The final beta of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, codenamed “Xenial Xerus”, has been released today!
The beta release features images for not only the Ubuntu Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products, but also the Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Mythbuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio, and Xubuntu flavours.
New Features in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS:
- based on Linux Kernel 4.4
- python has been upgraded to the 3.5 series
- golang toolchain was upgraded to the 1.6 series, and gcc-go was upgraded to the GCC6 branch.
- includes a new port to 64-bit z/Architecture for IBM mainframe computers.
- GNOME is mostly upgraded to 3.18. GLib upgraded to to 2.48 (corresponding to GNOME 3.20)
- Ubuntu Software Center is replaced by Gnome Software.
- Improved HiDPI support
- Unity online searches disabled by default.
- Unity Launcher can be moved to bottom
- Chromium 48, Firefox 45, LibreOffice 5.1
- See the release note for more
There is, however, one bug in this beta serious, and will be fixed before release:
In some cases, attempts to install to a hard drive that already contains a swap partition may fail in the partitioning phase. If you encounter this, the simplest workaround is to boot to the live session, start a terminal (Ctrl-Alt-T) and type “sudo swapoff -a”. You can then start the installation from the icon on the desktop and it should proceed successfully.
Download Ubuntu 16.04 Beta 2:
The final release of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS expected on April 21st, 2016.