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|Most PHP-dependent packages were either rebuilt or upgraded for PHP7.0 support. Where that was not possible, packages may have been removed from the archive. There are two exceptions:
* Drupal7 does not pass upstream testing with PHP7.0 as of the 16.04 release (https://www.drupal.org/node/2656548). An SRU will be provided once upstream PHP7.0 support is available and verified. Until that time, the drupal7 package will not be installable in 16.04.
* Horde MongoDB support
* The Horde Framework does not yet support the newer MongoDB extension (as compared to the Mongo extension) and the Mongo extension is deprecated and does not support PHP7.0. An upstream ticket is open with Horde (https://bugs.horde.org/ticket/14309). An SRU will be provided once upstream MongoDB support is available and verified. Until that time, the php-horde-mongo package will not be installable in 16.04.
=== Juju 2.0 ===
Juju and Juju UI have been updated to 2.0. The package name is `juju-2.0`. Juju 1.25.5 is available in the `juju` package for existing production environments. Please read the [[https://jujucharms.com/docs/devel/juju-upgrade|upgrade documentation]] before moving to 2.0
Juju now supports modelling workloads on AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Engine, Rackspace, Joyent, LXD, MAAS, and manual deployments.
* The [[https://jujucharms.com/store|Juju Charm Store]] now has over 300 charms ready to deploy. Most of these workloads will deploy Trusty instances, but we expect 16.04 charms to start landing and being announced independent of Juju's release.
* [[https://jujucharms.com/docs/devel/temp-release-notes|Juju Core Release Notes]]
* [[https://blog.jujugui.org/2016/04/15/juju-2-0-beta-4-now-with-embedded-gui/|Juju GUI Release Notes]]
Table of Contents
These release notes for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) provide an overview of the release and document the known issues with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and its flavors.
Official flavour release notes
Find the links to release notes for official flavors here.
Get Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
Download Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
Images can be downloaded from a location near you.
You can download ISOs from:
http://releases.ubuntu.com/16.04/ (Ubuntu Desktop, Server, and Snappy Core)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/releases/16.04/beta-2/ (Less Popular Ubuntu Images)
http://cloud-images.ubuntu.com/releases/16.04/beta-2/ (Ubuntu Cloud Server)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/netboot/16.04/ (Ubuntu Netboot)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/16.04/beta-2/ (Ubuntu Studio)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-gnome/releases/16.04/beta-2/ (Ubuntu GNOME)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntukylin/releases/16.04/beta-2/ (Ubuntu Kylin)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-mate/releases/16.04/beta-2/ (Ubuntu MATE)
Upgrading from Ubuntu 14.04 LTS or 15.10
To upgrade on a desktop system:
Open the "Software & Updates" Setting in System Settings.
- Select the 3rd Tab called "Updates".
- Set the "Notify me of a new Ubuntu version" dropdown menu to "For any new version" if you are using 15.10, set it to "long-term support versions" if you are using 14.04 LTS.
- Press Alt+F2 and type in "update-manager" (without the quotes) into the command box.
- Update Manager should open up and tell you: New distribution release '16.04 LTS' is available.
- Click Upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions.
To upgrade on a server system:
Install the update-manager-core package if it is not already installed.
- Make sure the /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades is set to normal if you are using 15.10, lts if you are using 14.04 LTS.
Launch the upgrade tool with the command sudo do-release-upgrade.
- Follow the on-screen instructions.
Note that the server upgrade will use GNU screen and automatically re-attach in case of dropped connection problems.
There are no offline upgrade options for Ubuntu Desktop and Ubuntu Server. Please ensure you have network connectivity to one of the official mirrors or to a locally accessible mirror and follow the instructions above.
New features in 16.04 LTS
As with every new release, packages--applications and software of all kinds--are being updated at a rapid pace. Many of these packages came from an automatic sync from Debian's unstable branch; others have been explicitly pulled in for Ubuntu 16.04.
For a list of all packages being accepted for Ubuntu 16.04, please subscribe to xenial-changes.
Linux kernel 4.4
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is based on the long-term supported Linux release series 4.4.
Python has been upgraded to the 3.5 series.
If you have your own programs based on Python 2, fear not! Python 2 will continue to be available (as the python package) for the foreseeable future. However, to best support future versions of Ubuntu you should consider porting your code to Python 3. Python/3 has some advice and resources on this.
VIM defaults to python3
The default VIM package has been built against python3 instead of python2. This means plugins that require a python2 interpreter support from VIM will not work anymore. For this case alternative VIM packages are available that still use python2, for example vim-gnome-py2. They can be made the default via the alternatives mechanism:
sudo update-alternatives --set vim /usr/bin/vim.gnome-py2
golang toolchain was upgraded to the 1.6 series, and gcc-go was upgraded to the GCC6 branch. Thus the same level of standard library and compiler features are provided by both compilers on all fully supported architectures.
Recent OpenSSH releases disable several pieces of weak, legacy, and/or unsafe cryptography. If you are upgrading a system remotely over SSH, you should check that you are not relying on these to ensure that you will retain access after the upgrade.
Support for the legacy SSH version 1 protocol is disabled by default at compile time. Note that this also means that the Cipher keyword in ssh_config(5) is effectively no longer usable; use Ciphers instead for protocol 2. The openssh-client-ssh1 package includes "ssh1", "scp1", and "ssh-keygen1" binaries which you can use if you have no alternative way to connect to an outdated SSH1-only server; please contact the server administrator or system vendor in such cases and ask them to upgrade.
Support for the 1024-bit diffie-hellman-group1-sha1 key exchange is disabled by default at run-time. It may be re-enabled using the upstream instructions.
Support for ssh-dss, ssh-dss-cert-* host and user keys is disabled by default at run-time. These may be re-enabled using the upstream instructions.
Support for the legacy v00 cert format has been removed.
Several ciphers are disabled by default in ssh: blowfish-cbc, cast128-cbc, all arcfour variants and the rijndael-cbc aliases for AES.
MD5-based and truncated HMAC algorithms are disabled by default in ssh.
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS includes LXD, a new, lightweight, network-aware, container manager offering a VM-like experience built on top of Linux containers. All the LXC components, lxc, lxcfs and lxd in Ubuntu 16.04 are at version 2.0
You can learn more about LXD here: https://www.stgraber.org/2016/03/11/lxd-2-0-blog-post-series-012/
docker was upgraded to the version 1.10. Note that this requires migration of existing images to a new format which will be performed on the first start of the service. This migration can take a long time and put a high load on the system, see https://docs.docker.com/engine/migration/ for more information.
PHP was upgraded to 7.0. Note that this will require modifications to custom PHP extensions (https://wiki.php.net/phpng-upgrading) and may require modifications to PHP source code (http://php.net/manual/en/migration70.php).
- NGINX and PHP 7.0
Upgrading from prior version of Ubuntu with PHP5 FPM configurations and NGINX will require a manual configuration change (details at: http://dark-net.net/nginx-http2-php7.0).
Most PHP-dependent packages were either rebuilt or upgraded for PHP7.0 support. Where that was not possible, packages may have been removed from the archive. There are two exceptions:
Drupal7 does not pass upstream testing with PHP7.0 as of the 16.04 release (https://www.drupal.org/node/2656548). An SRU will be provided once upstream PHP7.0 support is available and verified. Until that time, the drupal7 package will not be installable in 16.04.
- Horde MongoDB support
The Horde Framework does not yet support the newer MongoDB extension (as compared to the Mongo extension) and the Mongo extension is deprecated and does not support PHP7.0. An upstream ticket is open with Horde (https://bugs.horde.org/ticket/14309). An SRU will be provided once upstream MongoDB support is available and verified. Until that time, the php-horde-mongo package will not be installable in 16.04.
Juju and Juju UI have been updated to 2.0. The package name is juju-2.0. Juju 1.25.5 is available in the juju package for existing production environments. Please read the upgrade documentation before moving to 2.0
Juju now supports modelling workloads on AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Engine, Rackspace, Joyent, LXD, MAAS, and manual deployments.
The Juju Charm Store now has over 300 charms ready to deploy. Most of these workloads will deploy Trusty instances, but we expect 16.04 charms to start landing and being announced independent of Juju's release.
Ubuntu for IBM LinuxONE
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS includes a new port to 64-bit z/Architecture for IBM mainframe computers. This is a practically complete port of Ubuntu Server and Cloud with circa 95% binary package availability. We are excited to enable OpenStack software, Juju, MAAS, LXD, and much more on this platform.
The general theme for 16.04 on the desktop is one of bug fixes and incremental quality improvements ...
- GNOME is mostly upgraded to 3.18. GLib upgraded to to 2.48 (corresponding to GNOME 3.20)
- GNOME Software replaces Ubuntu Software Center. This brings a faster store experience and moves our archive metadata in line with Debian.
