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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) Hits Final Beta Freeze


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The final Beta version for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) and all its flavors is almost upon us and the development cycle has just entered the final freeze.

When Ubuntu enters feature freeze it means that no new features are accepted by the developers into the main repositories. This usually happens at the end of a development cycle and it's put in place so that devs can focus on fixing existing issues and to stop major bugs and issues affecting the final release of the distribution.

Canonical has been pushing a lot of new features into Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) and this might just turn out to be one of the most exciting releases in a long time. With such a wealth of new options and changes, some bugs might still be present and the problems must be fixed before users get their hands on the distribution.

“As of nowish, the archive is frozen for 14.04 Final Beta preparation, and will continue to be frozen from here until Final release next month. As with the previous release, we have a bot in place that will accept uploads that are unseeded and don't affect images. Don't take this as an open invitation to break Feature Freeze on those components, this is just to reduce the burden on the release team, so we only review the uploads that need very serious consideration,” said Adam Conrad from the Ubuntu Release Team.

Canonical has dropped the regular releases during the development cycle of Ubuntu and the developers only release a Final beta shortly before the final version is made available. That Final beta of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) is expected to arrive the day after tomorrow, on March 27.

Also, the flavor leaders have been invited to finish all the necessary testing by tomorrow morning at the latest and to submit all the announcement links.

“I will be doing one last debian-installer upload later tonight and then one manual respin of all the images once the archive appears to settle down. After that, leads are on their own for spins via the tracker,” also said Adam Conrad.

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) is expected to arrive on April 17 and Canonical hasn't missed a launch date yet. This final freeze is not exactly ironclad and, if some developer feels that something needs to be changed, it can be done with special permission, usually from release managers.


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Looking forward for the final version. I migrated from Windows 8.1 to Ubuntu 13.10 and all I have to say is that Ubuntu is much better than Windows, at least for my use :showoff:

Somethings are a bit tricky, but I liked Ubuntu and I am learning how to handle with it :D

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS to Ship with Linux Kernel 3.13

As Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) is getting close to the final release in April, the Ubuntu developers are also preparing to end the series of kernel updates for this development cycle.

Canonical will integrate Linux kernel 3.13.x in the final version of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), although a lot of users have been hoping that Linux kernel would be out in time for the current release.

During one of the previous Ubuntu Developer Summits, the Linux kernel team from Canonical expressed their hopes for a 3.14 release that would be just in time for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), but that obviously didn't happen.

Unlike Canonical, the Linux kernel developers and maintainers don't abide by a specific schedule and it's very hard to predict what version will be out in six months (this is the development cycle for the Ubuntu distro). You can make some general assumptions but, like with any major project, there are delays and unforeseen problems that can postpone a release or that can force the launch of another Release Candidate.

“The 3.13.0-19.40 Trusty kernel has been uploaded to the archive. We'll anticipate one more upload before kernel freeze on Thurs Apr 3. If there are any patches which need to land in our 14.04 Trusty kernel, get them submitted to the Ubuntu kernel team mailing list asap. After kernel freeze, all patches are subject to our Ubuntu SRU policy,” said Joseph Salisbury from Canonical.

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) will be released with three years of support for the desktop version and with five years of support for the server version. This means that the new operating system from Canonical will be around for some time. Just look at Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, which is still widely used today, even if other Ubuntu versions have been released since then.

It would have been nice to get a newer Linux kernel, 3.14 for example, but keep in mind that the LTS build of Ubuntu benefits from point releases, which usually come with kernel updates. This means that Ubuntu 14.04.1 will most likely feature a much newer – maybe even better – version than Linux kernel 3.14.

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) is scheduled for launch on April 17. The final Beta freeze is already in place and the final kernel freeze is on April 3. The Ubuntu developers might do one more update until then, but 3.13 is definitely the final build for this release branch.


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Always great when the next LTS release comes out, Thanks for the heads-up Sujith !!

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