'Snow melts and trees blossom, but nothing really says spring around
the Ars Orbital HQ like the arrival of a new version of Ubuntu Linux.
Right on schedule, Canonical has recently released Ubuntu 15.04, also
known as Vivid Vervet.
Ubuntu 15.04 arrived in late April and has, judging by other reviews,
largely underwhelmed. According to the popular storyline, there's not
much new in 15.04. Of course, a slew of changes and unforeseen
features in 15.04 could have just as easily earned a negative
reaction, probably from the same people calling the actual release
boring. The top of the Linux mountain is a lonely, criticism-strewn
The truth is, this line of thought is partially correct. There isn't
much new in 15.04, at least not in terms of visible changes to the
But for most users this is a good thing—change doesn't mean better.
Frankly, Ubuntu 15.04's Unity desktop is mature, stable, and not
really in need of many improvements. There are still some design
inconsistencies (mostly GTK3 issues) and small problems here and
there, but for the most part 15.04 delivers a great desktop
Those clamoring for big changes will have to wait. But more than
likely, when those seismic shifts coming in Unity 8 arrive around this
time next year, these same people will be reminiscing fondly about
15.04. Everyone will forget they once found this release "boring."'
Peter Reutemann, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Waikato, NZ
Ph. +64 (7) 858-5174