100 scopes installed by default, parts of systemd incorporated into Upstart, phased updates (Ubuntu 13.04's official goals)
Days ago, the official Raring Ringtail development work started, scratching the surface of the upcoming Ubuntu 13.04, release that (judging by the officially expressed goals and Ubuntu's trend of continuously innovating) is to further enrich Ubuntu (on numerous levels).
The Ubuntu Developer Summit R's closing plenary (presenting itself as a gathering of interesting news into a global talk) exposed exciting announcements, news that (if implemented) are to transform Ubuntu into a more powerful, qualitative and multiple-sided operating system.
Unity presents the user a wide range of items, both local and online, approach generated by scopes; basically, a scope is a data source, usually used by a lens to gather data (consequently, the Help lens uses an askubuntu scope, aspect meant to push askubuntu bits into the Unity Help lens).
Ubuntu's Jason Warner summarized desktop-related UDS-R conclusion:
- 100 scopes installed by default ("We also have this goal of having 100 scopes installed by default,..., anyone out there who is working on some scopes, this is a really good opportunity for you to get it into the default install") minutes 16:04
- "the best elements" of systemd are to be incorporated into Upstart (such as
Ubuntu's Rick Spencer further explained (minutes 36:38) the plans on Ubuntu 13.04, goals rooted into quality and a rock-solid overall stability:
- Ubuntu 14.04 (the next LTS) is to power everything from phones to public clouds
- enhanced quality (with 2 week full testing cadence, new tests aimed at GNOME, etc)
- phased updates (an entirely new Raring approach, essentially, updates to initially land to a small number of users, then, automatically to more and more users, process related to discovered issues, etc)
- Ubuntu 13.04 to feature the 3.8 Linux kernel
- UDS-R official picture set published (395 images)
- Mark Shuttleworth at UDS-R: "By 14.04 we should have phone, tablet, desktop, TV, all wrapped up in one platform"
- Jason Warner, Ubuntu Desktop Manger, at UDS-R: "We're going to stick with Nautilus"
- Valve's Drew Bliss at UDS-R: "Ubuntu was the very obvious choice"