The bad news is that only the Ubuntu MATE, Lubuntu, and Ubuntu Kylin flavors will be participating in the Ubuntu 16.10 Alpha 1 milestone. The maintainer of the rest of the official Ubuntu editions, namely Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, and Ubuntu Studio, have decided to enroll only in the Final Beta.
The maintainer of the Ubuntu Kylin flavor also offered a positive response to the Alpha 1 presence, and the Ubuntu GNOME team can’t decide yet if the distro will jump on the Alpha 2 or Beta 1 bandwagon because they are waiting for the GTK 3.20 and GNOME 3.20 components to land first in the Ubuntu 16.10 repositories.
The fact of the matter is that the development cycle of Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) has been pretty quiet. The kernel packages are still based on those of Ubuntu 16.10 (Xenial Xerus), at least for the Alpha 1 milestone, and there are almost no changes or major updates involved at this time.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht