Heads up Ubuntu aficionados everywhere. The release schedule for the infamous Utopic Unicorn (what a name) has been released, with the expected full release date of October 23, 2014.
The dates I have printed below, and that are listed on the Wiki are subject to change which, although highly unlikely, could happen.
Key Ubuntu 14.10 Release Dates
Alphas, Betas, and Final Release
As you may know already if you follow Ubuntu releases closely at all, vanilla Ubuntu only is involved in certain very important milestones, while its siblings are involved in all of them. The ones that vanilla Ubuntu takes part in are final beta and release candidate.
Final Beta means all the features are frozen (isn’t going to be touched for the rest of development) as well as the UI being frozen (isn’t going to be touched for the rest of development), as both Feature freeze and UI freeze dates will have been hit.
Release Candidate means that this is pretty much the OS the users will be getting, with maybe a few bug fixes here and there. Release Candidate is the closest milestone to official release and no major changes will be made to anything, as all freezes have been hit (Feature, UI, and Kernel).
So, the dates for the major milestones are as follow (release events are in bold and non-release events are in italic):
- Alpha 1 – June 26th (for flavours)
- Alpha 2 – July 24th (for flavours)
- Feature Freeze — August 21st
- Beta 1 – August 28th (for flavours)
- UI Freeze — September 11th
- Final Beta – September 25th
- Kernel Freeze — October 9th
- Release Candidate – October 16th
The final release date, as mentioned earlier, is currently set to be October 23, 2014. Hopefully it gets released on time, because this version is supposed to be home to a whole raft of new features.
New Features Ahoy!
Ubuntu 14.10 is going to have all sorts of great new features, not the least of which is Unity 8, running on Canonical’s next-gen display server ‘Mir’ replacing the X Window system which is currently used and is over 25 years old.
We may also see more QML (Qt Meta-Object Language) applications in use on the desktop with a new File Manager replacing the well-known and well-used default Nautilus File Manager.
Canonical, the force behind Ubuntu, is really pushing for convergence. One OS across all your devices (TV, Tablet, Phone, Laptop, Desktop, etc.) and this is a key release in that process. This makes it easier for users, as they only have to learn the OS once and can use it everywhere on all their devices. It also makes it easier for developers, as they can develop an app, and know it will work everywhere they wish to deploy it.
Current Focus as announced by Robert Ancell
- Deprecate gnome-session and use upstart/systemd as the root process
- Deprecate gnome-screensaver (following upstream) and unify screensaver management into the shell
- Deprecate policykit-gnome and use the shell for PolicyKit handling in both Unity 7 and Unity 8
- Deprecate unity-settings-daemon by decoupling the plugins and migrating to new services
- Add more desktop capabilities in Ubuntu System Settings to replace unity-control-center
- Enhance the core apps to replace current defaults e.g. calculator, file manager etc