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Ubuntu 16.10 is now available for download

Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak now available for download
Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak
Nicknamed "Yakkety Yak," this new release aims to enforce Ubuntu's position as the leading Linux for the cloud, including Hybrid Cloud Operations and Unity 8 developer preview, as well as multiple tweaks and optimizations.

Canonical has just unveiled the latest Ubuntu version. Nicknamed Yakkey Yak, Ubuntu 16.10 comes with multiple updates to the core packages, including a new 4.8-based kernel, a switch to gcc-6, and more.

The highlights of the new Ubuntu release include the following:

  • Unity 8 developer preview with desktop, phone, and tablet UX convergence
  • Juju 2.0 hybrid cloud operations
  • Snapd 2.16
  • MAAS 2.0
  • over 500 snaps published
  • latency and throughput improvements in network and virtualization
  • newer GTK and QT versions
  • updates to major packages, including Firefox and LibreOffice

As it usually happens with new versions, the various Ubuntu variants also got updated. Their list includes Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio, and Xubuntu.

Ubuntu 16.04 users will get 16.10 as an automatic update, as long as they chose to be notified of all releases. Since this is not one LTS release, maintenance updates will only be provided for 9 months.

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Codrut Nistor, 2016-10-14 (Update: 2016-10-14)