Ubuntu 14.04 is now available for download, and the latest version on of the operating system will be around for a while. Sure, Ubuntu 14.10 will come along in October and offer some new features, but the makers of Ubuntu will support Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr for at least 5 years because it’s an LTS (Long Term Support) release.
Ubuntu LTS releases come out every two years, and offer folks (and businesses) that don’t want to go through the hassle of updating their operating system every 6 to 18 months a chance to run a version of Ubuntu that’ll be supported for a bit longer than that.
As an LTS release, the developers focused on stabilizing and fine tuning features from the last few versions of Ubuntu rather than introducing big changes.
Canonical is also focusing on cloud services as it continues to push Ubuntu as an enterprise operating system for servers. Ubuntu 14.04 also adds support for 64-bit ARM microservers.
Among other changes, the desktop version Ubuntu 14.04 includes:
- Preview of Unity 8 desktop environment
- Support for high DPI screens
- New lock screen and screen saver
- New window decorations
- Update to LibreOffice 4.2.3 with a new Start Center, and Writer and Calc improvements
- New Ubuntu-specific settings application
A pre-release version of Ubuntu Touch for phones and tablets has also moved to version 14.04. Official builds are available for the Google Nexus 4, Google Nexus 10, and Google Nexus 7 (2013), but the team has dropped support for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Google Nexus 7 (2012).
Ubuntu Touch has been updated to support tablet-specific elements on larger displays, support for multiple SIM cards, geolocation, contact and calendar sync, and more.