Ubuntu 16.04, named after a type of African ground squirrel, Xenial Xerus, is here – in beta.
And with it come welcome upgrades, quite a few new applications and upgraded features to Ubuntu. Some other, noteworthy aspects, meanwhile, have gone missing.
Xenial Xerus is the first significant update to the Ubuntu desktop in two years. The reason? This is an LTS release – Long Term Support.
That means 16.04 LTS will not just set the framework for all the subsequent Ubuntus for the next two years, it’ll also enjoy full support and updates until 2021.
The Ubuntu desktop and basic Unity user interface have not seen any major updates in the last two years, since the last LTS, 14.04.
Sometimes in the Ubuntu ecosystem two years can mean quite a shocking change, but this time around – however – the user interface of Ubuntu remains largely unchanged since 14.04.
There is one small tweak that will likely be getting a lot of attention in this release – the online search features in Unity have been disabled by default. No more “spyware” turned on out of the box.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht