"Once upon a time" - every story my 4 year old daughter would narrate, starts with this sentence. And while penning down a review of Ubuntu Utopic Unicorn, I was also thinking the same. Once upon a time, every new release of Ubuntu meant excitement of something new, something very radical and innovative and something worth trying out. LTS or no LTS, every release was worth upgrading those days and I would inevitably ditch the old release and upgrade.
Ubuntu web browser works far better now with a normal address bar at the top.
But, day have changed and Linux is moving toward more stability or is it the lull before a storm? I am not sure. With that prelude I start my review where I document my initial experience with Ubuntu's brand new release, Ubuntu 14.10 named "Utopic Unicorn". The release note states a host of improvements for the server version but very few for the desktop or home user version.
"Ubuntu 14.10, the latest desktop release is today available for download from Canonical. This release focuses on the developer experience, overall quality, and brings a number of important features and security enhancements. The Ubuntu desktop continues to be intuitive, easy to use and reliable for users all over the world. Ubuntu is a popular choice for developers targeting the cloud, mobile or devices because it is easy to use, fast and secure. Ubuntu 14.10 introduces the first iteration of the Ubuntu Developer Tools Centre, which makes it even easier to develop on Ubuntu. It downloads all the Android toolkits and their dependencies and integrates them with the launcher in a single command. This is first available for Android and will soon extend to other platforms such as Go and Dart."
|From Ubuntu 14.10 http://mylinuxexplore.blogspot.in|
What is new in Ubuntu 14.10 for normal users like us?
Let me start with what's new in Ubuntu 14.10 for a casual home user like me. The following are the new points:
- No Unity 8 or Mir, or systemd, still with Unity 7.3.1 and Xorg 1.16 server
- Linux kernel updated to 3.16, enhanced support for the latest Intel CPUs (Cherryview, Haswell, Broadwell and Merrifield systems), initial support for Nvidia GK30A and GK110B GPUs and enhanced audio support for ATI Radeon devices
- Home and videos icon changed in Files 3.10.1
- Updated LibreOffice and GNOME components
- LibreOffice 126.96.36.199
- Firefox 33
- Thunderbird 33
- Files 3.10.1
- Evince 3.14
- Rhythmbox 3.0.3