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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Ubuntu 13.10 (aka Saucy Salamander) is about to hit the streets, but not without much controversy and drama following behind in its wake. In fact, never before has their been a distribution release so mired in upset. Beginning with the choice to move away from the Wayland X server to a Ubuntu-specific Mir server to the inclusion of Smart Scopes, Ubuntu 13.10 couldn't catch a break. However, after using the release candidate for a while now, I'm here to say Ubuntu 13.10 enjoys more polish than any current Linux release. Outside of the many bug fixes and updates, I can give you ten reasons to like the latest version.
1. Smart Scopes
One of the biggest issues surrounding Unity lately is Smart Scopes. Think of this feature as an all-encompassing search for your desktop. Open the Dash, enter a search string, and you'll get results from one hundred sources. Search results include: Local disks, UbuntuOne cloud, Amazon, Wikipedia, UbuntuOne Music Store, Youtube, social networking sites, and much, much more.