When Update Manager told me the upgrade to 13.04 was available, I held my breath and pressed OK. My experience with updates in every OS has been less than stellar, so I fully expected to run it, get disgusted and wipe everything and rebuild from scratch. But, it went fine.
I am not able to detect any noticeable differences between 12.10 and 13.04. There are a few, but nothing awe inspiring. Here’s what I see:
Nautilus is Gone
Nautilus has been replaced with an app called “Files”. Af first I was really upset. Nautilus had a built-in split screen (F3) thing I used all the time for comparing and moving files and now it was gone. However, after using Files for a while, I have adapted and moved on. The ‘Move to’ and ‘Copy to’ options work real well, bringing up a new window where I can select the destination folder easily. In many ways, it’s more intuitive than the way I was doing it.
Ubuntu One has a new icon
I use InSync, Dropbox and Ubuntu One for cloud storage. So now there are three icons in my menu bar, the ‘antenna i ‘ , the ‘open box’, and a cloud. The cloud is Ubuntu One.
More Integration with Menu Bar
It seems more programs are more tightly integrated with the Menu Bar. For example, Liferea (my RSS coagulator) shows unread article counts under the Media icon (envelope).
Under the Hood
I’m sure there are many more improvements that I cannot directly see. I read the Nouveau video driver is improved. I do know that the overall experience of using Ubuntu 13.04 is smoother than ever. Things just seem to work, and I like that.