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Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak is reaching the end of its life. Its users will no longer receive security notices, critical fixes, or updated packages after today, July 20. Even third-party PPAs will end support for Ubuntu 16.10 too.

Ubuntu 16.10 was released on October 13, 2016. It’s a short term release with a 9-month support cycle. User can choose:

  • either upgrade to Ubuntu 17.04, the latest short term release with support until Jan 2018.

  • or download Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, long-term support release with 5-year support cycle, which will end support in 2021

For those sticking to Ubuntu Tweak for cleaning system caches, the 0.8.8 release is still available for install in Ubuntu 16.10 via a third-party PPA.

Ubuntu Tweak is simple tool for configuring Ubuntu Desktop settings, it is no longer under maintenance since May 2016. The last release is Ubuntu Tweak 0.8.8, and it’s still available in third party repositories for Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 16.10.

Install Ubuntu Tweak in Ubuntu 16.10:

While Ubuntu Tweak is stuck at version 0.8.8, there’s no future updates, so download the .deb directly from the PPA link below:

Click expand the Yakkety packages and download the “ubuntu-tweak-0.8.8-5~yakkety_all.deb” package:

Finally click to install the package via Ubuntu Software. Or run command (Ctrl+Alt+T) in terminal to install the package via dpkg:

sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/ubuntu-tweak_0.8.8-*.deb; sudo apt -f install

Once installed, launch the software from Unity Dash / App Launcher and enjoy!

How to Create A Bootable Ubuntu 16.10 USB Stick

Last updated: October 14, 2016

Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak has been released. For those want to install Ubuntu 16.10 from an ISO image, here’s how to create a bootable USB stick using UNetbootin.

Unetbootin is an open-source and cross-platform utility for burning ISO into a bootable USB stick. And I use UNetbootin to install Ubuntu since it was Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty.


  • A computer with Linux, Windows, or Mac system.
  • USB drive with 2GB+ memory.

To get start:

1. Download UNetbootin executable from the link below:

For Ubuntu, you don’t have to download anything, just search for and install unetbootin from Ubuntu Software Center.

2. Download Ubuntu 16.10 ISO image from

You may check the downloaded image via MD5SUMS or SHA1SUMS

3. Plug-in your USB drive (better to format to FAT32) and then launch UNetbootin:

It auto-detects and selects your USB drive, so all you need to do is check the “Diskimage” box and choose the Ubuntu 16.10 ISO image. And leave other options default.

4. Click OK and it starts copying files to the USB stick and this will take a few minutes:

5. When done, it prompts you to restart or exist:

Finally plug the USB drive to any computer, select boot USB in BIOS settings, and you’ll see the GRUB menu, when it boots up, with boot entries to try, install Ubuntu.

How to Upgrade to Ubuntu 16.10 from Ubuntu 16.04

Last updated: October 7, 2016

Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak now is at Final freeze stage, you can now upgrade from Ubuntu 16.04 to Ubuntu 16.10 dev. Then running system update via Software Updater will bring you to the final release of Ubuntu 16.10 on October 13th.


1. First always backup important data, bookmarks, etc.

2. Launch System Settings -> Software & Updates and do:

  • disable or remove all third-party repositories on Other Software tab.
  • under Updates tab, choose “For any new version” after Notify me for a new Ubuntu version
  • select Open Source graphic driver in Additional Drivers and REBOOT after applied changes.

Upgrade Ubuntu Desktop to Ubuntu 16.10:

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to update whole system:

sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade

2. Launch update-manager with -d option to check Ubuntu 16.10 dev release:

sudo update-manager -d

When it prompts that Ubuntu 16.10 is available, click the Upgrade button. Follow the wizard and enjoy!

Upgrade Ubuntu Server to 16.10:

For Ubuntu server, after making a backup do following steps:

1. Install the update-manager-core package if it is not already installed via command:

sudo apt install update-manager-core

2. Configure update-manager via command:

sudo nano /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades

Change the line “Prompt=LTS” to “Prompt=normal” (without quotes) and save the file.

3. Finally start upgrading via the command below and follow on screen prompts:

sudo do-release-upgrade -d

Final Beta of Ubuntu 16.10 Available for Download

Last updated: September 29, 2017

The final beta of Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak has been released, features images for Ubuntu Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, and Ubuntu Studio flavors.

