Initial Planning For Ubuntu 16.10 Today At UOS
Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu on 3 May 2016 at 03:45 PM EDT. Add A Comment
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Beyond the announcement that Ubuntu 16.10 won't ship with Mir and Unity 8 by default, many other items were discussed for the Ubuntu 16.10 release due out in October.

Among the highlights for this first day of the Ubuntu Online Summit for the Yakkety Yak includes:

- Figuring out finishing up the move to Python 3. Python 2 remains on the Ubuntu desktop ISO as of Ubuntu 16.04. As part of that, there's a goal of also moving Python 2 over to the Ubuntu Universe archive rather than the Main archive. However, it looks like at least the demotion of Python 2 to universe might not happen until Ubuntu 18.04 LTS due to OpenStack still having dependencies on the older version of Python. Bazaar, the Ubuntu Landscape client/server, Ubuntu SSO, Samba, and other programs are also still depending upon Python 2.

- More talk about convergent apps.

- Ubuntu Discourse is set to close unless Microsoft intervenes.

- Handling legacy apps with Mir / Snappy.

- With regards to Ubuntu Touch porting, they may skip Android/CyanogenMod 6 and jump from Android/CM 5 to Android/CM 7. The Ubuntu Touch stack doesn't need any of Android 6.0 features but they are excited about Android 7 over the potential of a much newer Linux kernel (v4.4).

- uNav as the navigation planning / mapping app of Ubuntu is working towards supporting new features.

- Organizing Band Aids for Ubuntu Touch Devices. This effort would be similar to the old 100 paperclips project for Ubuntu that focused on fixing a lot of tiny bugs/issues with the Linux desktop, but instead this effort would be about fixing lots of the minor shortcomings of Ubuntu Touch.
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