Ubuntu plans spring clean for 14.10

Ubuntu plans spring clean for 14.10

Summary: The next release of Ubuntu will be dubbed utopic unicorn as the project looks to refresh itself after its long-term support 14.04 release last week.

TOPICS: Ubuntu, Open Source

Ubuntu intends to throw off the shackles that come with supporting a Linux distribution release for five years, and conduct some spring cleaning in its next release due in October this year.

Writing in his traditional alliterative naming blog post, Canonical and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth said that 14.10 would focus on fresh ideas and look at the foundation of Ubuntu.

To that end, Ubuntu would bring the controversial systemd init system into the "centre of Ubuntu", move beyond Python 2, and showcase Linux Containers, which Shuttleworth said were the "fastest, lightest virtual machines on the planet".

Shuttleworth said that the code name for 14.10 will be "utopic unicorn".

Ubuntu's decision to move to systemd follows the protracted debate on whether Debian, the Linux distribution that serves as the base for Ubuntu, should go with systemd or the Ubuntu-backed Upstart system. After three months of discussion, two stalled votes, and one failed coup, Debian finally settled on systemd.

Soon after that decision, Ubuntu backed down from pushing its init system, and said it would follow Debian's lead.

Last week saw the release of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), which as a long-term support (LTS) release, will be supported until April 2019.

Ubuntu 14.10 will be supported for nine months.

Topics: Ubuntu, Open Source


Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining CBS as a programmer. After a Canadian sojourn, he returned in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia, and is now the Australian Editor of ZDNet.

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  • Only LTS releases are fit for consumers

    .... not those shortlived, semi-experimental intermediate releases. That said, if you're a tester, this certainly can become an interesting release. Just don't install it on a production machine. :)
    • pjotr123, Why not?

      “Just don't install it on a production machine.”
    • Ubuntu hurts itself

      with its fixed schedule for LTS releases. It doesn't have enough worker bees satisfied to maintain a functionally obsolete release for several years, yet it is going to supposedly sell it while it's being left behind in the fall. Ubuntu should consolidate its improvements into new LTS releases when they are ready, not perfect, subject to updates and fixes, but not already past history like this 14.04.