Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) this week on Deepavali. Now, Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) is scheduled to arrive on October 23, this Thursday on Deepavali. Users will be offered the chance to upgrade their systems, but this is an intermediary release and it’s not likely that many users will take this step. The Ubuntu LTS release was just six months ago and not too many users are going to exchange the five years of support for 14.04 with just nine months for 14.10.
Almost nothing has changed in the daily builds that have come out since 14.04 earlier this year. Please see the Utopic blueprint list for details.
That’s not surprising, really, as Canonical never had big plans for 14.10. Head over to the Utopic Blueprints page and you’ll see there are only 35 items listed. Compare that with the 13.10 release cycle of last year, which had 195 items.
Download Ubuntu 14.10
Images can be downloaded from a location near you. You can download ISOs from:
http://releases.ubuntu.com/14.10/ (Ubuntu Desktop and Server)
http://cloud-images.ubuntu.com/releases/14.10/release/ (Ubuntu Cloud Server)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/netboot/14.10/ (Ubuntu Netboot)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-core/releases/14.10/release/ (Ubuntu Core)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/releases/14.10/release/ (Edubuntu DVD)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/14.10/release/ (Ubuntu Studio)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-gnome/releases/14.10/release/ (Ubuntu GNOME)
Upgrading from Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
To upgrade on a desktop system:
# Press Alt+F2 and type in “update-manager” (without the quotes) into the command box.
# Update Manager should open up and tell you: New distribution release ‘14.10’ is available.
# Click Upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions.
To upgrade on a server system:
# Install the update-manager-core package if it is not already installed.
# Launch the upgrade tool with the command sudo do-release-upgrade.
# Follow the on-screen instructions.
Note that the server upgrade will use GNU screen and automatically re-attach in case of dropped connection problems.
Offline upgrade options via alternate CDs are no longer offered for Ubuntu Desktop and Ubuntu Server. Please ensure you have network connectivity to one of the official mirrors or to a locally accessible mirror and follow the instructions above.
Many users will also find that the upcoming Ubuntu release doesn’t differ too much from the 14.04 LTS from a design point of view. It was easy in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS to point out the new features, but it’s much more difficult to do that for Ubuntu 14.10. The problem is that most of the changes are under the hood and there are thousands of updated packages, including the Linux kernel and a few other major ones.