Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, the development of Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn has started a few weeks ago. For now, Ubuntu 14.10 is the same system as Ubuntu 14.04, but with some under-development additions.
While Ubuntu 14.10 was initially based on Kernel 3.13 (the kernel used on Ubuntu Trusty), the developers have recently implemented Kernel 3.15 RC5 to power up Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn.
We don’t know yet what kernel version will be used on the stable version of Ubuntu 14.10, but most likely, it will be Kernel 3.16 or newer. Also, Canonical has to release Ubuntu 12.04.5 and Ubuntu 14.04.1, which are point releases to the latest LTS systems, bringing updated kernels.
The stable version of Ubuntu 14.10 Trusty Tahr is scheduled for release on the 16th of October 2014.
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.