The second Alpha of the Saucy Salamander (to become 13.10) has now been released for testers and early adopters.
This alpha features images for Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, UbuntuKylin, and Xubuntu.
Pre-releases of Saucy Salamander are *not* encouraged for anyone needing a stable system or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even frequent breakage. They are, however, recommended for Ubuntu developers and those who want to help in testing, reporting and fixing bugs as we work towards getting this release ready.
Alpha 2 includes a number of software updates that are ready for wider testing. This is quite an early set of images, so you should expect some bugs.
While these Alpha 2 images have been tested and work, except as noted in the release notes, Ubuntu developers are continuing to improve Saucy Salamander. In particular, once newer daily images are available, system installation bugs identified in the Alpha 2 installer should be verified against the current daily image before being reported in Launchpad. Using an obsolete image to re-report bugs that have already been fixed wastes your time and the time of developers who are busy trying to make 13.10 the best Ubuntu release yet. Always ensure your system is up to date before reporting bugs.
Kubuntu is the KDE based flavour of Ubuntu. It uses the Plasma desktop and includes a wide selection of tools from the KDE project.
The Alpha 2 images can be downloaded at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/saucy/alpha-2/
More information on Kubuntu Alpha 2 can be found here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SaucySalamander/Alpha2/Kubuntu
Lubuntu is a flavour of Ubuntu that targets to be lighter, less resource hungry and more energy-efficient by using lightweight applications and LXDE, The Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment, as its default GUI.
The Alpha 2 images can be downloaded at: http://cdimage.