What's coming in Ubuntu 14.04: Trusty Tahr

What's coming in Ubuntu 14.04: Trusty Tahr

Summary: Ubuntu 13.10 has just arrived, but Ubuntu Linux founder Mark Shuttleworth is already looking forward to the next version: Ubuntu 14.04: Trusty Tahr.


While many are still checking out the brand new Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander, Ubuntu Linux founder Mark Shuttleworth and the Canonical developer team are already starting work on the next version: Ubuntu 14.04: Trusty Tahr.

Mark Shuttleworth lays out the plans for Trusty Tahr, Ubuntu 14.04.

Ubuntu 14.04 will be the next long-term support (LTS) version of the operating system which means, as Shuttleworth is well aware, that it must be stable for business customers and that it will need to be supported for five years.

Many new features that were introduced in Ubuntu 13.10, such as scopes, will be fine-tuned in Trusty Tahr. Other features that didn't make it into the full version of Ubuntu 13.10, but made it into the new mobile version, Ubuntu Touch, will be included in all versions of Ubuntu 14.04. Among these are image-based updates and the Mir graphics stack.

Shuttleworth offered some details on these two features. "Image-based updates," he explained, "is really important work. For the first time we can guarantee the integrity of a device running Ubuntu, knowing exactly what version of the OS is installed. I can’t wait to get that on my laptop. Yes, it will be a big change, but I can already see how it’s going to make things easier for me."

As for Mir, "The agenda of the Mir team is speed, quality, reliability, efficiency. That’s it. From what I’ve seen on the smartphone, Mir is going to be a huge leap forward for gaming performance, battery life and next-generation display capabilities. So thank you for the many contributions we had to Mir, and to everyone who is testing it in more challenging environments than the smartphone. I'm enjoying it on my laptop and loving the gaming benchmarks for native Mir," said Shuttleworth.

In general what you can expect from Ubuntu 14.04, according to Shuttleworth, will be "performance, refinement, and maintainability." Shuttleworth also invited developers to "please join us...as we shape 14.04 as a platform for long-term deployments on the PC and the cloud and the server. In particular, we will be providing OpenStack...on 14.04 for LTS deployments, so we need to make sure we meet the needs of that community for a solid core."

"On the desktop,” he continued, “13.10 has benefited greatly from the fact that it has a team just focused on improving quality. We’ll do the same again and more for 14.04. On the mobile front, we’re going to keep racing forward, the platform is too new for an LTS and we’re excited to complete the journey of full convergence. We won’t get there in one cycle but given the pace of improvement of the phone and tablet in the last month I think it’s going to be a fantastic cycle there."

This new Ubuntu, Trusty Tahr, is scheduled to arrive on April 17th, 2014. Oh, and the name? The tahr is a goat-like species. Shuttleworth describes the creatures as "shaggily suited, sure-footed and steady. A small tahr population lived on my favorite Table Mountain, and while they’ve made way for indigenous animals, for a long time they symbolized hardiness and fearlessness, perched as they were against the cliffs."

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  • Dream on

    The future is tablets where the main competitors are Apple and Samsung (ok Android if you must). It will not matter what the backend is as the 'Cloud' (or good old internet) will take over, the server could be a Windows, Linux, FreeBSD or X, most users don't care.

    Is there room for Ubuntu on the tablet, only for the die hard. Shuttleworth was unable to realise his dream by not getting the funding for his phone so who is going to invest in Ubuntu on the tablet?

    The world has changed.

    Don't get me wrong I believe Shuttleworth is right, I have stated many times to my colleagues at work 5 years ago that you will plug in your phone into a docking station that connects to a screen and keyboard because your phone is so powerful and that it can hold terrabytes of data.

    They laughed then but now now.

    I do hope Ubuntu does get the opportunity, unfortunately its up to the end user.
    • Docking phone


      I've also had people laughing at me for years because of proposing this idea (except I suspect it will be a wireless connection with biometric security confirmation rather than a physical connection) - now it seems a no-brainer.

      Perhaps Apple will be the first mainstream manufacturer to offer this on an upcoming iPhone- they do make beautiful displays and mice/keyboards
      • Nah!

        Apple would never make something so useful!
  • for U (14.10)

    Underwhelming Uakari?

    As for dockable phones, they'll come, but the dock part needs to be thought through more thoroughly.
    • the dock

      The dock would be up to the manufacture in most part not Canonical.
  • if only

    ubuntu could get devs making a good number of apps, both for desktop and touch.
  • Ubuntu suffers because of the Six Monthly release cycle....

    Ubuntu 13.10 is only just out of the blocks and attention is already being paid to the next release. This is the reason why I have always claimed Ubuntu is no more than an ongoing development distro. which will never be finished.

    I recall when I used to work with Ubuntu Edgy Eft, Feisty Fawn and Gutsy Gibbon it was very frustrating having to constantly upgrade but eventually settling on Hardy Heron which was an LTS release.

    If only Canonical could reschedule the release cycle to annually (like OS X) and concentrate on getting more bugs ironed out I am convinced Ubuntu would fare better than it currently does.
    • I use Mint, which is made from Ubuntu.

      I like the 6 month release cycle. Mint takes about 12 minutes to install on a recently modern computer. Things just keep getting better. Mint has additional features, drivers and codecs to make full use possible right after installation.

      With Mint, you can immediately make back-up copies of commercial DVD's, play movies, music, etc. without any additional installs. It also plays flash video without additional work.

      The 64-bit version of Mint Cinnamon has a software repository with 65,000 free, trusted applications. Search the Linux version of the MS software to find the name of the Linux equivalent. For example the free Microsoft Publisher counterpart is called Scribus and is better because you can directly edit the output files in a text editor.

      • OK

        I like Mint too but this looks like a commercial. Don't hold your breath on that "backing up" commercial DVDs either.
    • 5735guy "Ubuntu suffers because of the Six Monthly release cycle...."

      With Ubuntu, one has a choice between bleeding-edge, 6-month releases and more stable, LTS releases. Canonical has provided LTS releases as far back as Ubuntu 6.06, Dapper Drake. And currently, support for LTS releases is 5 years. As far as I know, only RHEL-derived Scientific Linux and CentOS (primarily a server distro) are in the same ball park.

      I'm currently running Ubuntu 12.04 and happily use both the Unity and Xfce4 desktop environments. And I plan to stick with 12.04 until the bitter end as upgrading OSs, while I have done my share, is not something I particularly enjoy.

      P.S. Joe.Smetona (below), thanks for yet another Linux Mint advertisement. :/
      Rabid Howler Monkey
      • exactly

        what I was going to mention
    • It's about time:

      It doesn't have a 6 month release cycle. It has a 9 month cycle.
      • Canonical continues with it's 6-month release cycle

        However, non-LTS releases now have 9 months of support (reduced from 18 months).
        Rabid Howler Monkey
        • Constantly upgrading is a pain

          With Windows I am upgrading once every three to five years, if I skip major versions such as Vista and 8.

          As such, my cost is extremely low, my upgrade window is highly infrequent, and all the while I have the confidence of consistent, dependable hardware compatibility.

          I also use Mint for some things; I prefer Mint fo its superior networking performance, and for the faster cold boot times. Mint 15, however, does take significantly longer on my 2GB D630 to come out of hibernation that Win7. That said, as a VM View "gateway" to my servers Mint is very nice.

          Not being a Linux power user myself, I use Mint because oob it simply works better than any other distro. I would disagree though, it does not install in 12 minutes, more like 20 on my 2GB D630. Upgrading is a pain too, migrating data, having to reinstall apps, having to reconfigure...I used 13, then skipped 14, and I may skip the next version of Mint since 15 does work well. Once every three to five years is fine.
          • Upgrading Cycles

            Ubuntu has LTS with 5 years of support and this percolates to the Ubuntu derivatives. You do not need to update with every new release. It is optional.
  • For those interested, there's more on imaged-based updates here:


    "With Ubuntu getting ported to more and more mobile devices, the standard update mechanism through apt and dpkg is starting to show some limitations.

