That’s right everyone, it’s that time of year again. When the internet is humming and servers are busy serving downloads, a new Ubuntu version is released. And this time… Unicorns!
Yup, the curiously named Utopic Unicorn release, 14.10, is live on the Ubuntu servers and upgrade notices should be sent out to everyone who is set to get them. If you’re curious about how to upgrade, I’ll be doing another post later, explaining how to do it and what to do after upgrading/installing Ubuntu 14.10.
You can read it here (post coming soon!)
This release is a bit, well, underwhelming. It’s more of an update, stability, security release, with no major changes to user experience or included software. Kinda sad for a release occurring over the same week as Ubuntu’s 10th birthday.
And this may not be bad, as it, hopefully, means that Ubuntu 15.04 Versatile Vervet will have plenty of features and new stuff!
Obviously, the usual changes occurred; new community backgrounds – though no new default one and the change of the release number and code name through-out the system.
But, beyond that, there isn’t much. For the developers a very useful addition is the inclusion of the Ubuntu Developers Center. This is very useful, as it simplifies the process of installing the Android SDK and all the dependencies and addons and whatnot, with a single command.
There are a few major software release upgrades, namely the upgrades for the default software to:
- LibreOffice 126.96.36.199
- Firefox 33
- Thunderbird 33
- Nautilus 3.10
- Evince 3.14
- Rhythmbox 3.0.3
- Unity 7.3.1
Also, the Linux kernel has been updated to Linux Kernel 3.16, which offers support for the latest Intel CPUs (Haswell and the upcoming Broadwell architectures, better support for NVIDIA and AMD graphics, and improved audio via the Radeon H.264 video decoder.
All in all, Ubuntu 14.10, in my opinion, is a solid OS that could probably serve as an LTS release. For users worried about stability, 14.10 would be a fine, although the nine month support cycle may be a hastle that users might not want.
There are very few major changes, and, if for no other reason, upgrade because of the wallpapers. This set is probably my favorite yet.
You can simply upgrade via Update Manager, though you may have to enable upgrade notifications for non-LTS releases. Here’s how you can do that:
Open the Unity dash by pressing the Super button (Windows button for all you non-l33t Ubuntu users). You can also click on it, just so long as you can open the Unity dash.
Once open, search for Software & Updates and select the first option that comes up. This is what it looks like on my system, with the Numix Circle icon set – it will probably look different on your system unless you have the same icon set:
Once the application opens up, click on the Updates tab:
As you can see, on my system the option Notify me of a new Ubuntu version is set to For any new version. If you want to receive a notification when a non-LTS version is released you need to make sure that you have it set the same as I do, For any new version.
You should soon see an option
- Search for and open Software & Updates
- Click on the Updates tab
- Find option with the label Notify me of a new Ubuntu version
- Change the selection in the drop-down menu from For long-term support versions to For any new version
Of course, you can download the ISO file for Ubuntu 14.10. There are all the usual options available on the Ubuntu site. Here are the links to the Ubuntu 14.10 Desktop (64 bit) Torrent and Ubuntu 14.10 Desktop (32 bit) Torrent
Comment down below with what you think of the Utopic Unicorn and whether or not you’ve upgraded yet, plan to upgrade, or are just going to jump from the current LTS release (14.04 Trusty Tahr) to another future release or the next LTS release (16.04).