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 most significant aspect of Ubuntu 13.10 (codenamed Saucy Salamander) is the first release of Mir, Canonical's next-generation display server, which replaces X Windows. Saucy Salamander also features Unity 7 and Linux kernel 3.11.
The company recently announced new Unity Touch mobile clients that will let users run Windows apps on their iOS and Android devices.
What's your next desktop OS or desktop manager going to look like? Have you been sucked into the dumbed-down, new-fangled garbage floating your way or are you going retro?
Here is an interesting link to a blog from someone who has decided to spend two weeks trying to work entirely without Windows, using only Ubuntu 11.10 (Oreiric Ocelot) with the Unity desktop.
Windows 8 isn't the only operating system that's bringing a new look to the PC desktop. Canonical is changing the looks of its Ubuntu Unity Linux desktop.
It's obvious that the only way to achieve device unity is online. One operating system is not going to bind our futures. You may choose to live in a Windows world, but each part of that world must compete with components running something else.