Ubuntu 16.10 beta2 ships Linux Kernel 4.8, and its flavors features:

  • Kubuntu 16.10 ships plasma 5.7 and kde applications 15.12
  • LXQt images are postponed until Lubuntu 17.04
  • Ubuntu Gnome 16.10:
    • includes Gnome 3.20
    • Many apps updated to Gnome 3.22 while core system is still at 3.20
    • Most GNOME apps now have a Keyboard Shortcuts popup available in the app menu.
    • LibreOffice 5.2 is included.
    • experimental wayland session
    • new desktop wallpapers.
  • Ubuntu Mate 16.10 ships MATE desktop 1.15.1, the 1.16 release will be available via updates soon.

The final release of Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety to be released on October 13th, 2016.


Ubuntu 16.10:

Kubuntu 16.10:

Lubuntu 16.10:

Ubuntu Gnome 16.10:

Ubuntu Kylin 16.10:

Ubuntu Mate 16.10:

Ubuntu Studio 16.10:

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS can now be upgraded to Ubuntu 16.10 Beta2 via update-manager with –dev-release option.


The default desktop wallpaper for Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak has been unveiled. PNG-8, PNG-24, and the same for greyscale, along with mobile formatted ones are available for download.

The new desktop wallpaper looks not all that different from the previous releases’ wallpapers:

Ubuntu 16.10 Wallpaper

Ubuntu 16.10 Wallpaper Gray version

Here are the old releases wallpapers:

Ubuntu 16.04 default wallpaper

Ubuntu 15.10 default wallpaper

Ubuntu 15.04 default wallpaper


All the Ubuntu 16.10 default wallpaper version, provided by Will Cooke, is available for download at Bug #1621413.

The First Beta of Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak Released

Last updated: September 29, 2017

The Ubuntu Team has announced the first beta release of Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak, feathers images for Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio.

This pre-release includes the v4.4 kernel, LibreOffice 5.2, and a number of software updates that are ready for wider testing. These images are still under development, so you should expect some bugs.

Ubuntu 16.10 Beta 1 Release Highlights:

Lubuntu still uses LXDE since LXQT is still in development.

Ubuntu GNOME 16.10:

  • includes GNOME 3.20
  • Select apps have been updated to their GNOME 3.22 Beta 1 (3.21.90) versions.
  • GTK 3 version of LibreOffice 5.2 by default.
  • GNOME’s Initial Setup utility is included and enabled.
  • Empathy is no longer installed by default for new installs.
  • The new Characters character map utility is installed by default.
  • The experimental wayland session is included.

Ubuntu Kylin 16.04 fixed many internationalization and localization bugs.

Ubuntu MATE 16.10:

  • Migrated to GTK 3.20
  • Updated to MATE Dock Applet 0.74
  • Updated many MATE packages for improved GTK 3.20 support
  • Removed MATE Heads-Up Display (HUD)

Ubuntu Studio 16.04 included dgedit, drumgizmo, gpick, calibre, pdf-shuffler, plume-creator. Replaced recordmydesktop with vokoscreen, and gnome-color-manager with dispcalgui. Also an updated list of packages included.

Future releases for Ubuntu 16.10:

September 22nd Final Beta
October 6th Final Freeze, Release Candicate
October 13th Final release of Ubuntu 16.10

Ubuntu 16.10 Alpha 2 Available for Download

Last updated: September 29, 2017

Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak now reaches the Alpha 2 release, features images for Lubuntu, Ubuntu MATE and Ubuntu Kylin.

The second alpha of the Yakkety Yak (to become 16.10) has now been released!

This milestone features images for Lubuntu, Ubuntu MATE and Ubuntu Kylin.

Pre-releases of the Yakkety Yak are *not* encouraged for anyone needing a stable system or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even frequent breakage. They are, however, recommended for Ubuntu flavor developers and those who want to help in testing, reporting and fixing bugs as we work towards getting this release ready.

Alpha 2 includes a number of software updates that are ready for wider testing. This is still an early set of images, so you should expect some bugs.

Ubuntu 16.10 Alpha 2 release highlights:

  • This Yakkety Yak snapshot still includes the v4.4 kernel
  • Lubuntu still uses LXDE since LXQt is still in development
  • MATE Tweak adds option to enable Heads-Up Display (HUD)
  • new Ubuntu MATE start page.
  • MATE Dock Applet drag and drop icons support

Ubuntu 16.10 Release Schedule:

June 30th Alpha 1 (for opt-in flavors)
July 28th Alpha 2 (for opt-in flavors)
August 18th Feature Freeze, Debian Import Freeze
August 25th Beta 1 (for opt-in flavors)
September 22nd Final Beta
October 6th Final Freeze, Release Candicate
October 13th Final release of Ubuntu 16.10

Download Ubuntu 16.10:

Lubuntu 16.10:

Ubuntu Mate 16.10:

UbuntuKylin 16.10: