Linux distributions used to be exciting. New Linux distributions brought lots of bug fixes and new features and big software upgrades. But the average Linux distribution isn’t so exciting anymore.
Ubuntu 15.10 came without any big new features, just like Ubuntu 15.04 did before it, and even Ubuntu 14.10 before that. OpenSUSE made some big news by announcing a new development model in OpenSUSE Leap, but that new model is basing a Linux distribution on more stable enterprise code and making the core less bleeding-edge. Linux Mint is one of the more exciting Linux distributions for desktop users, but even it isn’t making huge changes—just adding more layers of polish to the desktop on top of a stable Ubuntu 14.04 LTS core.
Is that bad? Not necessarily. The Linux desktop is boring and functional and stable, and that’s awesome. Huge changes will arrive in the future with Unity 8 and Snappy packages on Ubuntu, Wayland on Fedora and other distributions, and more. But, even when those arrive, many Linux users will continue using the old, stable desktops for a long time to come. You don’t have to fiddle with Linux anymore. You can actually just use it. That’s been the case for years, but it’s still worth appreciating.