Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak is ready for download. The latest version includes a glimpse of the future: there’s a preview of the Unity 8 desktop environment.
What makes Unity 8 interesting is that it’s basically the same user interface that’s already available for phones that run Ubuntu software. That means you’ll have the same experience and be able to use the same apps whether you’re using an Ubuntu phone, tablet, or desktop computer.
Unity 8 is still only available as a technical preview, so you can check it out if you want. But by default, Ubuntu 16.10 will load the latest version of the Unity 7 desktop environment.
If you do decide to switch to Unity 8, you get a user interface that doesn’t look all that different, but which has been optimized for touchscreen displays. You also get support for “Scopes” which allow you to bring music, videos or other content into a floating window that’s the equivalent of a full-page smartphone screen.
Other new features in Ubuntu 16.10 include a move to the Linux kernel 4.8, a newer version of the Nautilus file manager (if you’re using Unity 7), and newer builds of LibreOffice, Firefox, and other core software.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht