Ubuntu 14.10 “Utopic Unicorn” – What to expect

With the announcement of the next Ubuntu release 14.10 – code named “Utopic Unicorn“, a number of changes and new features are been expected as normal. So what are the expected changes and possible new features we may be seeing in the coming months:

Convergence

Convergence is probably one of the biggest changes to come to the Ubuntu desktop as Canonical is determined to reinstate its focus on it. For some of us who may not know what the Convergence concept means, its an idea that there should be ONLY one operating system that runs on all devices. So your smart phone, tablet, PC, and TV would all run the same Operating System meaning apps designed to run on one device will also run on other devices as well and the design will adapt to the display being used. This is a BIG plus to the developers as they won’t need to write a different code for the different devices.

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Image credits: TheTechnoToast @ deviantart.com

According to Mark Canonical (CEO)

[box type=”info” icon=”info”]“The actual convergence will happen sometime during the next major cycle – it won’t be in 14.04, but it could be in 14.10 or 15.04. We believe we’ll be able to deliver that before Microsoft manages to converge Windows on mobile and PC, which the company has said is its goal from a design and development perspective,”[/box]

Convergence Demo Video

Switch to Unity 8 (Mir)

As most you might have read online, the plan is to switch over to Unity 8 running on ‘Mir’ which is currently the default desktop shell for mobile phones and tablets. What this means is we might be seeing some converged QML (Qt Meta-Object Language) applications make it to the desktop with a new File Manager which will replace the default Nautilus File Manager.

According to Ubuntu developer’s, Ubuntu System Settings which is the utility that is currently being used on the mobile platform would be made available on the desktop and will eventually replace Unity Control Center

Current Focus as announced by Robert Ancell

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    Deprecate gnome-session and use upstart/systemd as the root process
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    Deprecate gnome-screensaver (following upstream) and unify screensaver management into the shell
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    Deprecate policykit-gnome and use the shell for PolicyKit handling in both Unity 7 and Unity 8
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    Deprecate unity-settings-daemon by decoupling the plugins and migrating to new services
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    Add more desktop capabilities in Ubuntu System Settings to replace unity-control-center
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    Enhance the core apps to replace current defaults e.g. calculator, file manager etc
  </li>
</ul>

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  <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);"><em>These are few of the known changes/updates, so more updates to come!!!</em></span>
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    <span style="color: #003366;"><strong>Ubuntu 14.10 Key Release Dates &#8211; Draft</strong></span>
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      June 26th &#8211; Alpha 1 (for opt-in flavors)
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      July 31st &#8211; Alpha 2 (for opt-in flavors)
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      August 28th &#8211; Beta 1 Freeze (for opt-in flavors)
    </li>
    <li>
      September 25th &#8211; Final Beta Freeze, Final Beta
    </li>
    <li>
      October 9th &#8211; Release Candidate
    </li>
    <li>
      October 16th &#8211; Final Release (Ubuntu 14.10)
    </li>
  </ul>

  <p style="text-align: justify;">
    See <a href="https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UtopicUnicorn/ReleaseSchedule" target="_blank">wiki</a> for full release details
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