Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) Alpha 1 Released for Flavors

Update to the release schedule:

The first alpha releases of Ubuntu 15.04 are now available for download.  These are basically for testing and finding bugs.  You *will* find breakage.  That is a promise.  :D

The four flavors taking part in this release are Ubuntu GNOME, Kubuntu, Ubuntu Kylin and Lubuntu.  (Ubuntu will only participate in the final beta releae due in March 2015.)

Merry Christmas!

Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) Has Been Released

Utopic Unicorn has been released.  It is now available to download and install.

You can download ISOs of Ubuntu 14.10 and the other flavors from the following sites:

http://releases.ubuntu.com/14.10/ (Ubuntu Desktop and Server)
http://cloud-images.ubuntu.com/releases/14.10/release/ (Ubuntu Cloud Server)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/netboot/14.10/ (Ubuntu Netboot)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-core/releases/14.10/release/ (Ubuntu Core)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/14.10/release/ (Kubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/releases/14.10/release/ (Lubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/14.10/release/ (Ubuntu Studio)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-gnome/releases/14.10/release/ (Ubuntu GNOME)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntukylin/releases/14.10/release/ (UbuntuKylin)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/14.10/release/ (Xubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/mythbuntu/releases/14.10/release/ (Mythbuntu)

If you are upgrading from Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty) on a desktop system:

Press Alt+F2 and type in “update-manager” (without the quotes) into the command box.

Update Manager should then tell you:  New distribution release ‘14.10’ is available.

Click Upgrade and follow the instructions.

Ubuntu 15.04 Name to Be Vivid Vervet

Mark Shuttleworth has just announced that Ubuntu 15.04 will be called Vivid Vervet:

“In my favourite places, the smartest thing around is a particular kind of monkey. Vexatious at times, volant and vogie at others, a vervet gets in anywhere and delights in teasing cats and dogs alike. As the upstart monkey in this business I can think of no better mascot. And so let’s launch our vicenary cycle, our verist varlet, the Vivid Vervet!”

According to Wikipedia, the Vervet is a monkey that can be found “throughout Southern Africa and some of the eastern countries.”

Ubuntu Sources List Generator Ready for Utopic

The Ubuntu Sources List Generator is a great source for finding new repositories or noting which repositories are already available for an upcoming release.  It has repositories available for Precise, Trusty and Utopic – the latest LTS, the latest full release version and the upcoming release.  You can follow instructions for adding repositories individually, or you can save the file output by the generator and substitute it for you /etc/apt/sources.list.  (I would back up my sources.list first, before replacing it.)

Ubuntu Sources List Generator

Ubuntu 14.10 Final Beta Has Been Released

The Ubuntu team has now announced the final Beta release of Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) Desktop, Server, Cloud and Core versions.  The release also includes the Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu Studio and Xubuntu flavors.

As announced by Adam Conrad yesterday, Utopic “continues Ubuntu’s proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest opens source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution.  The team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs.”

To upgrade to Ubuntu 14.10 Final Beta from Ubuntu 14.04, follow these instructions:


The Ubuntu 14.04 Final Beta images can be downloaded at:

http://releases.ubuntu.com/14.10/ (Ubuntu and Ubuntu Server)

Additional images can be found at the following links:

http://cloud-images.ubuntu.com/releases/14.10/beta-2/ (Cloud Images)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/14.10/beta-2/ (Community Supported)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-core/releases/14.10/beta-2/ (Core)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/netboot/14.10/ (Netboot)

The full release notes for Ubuntu 14.10 Final Beta can be found at:


Kubuntu is the KDE based flavor of Ubuntu. It uses the Plasma desktop
and includes a wide selection of tools from the KDE project.

The Final Beta images can be downloaded at:

More information on Kubuntu Final Beta can be found here:

Lubuntu is a flavor of Ubuntu that targets to be lighter, less
resource hungry and more energy-efficient by using lightweight
applications and LXDE, The Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment,
as its default GUI.

The Final Beta images can be downloaded at:

Ubuntu GNOME:
Ubuntu GNOME is a flavor of Ubuntu featuring the GNOME desktop

The Final Beta images can be downloaded at:

More information on Ubuntu GNOME Final Beta can be found here:

Ubuntu Kylin:
Ubuntu Kylin is a flavor of Ubuntu that is more suitable for Chinese

The Final Beta images can be downloaded at:

Ubuntu Studio:
Ubuntu Studio is a flavor of Ubuntu that provides a full range of
multimedia content creation applications for each key workflows:
audio, graphics, video, photography and publishing.

The Final Beta images can be downloaded at:

Xubuntu is a flavor of Ubuntu that comes with Xfce, which is a stable,
light and configurable desktop environment.

The Final Beta images can be downloaded at:

Regular daily images for Ubuntu can be found at:

Humble Indie Bundle 12

The Humble Bundle people have outdone themselves with their latest, Humble Indie Bundle 12.  They have 10 excellent games available – all of which work on Linux!

The games included in this bundle are:  SteamWorld Dig, Hammerwatch, Gunpoint, Prison Architect (Early Access), Papers, Please, LUFTRAUSERS, Gone Home, The Bridge, Monaco: What’s Yours Is Mine, and Race the Sun.  Of these games you can pay what you want for SteamWorld Dig, Hammerwatch and Gunpoint.  Pay More than the average ($7.82 as of this posting) and you can unlock Papers, Please, LUFTRAUSERS, Gone Home, The Bridge, Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine, and Race the Sun.  If you pay $10 or more, you can unlock Prison Architect.

For the first time, Humble Bundle has made merchandise available.  If you pay more than $65, you can unlock the Humble Indie Bundle 12 Entertainment System, containing a 30-page issue of HIB Informer Magazine, two lapel pins with the Humble Bundle logo and Arstotzka Crest from Papers, Please, a HIB 12 Super Shirt, a HIB 12 Shareware 3.5″ floppy disk, the HIB 12 EP on vinyl and a collector’s box for all of this.  As noted on the Humble Bundle website:  “Yes, there is a vinyl record and 3.5″ floppy disk in this package.  For real, not a joke.  If you don’t know what either of those things are then go ask your parents or the Google.”

Play Linux Alpha 3 Now Available

Softpedia has recently put up an article about their new software, Play Linux. Play Linux is intended to supply necessary drivers, wine, winetricks, Play on Linux, Play Linux Kosmos and other software to make gaming life easier.

Play Linux is based on Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS, Trusty Tahr, but does not use Unity.  The developers “adopted Cinnamon, which is a bit lighter and more friendly towards people who previously used a Windows system.”

Play Linux Alpha 3 is now available for download. The standard warning applies – do not use it on production machines.


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