Ubuntu 16.10 new features, sadly no Unity 8 yet

Yakkety Yak

Ubuntu 16.10 codename “Yakkety Yak” will be the second release for the year 2016 of the popular operating system. There’s really not much to write about it, although Xenial Xerus was meant to be an epochal release, it failed its purpose according to many of its users. Of course Xenial was a great release but it missed quite a few things. One of these was Unity 8 that unfortunately won’t make it in time for Yakkety Yak. This is the 7th time Unity 8 gets delayed. Unity 8 will be available on Yakkety, but not as default session since it is still not on-par with Unity 7. Since much of the effort was put on the LTS release, Yakkety won’t feature as many new features as Xenial much like WIly Werewolf.

When will it be released?

Ubuntu 16.10 is scheduled to be released on the 13th October 2016.

How do I install Ubuntu 16.10?

You can find a step-by-step tutorial here.

Ubuntu 16.10 New features

  • Kernel: we expect Linux 4.8 to be the default kernel for Yakkety, although that may not happen. If that’s not the case Linux 4.7 is ready.
  • systemD: following the work started in 15.04 Vivid Vervet, Yakkety will use systemD during graphical session startup. Although this is planned for Yakkety, many other spins like Kubuntu still haven’t had their session startup switched to systemD.
  • Larger images: the maximum image size (iso) has been increased to 2GB from 1GB.
  • LibreOffice 5.2: the 5.2 “fresh” version will be included in this release.
  • Unity 8: will be available but will not be the default session. We hope to see Mir+Unity 8 in 17.04 .
  • Gnome 3.20: the Gnome spin will feature version 3.20 released in March. Here’s a video to get a glance.
  • Ubuntu Mate: the Mate spin is receiving quite the overhaul:
    • GTK3+: Mate is switching to GTK3+ by default.
    • Snap: Mate developers are exploring packaging through snap. They won’t drop deb packaging in the near future anyhow.
    • Software Boutique: the “store” software now has “search” and “news” sections.
  • Lubuntu: the project will continue to use LXDE instead of the newer LXQt (it isn’t known if this will happen in the near future).

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