This alpha features images for Kubuntu and Ubuntu Cloud.
At the end of the 12.10 development cycle, the Ubuntu flavour decided that it would reduce the number of milestone images going forward and the focus would concentrate on daily quality and fortnightly testing rounds known as cadence testing. Based on that change, the Ubuntu product itself will not have an Alpha 2 release. Its first milestone release will be the FinalBetaRelease on the 28th of March 2013. Other Ubuntu flavours have the option to release using the usual milestone schedule.
Pre-releases of Raring Ringtail 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 is the second in a series of milestone images that will be released throughout the Raring development cycle, in addition to our daily development images. The Alpha images are known to be reasonably free of showstopper CD build or installer bugs, while representing a very recent snapshot of Raring.
Download Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail) Alpha 2
You can download them here:
http://cloud-images.ubuntu.com/releases/raring/alpha-2/ (Ubuntu Server Cloud)
Alpha 2 includes a number of software updates that are ready for wider testing. This is an early set of images, so you should expect some bugs.