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Why is there no release of Ubuntu 14.04 Beta 1?

There is a release for all of the Ubuntu spin-off's (Xubuntu,Lubuntu,etc) but nothing specific to Ubuntu that I've found.

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Are you specifically looking for a Beta 1 iso? This questions has "answers" that direct you to daily lives. But if you're looking for something more stable than a daily live, you may want to make that explicit in your question. (Even as it is now, I think those "answers" could probably be converted to comments.) –  Eliah Kagan Mar 3 at 19:14
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Canonical have developed an ongoing method to continuously assess the progress of development called AutoPilot Tests.

Autopilot is a functional testing tool. It simulates user actions by generating keyboard and mouse events, and then testing the internal state of the application in question. It works for gtk and qt based applications.

In summary, this involves various automated testing procedures to prove the viability of any changes to the build.

Canonical have stated that the extent of the automated testing has been so successful that the normal 3 alphas/2 beta approach to development that was so prevalent in earlier versions of Ubuntu is no longer required. It could be construed that this is close to the "rolling release" version of Ubuntu - someone using this build always receives the latest versions of software during the overall cycle of development & testing. Such a release is very well tested by the automated tests.

This approach was seen with the development Raring (13.04) and has continued with refinements for both Saucy (13.10) and especially for this LTS release.

As you can see from the release schedule - there is only one official beta release of Trusty - this coincides with beta 2 for the opt-in flavours of Ubuntu.

To provide flexibility for the differing development strategies for the various Ubuntu Desktop teams, the teams themselves nominate whether they wish to "opt-in" to this automated testing regime or to follow the more traditional point-in-time release strategy. So far, only the Ubuntu desktop team has taken this approach. However it should be remembered - for the vast majority of software and underlying software that is common, this automated approach benefits the wider eco-system - and indeed benefits Debian and Upstream - bugs are found more quickly and pushed upwards where necessary.


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