them.
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The current version of Privacy Indicator supports the following settings:
  • Use online search results in the Dash: If this option is active the Unity Dash sends search queries to a server at Canonical to get additional search results.
  • Record activity (Zeitgeist): If this option is active a locally running service called “Zeitgeist” collects information about user activity, saves them in the user’s home folder and lets other programs use them.
  • This data is used by some programs to show more example recently used files or applications. They are not given away to third parties.
  • Show real name on panel: If this option is enabled the user’s real name is shown on the panel

To install Privacy indicator in Ubuntu 12.10/13.04 open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:
That's it
Jonathan Riddell has announced the availability of the second testing release of Kubuntu 13.04: "Welcome to the 'Raring Ringtail' Alpha 2 release, which will in time become the 13.04 release. Highlights: the latest release of KDE's Plasma Workspaces and Applications 4.10 adds a new screen locker, Qt Quick notifications, colour correction in Gwenview and faster indexing in the semantic desktop; Kubuntu should now be able to support UEFI Secure Boot, a standard for controlling what software can be run on a computer; includes the 3.8.0-6.11 Ubuntu Linux kernel which is based on the upstream 3.8-rc6 Linux kernel; 13.04 is distributed with an updated default toolchain that includes GCC 4.7.2 and eglibc 2.17; OpenJDK 7 is the default Java implementation...." Read the release announcement and release notes for more details and known issues.
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NOTE: This is an alpha pre-release. Kubuntu Pre-releases are NOT recommended for:
  • Regular users who are not aware of pre-release issues
  • Anyone who needs a stable system
  • Anyone uncomfortable running a possibly frequently broken system
  • Anyone in a production environment with data or workflows that need to be reliable
Kubuntu Pre-releases ARE recommended for:
  • Regular users who want to help us test by finding, reporting, and/or fixing bugs
  • Kubuntu developers

Download: (SHA256)
Kubuntu 13.04 Alpha 2 (i386-32bit) (928MB, torrent)
Kubuntu 13.04 Alpha 2 (amd64-64bit) (910MB, torrent)