Installing Ubuntu 13.10 consists of little more than re-booting with a CD or USB drive, hitting a few keys, and drinking a cup of coffee.
Once installed, the generic Ubuntu desktop, which uses the Unity 7 interface, is perfectly functional, albeit not that attractive.
Fortunately, it doesn't take more than few mouse-clicks to make Ubuntu Unity more attractive.
Presto! In less than five minutes I have my Ubuntu 13.10 Linux desktop looking the way I want it, too, with my Steam game ready to play and my browser of choice, Chromium, ready to run.
One of the best of Ubuntu 13.10's new features is its Smart Scopes. With these you can search both your local PC and many Web sites for files, applications, music, video, and information.
If you'd rather not search the Web at the same time as you search your system, you can elect to either not search the Web at all or pick out which Web sources you don't want to search with a couple of clicks.
You can also, of course, explore your PC, and your network, with the Ubuntu file manager. If you look closely you can see that from this Ubuntu computer I can connect to not just Linux servers but Windows and Mac systems as well.
By default, Ubuntu 13.10 uses the Firefox Web browser, but you can choose to use other ones.
LibreOffice is Ubuntu's office suite choice. It's one I like quite a lot myself no matter what desktop operating system I'm using.
If I want to use other applications, the Ubuntu Software Center, an app store, makes it easy to pick and install other programs.
Once you select a program to consider installing, Ubuntu provides you with all the information and review you need to make an informed decision.
Ubuntu also makes it a cinch to set up your computer just the way you want it to work.
Last, but not least, Ubuntu 13.10, unlike some other recent operating systems I could name—cough, Windows 8.x, cough—makes it simple to restart or turn off your computer.