Hello Linux Geeksters. The release dates for Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, in all its stages has been published on one of the Ubuntu wikis.
- June 26th: Ubuntu 14.10 Alpha 1 – for flavors
- July 24th: Ubuntu 14.10 Alpha 2 – for in flavors
- August 28th: Ubuntu 14.10 Beta 1 – for flavors
- September 25th: Ubuntu 14.10 Final Beta – for all
- October 16th: Ubuntu 14.10 Final Release – for all
While the official flavors Ubuntu GNOME, Kubuntu, Xubuntu and Lubuntu get released also in Alpha 1, Alpha 2 and Beta 1 versions, only the latest 2 development stages of Ubuntu with Unity (final beta and final release) get released.
Until now, there isn’t much information about Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, more will be publised after the UDS 14.06 (Ubuntu Developer Summit).
But if everything happens as announced at the previous UDS, Unity 8 (over X.org) will be ported on the desktop version of Ubuntu 14.10, while Mir will be already usable by October 2014, despite the fact that it will be set by default on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, along with systemd (systemd is already available on Ubuntu 14.10, in an early development stage), which will replace Canonical’s Upstart init system. A demo video of both Unity 8 (Mir) and Unity 7 (X11) running on Ubuntu 14.04 is available.
Canonical will develop in parallel Ubuntu 14.10 for desktop and for mobile, while they will maintain Ubuntu 14.04 and most likely try to bring the new features of Ubuntu Touch to the desktop system of Ubuntu, to be closer to convergence.
For those who don’t know, Mark Shuttleworth’s target is to achieve a full desktop-mobile convergence somewhere between the releases of Ubuntu 14.10 and Ubuntu 15.04. And to make Ubuntu the first converged system.
The idea of convergence is to create an unique system, capable of running on both a desktop and mobile device. Ubuntu’s convergence has been demoed by Jono Bacon, Ubuntu’s Community Manager, via the Weather App and the Karma Machine.