Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn was temporary scheduled for release on the 16th of October 2014, but now the official date has been decided, Ubuntu 14.10 will be released on the 23rd of October, 2014.
Also, the first alpha version will be available on the 26th of June, the second alpha is scheduled for the 31st of July, the first Beta will arrive on the 28th of August and the second beta will become available starting with the 25th of September.
While it uses Kernel 3.15 RC8 for now, Kernel 3.16 will be adopted on the stable version of Ubuntu 14.10. Kernel 3.16 will become available at the end of July or in early August, which is before Ubuntu 14.10’s feature freeze scheduled for the 21st of August and before the Kernel freeze, planed on the 9th of October, so the Ubuntu developers have enough time to perform tests and improvements for the Kernel.
Until now, there isn’t much information about Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, more will be published 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 implemented on Ubuntu 14.10, while Mir will be already usable by October 2014, despite the fact that it will get set by default on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, along with systemd, 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.
Also, a special Unity 8 + Mir flavor for Ubuntu 14.10 might be created, but nothing has been decided yet.
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.