Ubuntu 14.10 Officially Released
Ubuntu 14.10 has made it out on time and is now available via Ubuntu's mirrors. Ubuntu 14.10 isn't particularly exciting for desktop users as much of Canonical's investment for this cycle was on readying their Ubuntu Touch/Phone offering, which will start to be seen hopefully on various devices in the months ahead. When it comes to Ubuntu 14.10 on the desktop there's a lot of updated packages and at its heart is the Linux 3.16 kernel, along with the many changes that landed since Ubuntu 14.04's Linux 3.13 kernel. The upstream kernel upgrades make this release exciting for all users plus there is Mesa 10.3, GCC 4.9.1, etc. Unity 7 remains the default desktop environment of Ubuntu 14.10 while the Unity 8 Desktop-Next is available in experimental form.
At the end of the day simple end-users won't see much of a difference over Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, which is a bit sad given that this is the tenth anniversary release of Ubuntu Linux. For everyday Linux desktop users the many upgraded packages are great but there isn't too much more to celebrate about today on the desktop front. Server administrators will most likely want to stick to Ubuntu 14.04 given its Long-Term Support state and there being no breakthrough enterprise/server features of the Utopic Unicorn. Ubuntu 14.10 can be downloaded from the various Ubuntu mirrors such as anl.gov.
Ubuntu 15.04 is now open for development under the Vivid Vervet codename.