While waiting for the final release of the Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) operating system, which will see the light of day on October 17, we can take a look at the release schedule for the next major iteration of the OS, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.
There's no codename for the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS release, as Mark Shuttleworth has yet to announce it, but we can tell you right now when the operating will be officially released and when exactly its development iterations will be out.
The same release schedule used in Ubuntu 13.04 and Ubuntu 13.10 applies for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS too, which means that there will be two Alpha versions and one Beta release for opt-in flavors, and a Final Beta release for all editions, including Ubuntu.
Without further ado, here's the official release schedule for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, in its final form, extracted from Ubuntu Wiki:
December 19th, 2013 - Alpha 1 release (for opt-in flavors)
January 23rd, 2014 - Alpha 2 release (for opt-in flavors)
February 27th, 2014 - Beta 1 release (for opt-in flavors)
March 27th, 2014 - Final Beta release
April 17th, 2014 - Final release of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
As you can see, the first Alpha release for all the other flavors of Ubuntu will be unleashed to testers worldwide this year, on the December 19, but the actual development will start next month, on October 24, when we are able to access daily builds.
Mark Shuttleworth, father of the Ubuntu operating system, will be the one to announce the codename for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, most probably just before the official release of the highly anticipated Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) Linux operating system.
The yet-to-be-released Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) distribution will bring in cool new features, especially the first port for the Ubuntu Phones, under the name Ubuntu Touch OS. More will be revealed on October 17, 2013.