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Ubuntu 13.04 hits alpha, but details are under wraps

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On Thursday, in fact, version 13.04 of the popular Linux distribution entered alpha—a stage that typically gives fans of the open source operating system an early glimpse at what's to come.

This time around, however, it's only users of Edubuntu and Kubuntu—the flavors offering an education focus and a default KDE desktop, respectively—that get a full sneak peek. For those of us who choose the core desktop Ubuntu package, feature details are still under wraps.

'We won't talk about them'

Ubuntu fans may recall that—in a break from how things have been done in the past—the Ubuntu 13.04 development cycle will see some details kept secret until the software's release, as Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth announced back in October.

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