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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The PC desktop has made significant strides, thanks in no small measure to open source and Linux, says Jack Wallen
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 release is the first to introduce the Unity desktop as standard and includes updates to features of the Ubuntu One sync and Ubuntu Software Centre
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.