Ubuntu 14.10’s Codename Has Been Revealed: Utopic Unicorn

Hello Linux Geeksters. Ubuntu 14.10, scheduled for release on the 17th of October 2014, will be called Utopic Unicorn! As you may know, the codenames for Ubuntu systems follow a simple rule: they are formed by “Adjective Animal” and they go in alphabetical order. Example: P – Precise Pangolin, Q – Quantal Quetzal, R – Raring Ringtail, S – Saucy Salamander, T – Trusty Tahr.

Ubuntu 14.10's Codename Has Been Revealed: Utopic Unicorn

For now, we don’t know much about the next Ubuntu iteration. According to Mark Shuttleworth, the development for both Ubuntu for phones and desktop will be done in parallel, while the developers will focus on better support for LXC containers, convergence, Unity and Mir.

While Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr has been released with Unity 7.2, a custom version of the Unity 7 used on Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn will use Unity 8, which is already available on Ubuntu Touch (running over Mir).

Also worth mentioning, despire the fact that Mir will be used by default starting with the next LTS version of the system (Ubuntu 16.04), it will already be usable by the time Ubuntu 14.10 gets released.  A demo video of both Unity 8 (Mir) and Unity 7 (X11) running on Ubuntu 14.04 is available.

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.

This is a list of proposed changes, for Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn:

Also, they need to do some changes to the desktop. Among others, this are the proposed changes for Ubuntu 14.10:

  • upstart/systemd to be the root process and replace gnome-session
  • the screensaver to be managed directly from the shell
  • the Ubuntu System Settings (already available on Ubuntu Touch) to be patched to replace the Unity Control Center
  • the Ubuntu Touch Core Apps to be ported for the Ubuntu desktop
  • Files (Canonical’s file manager) to replace Nautilus
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