Ubuntu is one of the biggest Linux distributions around, and it's usually a major event when a new version is released. This time around it's Ubuntu 14.10 that is now available for download. Like all versions of Ubuntu, Ubuntu 14.10 comes with a cute codename. This version has been dubbed "Utopic Unicorn."
According to Ubuntu:
These release notes for Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) provide an overview of the release and document the known issues with Ubuntu 14.10 and its flavors.
Ubuntu 14.10 will be supported for 9 months for Ubuntu Desktop, Ubuntu Server, Ubuntu Core, Kubuntu, Edubuntu, Ubuntu Kylin along with all other flavours.
One of the big knocks about Ubuntu 14.10 is that it doesn't have any significant new desktop features. But there are reasons for that and PC World explains that there's more than meets the eye in Ubuntu 14.10.
If you need to upgrade, here are some instructions:
To upgrade on a desktop system:
1. Press Alt+F2 and type in "update-manager" (without the quotes) into the command box.
2. Update Manager should open up and tell you: New distribution release '14.10' is available.
3. Click Upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions.
Ars Technica looks back at ten years of Ubuntu
Ars has an interesting retrospective about the last ten years of Ubuntu.
According to Ars Technica:
It's hasn't been a perfect ten years, but it's difficult to imagine where Linux would be today without Ubuntu. When it debuted in 2004, the most popular desktop was KDE 3.5, the default theme of which looked like a sad clone of Windows 95. Ten years later, Linux is everywhere you look, and most often it's Ubuntu Linux that you see.
For better or worse, Ubuntu has become the friendly public face of Linux. But as Shuttleworth wrote on his blog several years ago, "free software is bigger than any one project. It's bigger than the Linux kernel, it's bigger than GNU, it's bigger than GNOME and KDE, it's bigger than Ubuntu and Fedora and Debian. Each of those projects plays a role, but it is the whole which is really changing the world."