Canonical plans to release Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn on Thursday, October 23rd. The following week work will begin on the next major update to the open source operating system.
In case you’re wondering, a vervet is a type of monkey… and while I expect the search rankings to change very quickly, this morning the top Google search result for “vivid vervet” tells me that the monkey has a “vivid blue scrotum.”
Ubuntu is one of the most popular Linux-based operating systems, known for stability, ease of use, and occasionally controversial user interface choices.
Canonical releases new builds of Ubuntu every 6 months, which makes new versions of the operating system a bit less exciting than new builds of OS X or Windows. But 2014 and 2015 could be big years for the operating system. While Ubuntu is already relatively popular in the server and desktop operating system spaces, the first smartphones running Ubuntu software are expected to ship soon.
Ubuntu for phones and tablets shares many features with the desktop version of the operating system, but there’s a focus on new types of apps designed for smaller, touchscreen displays.
Moving forward, Shuttleworth says the team hopes to bring Ubuntu to other device categories, bringing enhanced security and support to the “Internet of things” space.