Brace yourself Ubuntu lovers!! Yes, the final stable version of Ubuntu 15.04, code named Vivid Vervet, is now ready for download. This release includes images from not only the Ubuntu Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products, but also the Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu Studio and Xubuntu flavours. Ubuntu 15.04 will be supported for 9 months for Ubuntu Desktop, Ubuntu Server, Ubuntu Core, Kubuntu, Ubuntu Kylin along with all other flavours.
Unfortunately, Ubuntu 15.04 doesn’t have any major new features, or performance improvements. It almost has the same features that the Ubuntu 14.xx versions had. Only a small amount of bug fixes, changes and feature improvements has added in this version.
Here is what’s new in Ubuntu 15.04.
- Linux 3.19.2 kernel ;
- systemd as default init ;
- Gnome 3.14 ;
- Unity 7.3 ;
- LIM, Locally Integrated Menus, are enabled by default ;
- Compiz 0.9.12 ;
- Firefox 36 ;
- Chromium 41 ;
- Libreoffice 4.4 ;
- MySQL 5.6 ;
- MariaDB 10.0 ;
- Percona Server 5.6;
- Percona XtraDB Cluster5.6 ;
- Pulseaudio 6 ;
- Android NDK support and bumped Android Studio to latest version ;
- Other new IDEs: IDEA and pycharm ;
- Golang compiler support ;
- Firefox developer edition ;
- Dartlang editor ;
- Stencyl game development platform ;
- Numerous usability improvements and accessibility (ppa, doc) ;
- LXC 1.1 ;
- LXD 0.17 ;
- libvirt 1.2.12 ;
- qemu 2.2 ;
- cloud-init 0.7.7 ;
- docker 1.5.0 ;
- Updated HA related package updates, such as corosync, haproxy, pacemaker ;
- And many.
One of the newly added notable feature is LXD. Ubuntu 15.04 is the first Ubuntu release to feature LXD. LXD has been developed to provide a fast, reliable and scalable way to manage system containers across the network. It’s entirely image based, secure by default, supports snapshots, live migration and offers a simple yet powerful REST API.
LXD ships with two clients:
- lxc, a command line client for small and medium size deployments where the operator doesn’t mind or prefers manual control.
- nova-compute-lxd, an OpenStack Nova plugin which makes managing containers as simple as managing virtual machines.
For more details, refer the Ubuntu 15.04 official release notes.
We expected that Unity 8 will come with this version. But the fact is it is not yet ready. No new Graphic server, no feature improvements. Only few things are added and polished in this version. I think it is better to stick with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS for a while till Canonical come up with some new features in their upcoming releases. As we all know, Ubuntu got nothing new since 12.10. There were not much new things in the Ubuntu desktop and server versions for the last three year.
Story behind codename ‘Vivid Vervet’
Usually, the Ubuntu developers are following a naming strategy. They will use an “adjective” followed by an “animal name” to name the every Ubuntu distribution. So, the Code name for Ubuntu 15.04 comes with the adjective “Vivid” which means obvious or apparent, and the animal name in the code name is Vervet. The vervet monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus), or simply vervet, is an Old World monkey of the family Cercopithecidae native to Africa.
And the Version number 15.04 indicates the year and month of the each Ubuntu release. In this case 15.04, 15 denotes the year 2015, and 04 denotes the month which is April(4th month of the year).
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