Download Ubuntu 13.10 Betas
Beta downloads for Ubuntu GNOME 13.10, Lubuntu 13.10, Xubuntu 13.10, and Xubuntu 13.10 are available for download. The Unity version of Ubuntu will be available later this month.
I recommend taking your favorite beta for a spin in VirtualBox. VirtualBox is free, open source software. It'll give you a taste of what the beta has to offer, without actually installing it on your daily use computer.
Today marks the Beta 1 milestone in the Ubuntu 13.10 development cycle. Downloadable images for various Ubuntu flavours, including Lubuntu and Ubuntu GNOME, are now available. Ubuntu proper (i.e. the one with Unity, Mir & Ubuntu One) is scheduled to take part in the next beta release due later this month.
Beta releases are not recommended for use as your main OS.More at OMG Ubuntu!
Here are the download links for each beta:
Big Data and Linux
eWeek has an interesting article that explains why Linux is right for Big Data.
Big data analysis needs computing that's scalable, flexible and reliable—at a cost that won't impact IT budgets immensely. It's a familiar combination that made Linux the leader in high-performance computing and high availability years ago. In addition to 94 percent of the Top 500 supercomputers in the world, both the world's fastest (Titan) and most famous (IBM Watson) supercomputers run on Linux. With the help of SUSE, eWEEK lays out 10 reasons Linux should be the operating system of choice for big data environments.More at eWeek
The article makes a compelling (but not very surprising) case for the use of Linux in Big Data. However, was it really necessary to break the article up into a slideshow? Come on eWeek, why not at least offer a link to view it in article format?