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.

Founder Mark Shuttleworth has announced that Ubuntu 15.04 will be code-named Vivid Vervet. It’s scheduled to arrive at the end of April, 2015.

Vervet Monkey photo credit: Ben Tullis
Vervet Monkey photo credit: Ben Tullis

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.


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12 replies on “Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet due in 2015”

  1. i guess there is small problem,
    on 25th is Saturday in India, is this a time gap problem or manual mistake…?????

  2. What happened to all the Ubuntu Touch devices that were supposed to be released in October? Now it’s then end of October and ?????????

  3. Ubuntu for phones and tablets are dead. Linux is already the #1 system on those, it’s called Android.

    1. The interesting thing about Ubuntu for phones is that when full convergence arrives on the platform, you will be able to simply put your phone into a docking station (or manually connect monitor, keyboard and mouse) and then use full desktop Ubuntu. No file syncing nonsense, carrying your whole computer in your pocket.

      1. That’s the ideal. I hope we can get some sort of resemblence of that. I’d even settle for the more kludgy dual OS solution (ie. Android + Ubuntu or some other desktop Linux distro).

  4. If they really wanted to make Linux more mainstream, end the 6 month cycle and just use a rolling release. That would also stop all the Distro hoppers that do nothing but put on a new OS every other day.

  5. When they get all the way to letter Z will it start over again at letter A? 🙂

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