Canonical only releases a single Beta version during the entire six-month development cycle, four weeks before the final version is made available. This has been the case for a while now, but not all flavors follow the same trend.
The new Ubuntu 14.10 is called Utopic Unicorn and the release made today covers the Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products. Although this is a Beta release for the operating system, it's pretty close to the final build and representative of the final product.
After Mozilla released the latest Firefox 32.0.3 Internet browser, the Ubuntu maintainers were quick to make the new version available to the supported OSes.
According to the Ubuntu security report, fraudulent security certificates could have allowed sensitive information to be exposed when accessing the Internet. "Antoine Delignat-Lavaud and others discovered that NSS incorrectly handled parsing ASN.1 values. An attacker could use this issue to forge RSA certificates."
The Linux kernel is one of the most important packages in a distribution, so everyone is paying attention to what the Ubuntu developers will decide to implemented. It's been already established the branch of the kernel that will be used in Ubuntu 14.10, but it remains to be seen what specific version will be used.
Penguinistas now have another reason not to adopt Ubuntu as their operating system of choice. Canonical and Oracle have each announced, in separate blog posts, that the two companies are working together to insure the compatibility of each company’s Linux offering on the other’s OpenStack cloud implementation.
Such a collaboration isn’t surprising. To be successful in the cloud, Canonical will need to support any Linux distro that potential enterprise customers throw at them, just as they’ll need to support Windows, and to a lesser degree, OS X. What is surprising is that Canonical thought it best to advertise the fact that they’re now holding hands with Oracle, if not in fact dating.
Mesa 10.3 is in the process of making its way to Ubuntu 14.10.
Maarten Lankhorst of Canonical has pushed Mesa 10.3.0 into the utopic-proposed archive after merging the updated Mesa packages from debian-experimental. Confirmation of Mesa 10.3 coming for Ubuntu 14.10 can be found via this change message.
Mesa 10.3 was officially released last week and features many improvements and new capabilities. On the graphics front, earlier this month was when X.Org Server 1.16 finally landed for Ubuntu 14.10.
The Google Nexus 6, aka Nexus X, is heading for an official launch soon and one of its highlights that it will release running Android L, the new version of the mobile operating system. Being able to use a smartphone running pure vanilla Android is really appealing to many people, but some may prefer the Nexus 6 on Ubuntu rather than Android L.
There has been plenty of speculation over the last few months about the Nexus 6. So far even the name hasn’t been confirmed, and there have been recent rumors that it may be titled the Nexus X. One thing that’s a given though is that it will run the Android L update, which is currently with developers and also hasn’t had its final name confirmed.