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Ubuntu 16.04 Beta 1 Download Available for Opt-in Flavors

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#1 NickAu


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Posted 26 February 2016 - 06:05 PM

Source http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2016/02/ubuntu-16-04-beta-1-download-flavors


The first Ubuntu 16.04 beta builds are now available to download.

Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu MATE — oooh-argh — and Ubuntu Kylin are among the official Ubuntu flavors to stick their hands up for inclusion in this development milestone.

The regular version of Ubuntu, i.e. the one most of you are waiting for, only takes part in the second beta release.

Ubuntu 16.04 Beta 2  is set for a March 24 release date.

For this bout of beta level testing the following Ubuntu flavors take part:

  • Lubuntu
  • Xubuntu 
  • Ubuntu MATE
  • Ubuntu GNOME
  • Ubuntu Kylin


Ubuntu Kylin 16.04 Beta 1 improves on its alpha releases with a new version of the Youker assistant, a brand-new login screen (kylin-greeter, pictured) and benefits from general improvements to both the look and feel of the Kylin branding and theme.




Xubuntu 16.04 Beta 1 features a modest set of changes.

Testers of the lightweight spin will find new versions of key apps and components, including new versions of the Xfce 4 desktop, whisker menu applet and Orage calendar, plus support for controlling the Parole media player from the sound applet.




Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 Beta 1 features a more sizeable set of changes thanks to it shipping with ‘most of GNOME 3.18’, including GNOME Shell 3.18 and the new GNOME Software utility.

In line with Ubuntu, GNOME Calendar and GNOME Logs are now pre-installed, GNOME Builder is available through the main archive and an ‘experimental Wayland session’ is available to install (but keep it mind it requires open-source GPU drivers).




Lubuntu 16.04 Beta 1 ships with a massive set of changes — just kidding!

As always, Lubuntu ships with no new features. It does offer a selection of small bug fixes and benefits from being based on the Linux kernel (v4.4, fact fans).

A PPC version is also available, making Lubuntu perfect for resurrecting an old iBook, PowerMac or iMac. You could even don a lab coat and call yourself iVictor Lubuntkenstein.





Ubuntu MATE 16.04 Beta 1.

The retro revivalist once against delivers an impressive changelog for its latest development snapshot.

On offer is a brand new ‘Software Boutique’ (accessed through an updated version of Ubuntu MATE Welcome tool). The MATE desktop has been bumped to v1.12.1 and includes Caja 1.12.4.

Fans (both literal and figuratively) will be pleased to hear that the updated desktop sees reduced CPU usage ‘across the board’.

Also included is a Unity-style MATE panel layout is available to try. Head to MATE’s appearance settings and select the ‘Mutiny’ panel layout to take it for a spin.


Edited by NickAu, 26 February 2016 - 06:08 PM.

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Posted 27 February 2016 - 05:46 AM

Last night, I read a similar article from a separate source, after going over it all, decided to wait for Beta 2, which will be more stable for most all computers that can run it. 


One thing that appears promising to a ever smaller growing usershare, for now, there's 32 bit editions. Should Ubuntu 16.04 release a 32 bit build in the final version, this will likely be the last one (including future short term releases), yet still will breathe a couple more years of life before a 64 bit computer will be required. Ubuntu 14.04 & many of their derivatives are supported through April 2019, 16.04 will extend that to 2021, probably past the point when most 32 bit computers are on the last leg. However, this does not guarantee that all derivatives will follow suit, as it's costly for some of the maintainers to support a rapidly declining user share, nor is it a guarantee that Ubuntu 16.04 will offer 32 bit when the smoke clears, it may depend on participation also. 


There are still quite many of these PC's running non-PAE CPU's, a matter to address. My suggestion, if there's a 64 bit CPU for your socket (such as Socket 775), go for it, these are likely very low cost ($20 or less USD on eBay if earlier then 2007), and gain other benefits, including to be able to install 3rd party browsers, such as Google Chrome. This matter is relevant to the Topic, very much so. Should anyone needs assistance or has questions about upgrades to make the 64 bit transition, feel free to create a Topic & we'll do our best to assist. :)


Enjoy the various Beta 1 releases of Ubuntu 16.04! :thumbup2:



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