For good or bad, it sure seems like time flew by the past few months of the Ubuntu 14.10 development cycle; the feature freeze for the Utopic Unicorn is this week.
On 21 August is the Ubuntu 14.10 feature freeze while next week marks the beta one release for the Ubuntu 14.10 flavors opting into doing a beta release -- Ubuntu itself still doesn't do betas but Canonical encourages testing at will of their daily live ISOs.
It’s an obvious comparison: both Ubuntu and Superman are leaders, they are dependable, and they are arguably the most well known of their kind. Both are security minded and concerned with privacy, while Canonical’s laser-like focus in pursuit of convergence is nearly as intense as the red-hot beam fired out of Superman’s eyes!
Powerful, upfront and well intentioned (sometimes to a fault) the famous Linux distribution has much in common with the most famous superhero of all time.
Michael: I had been an Ubuntu user for nearly a year before I learned about the community and LoCo teams. It was through my LoCo team that I got involved in community activity, met Canonical employees, and ultimately got involved in the LoCo Team Portal (http://launchpad.net/loco-team-portal) development, and from there the Summit project. In fact, when I interviewed for a web developer position at Canonical, being able to show my work on those projects was probably a big contributing factor to my getting hired.
Mark Shuttleworth has said on a number of occasions that the first Ubuntu-powered smartphones should be arriving this Autumn, but unfortunately, the developers yet aren’t available to ship a stable version so soon. Now, a separate branch of Ubuntu Touch that will get RTM status, and will mainly be focused on bug fixes and stability issues.
After a few extremely frustrating hours trying to install Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS, the latest version of the Ubuntu operating system for desktop PCs and laptops, on an older netbook style laptop (one with only USB ports) I finally succeeded.
There was one crucial piece of information missing which, if I’d had it, would have made the whole process take perhaps half an hour. But I didn’t have that piece of information and, as a result, there was a lot of tearing out of hair and profane utterances …