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Canonical launches Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

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Codenamed Xenial Xerus, this new long-term release is the first one to offer support for mainframes, also introducing the new Ubuntu MATE community flavour, support for the ZFS file system, .deb and snap packages, and more.

Yesterday, Canonical unleashed a new long-term support version of the notorious Ubuntu Linux operating system. Dubbed "Xenial Xerus," Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is the sixth such release by Canonical, but the first one to work with the new s390x architecture for IBM LinuxONE and z Systems. Ubuntu 16.04 LTS also introduces the new MATE community variant, as well as support for ZFS and more.

According to the official email that carried the release news, the new version "continues Ubuntu's proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution." In addition to those mentioned earlier, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS also includes a new kernel (4.4.6) with stability improvements to Unity, newer versions of GTK and Qt, updated major packages, snap application format and .deb support, and much more.

In addition to the main release, those interested can also get the updated Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Mythbuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio, and Xubuntu flavors. However, the only variants to receive updates for five years are Ubuntu Desktop, Ubuntu Server, Ubuntu Cloud, Ubuntu Core, and Ubuntu Kylin. The remaining releases will only get three years of support.

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Codrut Nistor, 2016-04-22 (Update: 2017-02-17)