Despite optimistic 2011 predictions of a fully converged cross-platform OS running Mir and UnityNext (8) by 2014, Ubuntu 14.10 is set to retain X Windows and Unity 7. Based on this beta, it seems there will be no big changes in 14.10, although upgrading is always worthwhile.
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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS is an extremely solid, usable, fast and secure desktop Linux OS. It continues to hone the Unity user interface introduced in earlier releases, and also migrates to a new version of the kernel.
For all those who object so strongly to the Ubuntu Unity desktop, I have been thinking this afternoon that I have some time (it's Friday), and I have a free disk partition (Natty is out, Oneiric is in, and the Ubuntu test partition is free), and I haven't looked at Kubuntu in quite a long time (it's been so long that I don't even remember the last time). So I have downloaded and installed it on my Lenovo S10-3s.
The blogosphere has been buzzing with MacWorld rumors and I have to admit that I can't wait for January 15th myself. As much as I love Kubuntu and Linux in general, OS X has some built-in features (iLife, in particular) that are increasingly attractive.
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