Ubuntu 16.10 Released, Ready to Download
After6 months of developmentyou can finallydownload Ubuntu 16.10, the latest stable release of the world’s most popular desktop linux distribution.
Also Read: 16 Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 16.10
But what is new and improved?
Well, we’ll get to that in a second. Chancesare you’re itching to start your Ubuntu 16.10 download already, so scroll on down to find all the relevant links you need, and then we’ll meet you back here.
Ready? Let’s go…What’s New in Ubuntu 16.10?
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Ubuntu 16.10 is not a big updateoverUbuntu 16.04 LTS,releasedback in April. If you were hoping it’d be acompelling or must-have upgrade you’ll be sadly disappointed.
But that doesn’t mean it’s worth skipping.
There are anumber of small improvements to theUnity desktop and the Compiz window manager that powers it. Improvements that help everything work that little bit faster, and that little bit smoother. Valuable, if hardly revolutionary, changes.
Ubuntu 16.10 also performsbetter in virtual machines thanks to the new Unity Low Graphics Mode ( which is also beingback-ported to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS ).
An all-new version of the Nautilus file manager also features, and is packed with some significant UI and UX differences. Plus, as always, there’s a newer Linux kernel to enjoy.A Larger .ISO Image
The Ubuntu 16.10 installation image (.iso)is a littlelarger than it used to be , up from1.4GB in April to 1.5GB today. Why the increase? Don’t get excited as it’s not to accommodate some extraapps.
No, the size bump is to allow more language packs to ship on the disc. Theseadd a couple hundred MB to the iso size but help speed up installation as locale-specific language packs don’t need to bedownloaded “on-demand”.
The downside:Ubuntu takes alittle bit longer to download than before.Unity 7.5
Unity 7.5features minor bug fixes, systemd units for the shell and related services,and an improvedlow graphics mode that helps make the desktop run quicker in virtual machines. It also improves the behaviour of maximised windows, and the look of the Dash when the Unity Launcher is moved to the bottom of the screen.Nautilus 3.20
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS shipswith Nautilus 3.14. Ubuntu 16.10 ships with Nautilus 3.20, which gives Ubuntu users access to many of the improvements GNOME users have benefited from over the past few years.
There’s a built-in file transfer progress widget (no more floating dialog that gets in the way), improvements to the UI for switching and setting icon zoomand icon order, and pop-over bubbles whenrenaming files.Unity 8 Preview Session
A Unity 8 preview session is available in Ubuntu 16.10 and gives you a sneak peek at the next-generation converged Ubuntu desktop.
But don’t get too excited. The Unity 8 desktop session is suitable for basic tasks, like web browsing, but, er, not much else.
For more about the Unity 8 desktopsessionread our ‘ Hands on with Unity 8 in Ubuntu 16.10 ‘ article, which is stuffedfull of screenshots and includes a short video demo .New Wallpaper
There’s an all-new Ubuntu 16.10 default wallpaper design to squint at:
Ubuntu’score applications have been updated in thisUbuntu 16.10 release. Among them is the latest stable release ofMozilla’s Firefox and the MozillaThunderbird e-mail client, along with new versions of otherkey apps like LibreOffice , Rhythmbox music player and the Eye of GNOME image viewer.
The new Ubuntu Software app, which made its first appearance in April’s Ubuntu 16.04 release, also sees improvement. The store is better able tohandle the installation and management ofSnap packages and Flatpack apps, and can display fonts, CLI apps, libraries and other system cruft alongside GUI apps.
The UbuntuSoftware app isalso significantlyfaster in use. This solves a real pet peeve of mine on the incumbent LTS desktop. Thankfully, Yakkety makes it quicker to find, browser, search and installapplications.
Key app updates:LibreOffice 5.2.2 Mozilla Firefox 49 Thunderbird 45 Ubuntu Software 3.20 Rhythmbox 3.4.1 GNOME Terminal 3.20 Shotwell 0.22 Linux Kernel 4.8
Ubuntu has the Linux kernel 4.8 chugging away under its hood.
The Linuxkernel 4.8 features numerable improvements to system stability, performance, power efficiency, and file systemhandling, including:Support for overclocking AMD graphic cards Initial NVIDIA Pascal support in Nouveau driver Raspberry Pi 3 SoC support ACPI Low-Power Idle support Support for the Microsoft Surface 3 touch screen Wider range of audio device, USB and webcam drivers All Yak, No Trousers
‘Only 45%of readerssay theyplan to upgrade ― Ubuntu 16.10 is not a compelling upgrade.’
Ubuntu 16.10 is not amust-have upgrade ― not for most people.
Over9,000 readers have voted in ourrecentpoll, which asks if they intend to upgrade . 45%say they did plan to upgrade to Ubuntu 16.10, while 34% said they do not, and will stick with an older version or a different distribution.
Compare that to April, when we asked the same question about Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and you’ll see a huge difference. Then, 94% said they planned to upgrade.
Thetruncated support period of 9months and a batch of minor improvements to the rest of the desktop do not a compelling upgrade make.
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