When will elementary OS Freya be released?

The name of the third stable version of elementary OS, Freya, was proposed in August 2013 by Daniel Foré, the elementary project lead. It will be based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (long term support), which was released in April 2014.

About the name

In Norse mythology, Freyja (Old Norse the “Lady”) is a goddess associated with love, sexuality, beauty, fertility, gold, seiðr, war, and death. Freyja is the owner of the necklace Brísingamen, rides a chariot pulled by two cats, owns the boar Hildisvíni, possesses a cloak of falcon feathers, and, by her husband Óðr, is the mother of two daughters, Hnoss and Gersemi. Along with her brother Freyr (Old Norse the “Lord”), her father Njörðr, and her mother (Njörðr’s sister, unnamed in sources), she is a member of the Vanir. Stemming from Old Norse Freyja, modern forms of the name include Freya, Frejya, Freyia, Frøya, Frøjya, Freia, and Freja. Source: Wikipedia

About the release

Everyone is eager to get their hand on Freya, why? …because its promises to be even more awesome than “luna”. A big act to follow you might say but the burning question is still “when will Freya be released?” You will see this question being asked countless times on other websites and forums and the answer is always “When it’s Ready”. So when will that be?

The process in the simplest of terms is as follows…

Currently Freya is under development and striving toward a first beta release and you can track progress here. When this milestone is reached, Freya (beta 1) “unstable” will be released to testers to identify bugs etc.Bug fixes often generate additional bugs and these will be identified in a second beta release.

There are an army of developers working diligently to meet these milestones to bring “Freya” as soon as possible. They are not working to a public deadline date, like other Linux distros, but its guaranteed the goals they set themselves will put them under pressure.

The key for us the end users is to be patient, “luna” is still less than a year old and is still awesome.

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  1. “The key for us the end users is to be patient, “luna” is still less than a year old and is still awesome.”

    While that’s true, there are a few shortcomings. For instance, a lot of software I encounter requires 12.10 or higher. Apparently Canonical committed some changes in 12.10 which where eagerly awaited by developers.

    Beta1 is just 27 bugs away (3 New, 7 Confirmed, 17 In Progress) but is gonna be so unstable, they should call it an alpha. The Ubuntu 14.04 base is there, together with an improved wingpanel, switchboard + plugs, headerbars and pantheon photos. So the big changes have already been made (except for all the Noise improvements).

    • Thank your for sharing this. Your last sentence really validates my “be patient” concerning luna.
      I am curious about the “software I encounter requires 12.10 or higher” remark. Can you share some examples along with their source type (PPA,deb or USC etc)?
      This is the type of information our site wants to share with users to avoid any unnecessary complexities when using elementary.

  2. You posted Beta1 is just 27 bugs away. Okay, Thanks for that. A couple of days ago Daniel Foré mentioned all Blueprints implemented and release date is very close.


    Smile on my face about that. But looking at the progress of fixing bugs on launchpad it might takes another 100 or 200 days until all are bugs are fixed.

    • Firstly to clarify, elementarynow did not post: “Beta1 is just 27 bugs away”. Im guessing you are replying to a previous comment.

      Speculation is fun and harmless but I dont think anyone here is close enough to forecast with any degree of accuracy. From experience though and taking luna as a measure I believe it was 8 months from beta to stable. Its possible to speculate that this timeframe will be improved on for Isis (hopefully).

      The original article is there to describe to new comers that there is a process and to be patient despite what they read from other sources.

  3. I am the first to admit that I know nothing about this process, but I just looked over the bug list and I noticed that there are about 300 or so bugs currently being worked on – which brings me to my first question:

    Most of the high/critical bugs appear to be close to completion. How ‘bug free’ would eOS have to be to proceed to Beta? I can’t imagine that they ever get to zero…maybe someone could answer with what a reasonable number would be.

    Secondly, it seems like a significant proportion of these bugs is from Audience (which apparently is the media player). I didn’t count them, but I’d guess 30-40% based on a quick scroll.

    I’ve long suspected the eOS guys kind of bite off more than they can chew when it comes to reinventing the wheel…if the media player is so buggy that it’s proving a major hold up, would it not be worthwhile to just use one of the countless others already available, and devote resources to The Things We Love You For (ie being fast and beautiful), and get the product out the door faster accordingly?

  4. thanks for this explanation and yes let’s be patient

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