Ubuntu 16.10 Officially Released

Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu on 13 October 2016 at 09:11 AM EDT. 22 Comments
Ubuntu 16.10 "Yakkety Yak" is now officially available as the latest version of this popular Linux distribution.

Ubuntu 16.10 continues using Unity 7 by default but has the experimental Unity 8 + Mir desktop option. With Unity 7 there are some GNOME 3.22/3.20 packages upgraded throughout the stack.

I can't think of any "killer feature" to Ubuntu 16.10 but rather on the desktop side is just a lot of package updates while Canonical continues investing in their mobile/convergence strategy atop Unity 8. Ubuntu 16.10 does use the Linux 4.8 kernel, which is the latest stable release and is pleasant for providing the latest open-source graphics driver support and a ton of other improvements. Sadly, Ubuntu 16.10 ships with Mesa 12.0 since 12.1/13.0 didn't make it out in time. Ubuntu 16.10 also isn't shipping Vulkan support by default but packages are available via the universe repository.

More official commentary on Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety via insights.ubuntu.com.

Those wishing to download Ubuntu 16.10 can do so via releases.ubuntu.com.
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