Hello Linux Geeksters. As a reminder, the Debian developers have decided earlier this year to use systemd as the default init service manager on Debian Jessie and so, Canonical’s Mark Shuttleworth has announced that Ubuntu will also replace Upstart with systemd, due to the fact that Ubuntu is a Debian derivative system.
While the development of Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn has started a few days ago, the Ubuntu developers have already uploaded a package on Ubuntu 14.10, enabling the users to boot via systemd instead of the good old Upstart, despite the fact that the initial plan was to integrate systemd as default on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.
Most likely, Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn will be still using Upstart, but according to Canonical’s Martin Pitt, systemd works well enough so that the developers can start the parallelizing the work between the upstart jobs and the systemd ones. The developer also says that there is no deadline for the porting of systemd, only that it will be used as default when the porting will be fully done.
Ubuntu 14.10 will be also an interesting release, due to the fact that Unity 8, which is now available only on Ubuntu Touch, will be ported to the desktop, while Mir will be already usable by October 2014, when the new Ubuntu system is scheduled for release.
Also, if you want to test Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn in a virtual machine, the first daily build images (in all the official flavors: using Unity, KDE, XFCE, GNOME, LXDE) are already available for download, but by now, it is most likely similar to Ubuntu 14.04 + some experimental changes.