Xubuntu 14.10 “Utopic Unicorn” Released

After six months of development, the latest version of Xubuntu has been released! Xubuntu 14.10 “Utopic Unicorn” features the latest in Xfce development and is the first step towards the next Long Term Support release in 2016.

Here are 10 new things to look for in the latest release.  For a more comprehensive list of changes and a list of download links, please see the official release announcement and release notes.

Appearance Updates

1. The login screen received a minor visual refresh and greater customization options.

LightDM GTK+ Greeter with the latest Greybird theme.
LightDM GTK+ Greeter with the latest Greybird theme.

2. The new wallpaper for this release adds a splash of pink to the Xfce mouse.

The new default wallpaper for Xubuntu 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn"
The new default wallpaper for Xubuntu 14.10 “Utopic Unicorn”

3. To celebrate the 14.10 codename “Utopic Unicorn,” pink highlights have been added. The installed “Theme Configuration” utility allows you to revert or easily change to another color.

Using “Theme Configuration”, you can easily change Xubuntu’s colors to match your mood.

Xfce Updates

4. Xfce Power Manager 1.4 sports several improvements over previous releases. Brightness controls have been extended to support backlit keyboards and new laptop displays better. The updated panel plugin shows the device charge status, adds display brightness controls, and fixes “Presentation Mode,” — letting you disable automatic screensavers.

Xfce Power Manager replaces the Power Indicator for Xubuntu 14.10
Xfce Power Manager replaces the Power Indicator for Xubuntu 14.10

5. With the latest Xfce Display Settings, managing multiple monitors is no longer a hassle. Just drag and rearrange the displays to your liking.

The new drag-and-drop display settings greatly improves multihead support.
The new drag-and-drop display settings greatly improves multihead support.

6. With the updated Xfce window manager, the Alt–Tab switcher has a refreshed appearance and the ability to select windows with your mouse or by touch.

Even minor features like the Alt-Tab switcher have been improved.
Even minor features like the Alt-Tab switcher have been improved.

7. The latest Whisker Menu and changes to the default configuration make applications in the Settings Manager searchable.

Quickly find and launch any application with the Whisker Menu.
Quickly find and launch any application with the Whisker Menu.

Application Updates

8. With Catfish 1.2, previewing files has been greatly simplified. Easily switch between details and preview mode. When the search index becomes outdated, Catfish will also notify you to update.

Catfish makes searching for images easier with the latest release.
Catfish makes searching for images easier with the latest release.

9. Parole 0.7 introduces a new Clutter-based backend and finally supports video playback in Virtualbox. The media controls are now contained in a slide-over overlay (with a configurable timeout).

Parole's interface is further refined with each new release.
Parole’s interface is further refined with each new release.

10. Light Locker Settings has been improved, further integrating with Xfce Power Manager to handle screensaver settings.

Light Locker Settings can now integrate with other screensaver managers.
Light Locker Settings can now integrate with other screensaver managers.

That’s it for this release, now get ready for 15.04 “Vivid Vervet”!