Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet)

Last week Ubuntu 15.04 was released, so I upgraded straight away. Ubuntu follows a bi-annual release cycle, with one release in April and one in October (so the releases this year will be 15.04 and 15.10, next year will be 16.04 and 16.10, etc.) The name for this release is Vivid Vervet.

Vivid Vervet Desktop

Changes

From the release notes you will see that the changes for this release were fairly minor, by Ubuntu standards.

A few notable improvements (best said with caution) are:

  • systemd has replaced startup as standard boot and service manager. This is largely because "everyone" is using systemd now.
  • Linux kernel has been updated to 3.19. This change is especially good for me as at fixed a kernel bug I was experiencing.
  • With regard to applications, this release ships with LibreOffice 4.4, Firefox 37, and Chromium 41. I don't really use any of those, but the people who do will notice the most significant changes here.
  • Unity 7.3 has some minor display improvements and global menus are now gone by default. This change did not affect me as I had already removed those pesky things. The major UI changes have been kept back for the Unity 8 upgrade that should be coming out in the next year or so.

Verdict

Upgrading from Ubuntu 14.10 to Ubuntu 15.04 was perhaps the smoothest upgrade experience I have ever had with any OS. There are no big "wow-factor" items to really talk about here, but I'll say this: it just works. And that's really all this update had to deliver.

So, what are you waiting for? Go on, download and install Ubuntu now.