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Ubuntu GNOME 15.10

Ubuntu GNOME is an official flavor of Ubuntu, featuring the GNOME desktop environment. Ubuntu GNOME is a mostly pure GNOME desktop experience built from the Ubuntu repositories. This version is based on the GNOME 3.16 release - why not GNOME 3.18? please visit the See Also section for more details.

Minimum System Requirements

  • 1 GHz processor (for example Intel Celeron) or better.
  • 1.5 GB RAM (system memory).
  • 7 GB of free hard drive space for installation.
  • Either a CD/DVD drive or a USB port for the installer media.
  • Internet access is helpful (for installing updates during the installation process).

If you have an old machine, you may consider other alternatives like Lubuntu or Xubuntu.

Features of Ubuntu GNOME 15.10

  • GNOME Shell 3.16
  • Majority of GNOME 3.16 applications
  • GNOME Getting Started Guide. Runs on first login.
  • Shotwell replaced with GNOME Photos
  • GNOME Music is installed by default
  • Updated Bluetooth stack (BlueZ 5)
  • Support to use syncevolution with GNOME Online Accounts (GOA)
  • Adwaita Dark Theme support for Ubuntu Software Centre
  • New Ubiquity Slide Show
  • New logo
  • Experimental wayland session is now available. Install gnome-session-wayland and then select "GNOME on wayland" from login screen (Only works with OSS GPU drivers).

Applications in Ubuntu GNOME 15.10

  • GNOME Shell. The GNOME desktop environment from where you can search and start applications, switch between windows, etc.

  • Nautilus (File Manager). An easy to use file manager for organizing your documents, music, pictures, videos and files in general.

  • Firefox Web Browser. Browse the web with one of the most popular fast, flexible and secure web browsers.

  • LibreOffice. Create professional documents, spreadsheets, presentations and even more with the open-source office suite.

  • gedit (Text Editor). A small and lightweight text editor for the GNOME desktop environment.

  • Ubuntu Software Center. Lets you browse and install thousands of free and paid applications available for Ubuntu.

  • Tweak Tool. Change advanced settings – appearance, fonts, keyboard and mouse, windows and workspaces. Install extensions, set power options, select startup applications.

Get Ubuntu GNOME 15.10

  • DOWNLOAD Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 (Wily Werewolf).

Upgrading from last release

Before upgrading, it is highly recommended to back up your data. See this page for tutorials on how to backup your data. Or just download Clonezilla and create an image of your hard drive or system partition.

The included GUI update manager will offer you the latest release of Ubuntu GNOME. Which can also be accessed via Terminal:

update-manager -d

Alternatively, launch Terminal by hitting Ctrl+Alt+T and run the following command:

sudo do-release-upgrade

Note. If you were using the gnome3-team/gnome3-staging PPA, you should run

sudo ppa-purge ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3-staging
sudo ppa-purge ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-gnome-desktop^

before upgrading.

  • If you are having problems with upgrading - No new release found - please see this.

  • More information about Upgrading can be found here.

Personal Package Archives (PPAs)

PPAs for Ubuntu GNOME can be found on this link.

  • Missing bits of 3.16 are available on the Gnome3 PPA (gnome3-team/gnome3)
  • 3.18 is currently being added to the Gnome3-staging PPA (gnome3-team/gnome3-staging)

Known Issues

  • Booting live Wily image results in black screen with or without random text (1489147)

  • Garbled graphics in Wily with Intel GMA4500 chip (1507255)

  • "remove disk and press enter" message nearly unreadable (1508550)

  • Ubiquity freezes while reformatting occupied partition (1361951)

  • Wily user UI shows auto-login off after selecting on during install Edit (1487819)

  • Missing disk (distro-vendor) icon in Ubuntu GNOME installer (1508549)

Ubuntu Release Notes


  • 9 Months – see releases.

  • Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) is our Non-LTS Release, hence it is supported for 9 months only. If you seek stability and long support, please consider Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) LTS Release. If you seek the latest software/packages that we can offer, then go ahead and use Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 (Wily Werewolf).

Contact Us

See Also

  • Q: Why GNOME 3.18 is not included by default with Ubuntu GNOME 15.10?

  • A: Please see this E-mail and while the versions are different on that email, the concept remains valid and same applies to 15.04 for the very same reason mentioned.

To get the latest GNOME, you need to use our PPA.

WilyWerewolf/ReleaseNotes/UbuntuGNOME (last edited 2015-12-05 04:12:03 by 121)