    As a result, Ubuntu is now looking at supporting an additional way of updating devices that are based on read-only images. For those devices, we're looking at doing image based updates, basically generating new images on the server side with the usual tools (debootstrap, apt, dpkg), then generate deltas between those images and have the client pull the delta and apply it without ever actually dealing with packages.

    We don't intend this to become the only way to update Ubuntu machines, and the use of apt/dpkg will remain supported with most devices having some kind of switch to opt out of image based updates and re-enable apt."

    P.S. With Puppy Linux, one can download full ISOs as well as deltas for ISOs. I now create a new complete ISO from the previous complete ISO and the most current delta ISO.
    Rabid Howler Monkey
  • disaster...

    this page gives so much attention to only linux that tries to be new microsoft.
  • Linux why

    Linux has about a one percent market share on the desktop. Why is it written about so often? I use it for my home server, but it takes way to much time and fiddling to make it useful for my desktop. I last tried about 18 months ago, I doubt I will try again soon. I could make it work after a fashion, but the apps were not as good and required a lot more tweaking, as did the OS. The time involved made it more expensive, not less.
  • GNU/Linux is a mess

    I used to be a big user of GNU/Linux. I started out way back in 1994 with yggdrasil Linux and used numerous distros over the years right up to Ubuntu 12.10 and iInt 15. Unfortunately, what I have experienced over those years is a mixture of satisfaction and dissappointment - with the latter bcoming more prominent in recent years. GNU/Linux is now far too fragmented, unstable and unacceptably insecure. The lack of structure and consistency between distros is just plain maddening and has done more harm than good. I got sick and tired of setting up a distro, tweaking it, customising and getting it "right" only to have the whole system break in some spectacular fashion. Yes, this even applied to Debian and slackware. The whole package managment systems and numerous dependency regressions can easily turn a working GNU/Linux system into an unusable mess. Unfortunately that seems to happen more often than not due to poor code quality and lack of quality control (I'm looking at YOU Canonical!).

    As of now i'm using PC-BSD 9.2 which is based on FreeBSD 9.2 and I couldn't be happier. It's rock solid stable, secure and performs better than Linux under heavy loads. PCBSD is a real OS (kernel + userland) unlike Linux and offers numerous features such as ZFS, Jails and ports which make the OS very flexible.

    The whole Linux experiment has turned into a shattered dream as far as I'm concerened. I'm glad to be out of that mayhem.
  • Curious...

    As to why must there always be these comments about the "percentage" of users for Linux as opposed to another OS?...Does it even MATTER!? Listen: to all those who don't like Linux: No one is FORCING you to use it! So go use whatever OS you like...whether it be Apple's OS X or Microsoft's Windows...but for the love of Swiss cheese and peanut butter...enough with the conversations about percents! It's almost moronic! Do you really think the company that has both Microsoft and Linux servers in their datacenters gives a flying flat-screen about which one has a higher percentage of the market?...or that the person who has a web hosting server at home gives a MacIntoshing care as to what the market-share is for their OS? this is almost like the age old debate.....which is more like a political mud-slinging contest!...about whether Apple is better than a "standard" PC (although everyone's definition of standard is different. A corporate-minded person might think standard is just enough to be able to run an office suite and some web surfing along with emails.....whilst a "Geek" would think standard is the fastest graphics card...with 64GB of RAM...and the fastest processor over-clocked for even more speed, married to a hi-def flat panel ultra sized display!!).....so it really doesn't MATTER which side of the fence has more of a percentage in the market...people will use / buy / work...with what they WANT!.....so enough already!!! Let it GO!!!....... SMH.