All default applications and libraries ported to use WebKit 2
- GNOME Calendar is now included by default
- Empathy and Brasero are removed from the default installation
- Chromium upgraded to version 48
- Firefox upgraded to version 45
- Online searches in the dash are now disabled by default
- Improved HiDPI support in the greeter
Added more supported languages by default More info
- Multiple bug fixes
- HUD hotkey default binding changes from alt to alt-space. The default window controls change to alt-super. This should help with issues around key interception in virtualized desktops and games.
Unity & Compiz
- Improved launcher integrates with file manager and devices
- Support for formatting removable devices from quicklist
- Improved support for gtk applications using headerbars
- Improvements to the switcher and spread backends
- Activate app spread by Super+Ctrl+W
- Unity control center option to always show menus
- Improvements to GNOME key grabbing
- New dash overlay scrollbars
- Better Dash theming support
- Support for scaling cursors in HiDPI environments
- Show icons launching state in launcher when apps launched elsewhere
- Launcher can be moved to the bottom
LibreOffice 5.1 brings a lot of improvements to entire package. For more information on these improvements please see the LibreOffice release notes available here. You can see a video highlighting some of the new features here.
LibreOffice defaults to the Breeze theme in Ubuntu
Improvements in the Python scripting and language bindings http://conference.libreoffice.org/assets/Conference/Aarhus/Slides/MatthewFrancisPyUNO.pdf
- Support for WebDAV via HTTPS
Writer word processor
- Added support for whitespace hiding. A long standing feature request.
Mailmerge in Writer can use spreadsheets as a data source http://vmiklos.hu/blog/mail-merge-embedding.html
- Spell check dialogue no longer auto closes
- Exponential and power trend lines handle negative Y values
- Performance improvements leveraging SSE3 for SUM functions
- Added support for PNG export
- Search for numbers as formatted/displayed
- Slide transitions use OpenGL 2.1+ and new transitions added
- Keyboard shortcuts for navigation and sorting
- Screensaver inhibiting for KDE, XFCE, Mate
New in 16.04, the kernel crash dump mechanism now supports remote kernel crash dumps. It is now possible to send kernel crash dumps to a remote server using the SSH or NFS protocols. Details of the new functionality are available in the Ubuntu Server Guide.
Ubuntu 16.04 includes the latest OpenStack release, Mitaka, including the following components:
OpenStack Identity - Keystone
OpenStack Imaging - Glance
OpenStack Block Storage - Cinder
OpenStack Compute - Nova
OpenStack Networking - Neutron
OpenStack Telemetry - Ceilometer and Aodh
OpenStack Orchestration - Heat
OpenStack Dashboard - Horizon
OpenStack Object Storage - Swift
OpenStack Database as a Service - Trove
OpenStack DNS - Designate
OpenStack Bare-metal - Ironic
OpenStack Filesystem - Manila
OpenStack Key Manager - Barbican
Please refer to the OpenStack Mitaka release notes for full details of this release of OpenStack.
OpenStack Mitaka is also provided via the Ubuntu Cloud Archive for OpenStack Mitaka for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS users.
Ubuntu 16.04 also includes the first GA release of of the Nova driver for LXD ('nova-lxd').
WARNING: Upgrading an OpenStack deployment is a non-trivial process and care should be taken to plan and test upgrade procedures which will be specific to each OpenStack deployment.
Make sure you read the OpenStack Charm Release Notes for more information about how to deploy Ubuntu OpenStack using Juju.
Libvirt has been updated to the 1.3.1 release.
Qemu has been updated to the 2.5 release.
See http://wiki.qemu.org/ChangeLog/2.5 for details.
Open vSwitch 2.5.0
Ubuntu 16.04 includes the latest release of Open vSwitch, 2.5.0. This is also an LTS release of Open vSwitch.
Ubuntu 16.04 also includes support for Open vSwitch integrated with DPDK (Data Plane Development Kit) enabling fast packet processing through userspace usage of compatible networking cards - see the openvswitch-switch-dpdk package for more details.
Ubuntu 16.04 includes the latest release candidate (10.1.2) of the Ceph Jewel stable release; An update to the final release version will be delivered as an SRU to Ubuntu 16.04.
For full details on the Ceph Jewel release, please refer to the upstream release notes.
As is to be expected, with any release, there are some significant known bugs that users may run into with this release of Ubuntu 16.04. The ones we know about at this point (and some of the workarounds), are documented here so you don't need to spend time reporting these bugs again:
Boot, installation and post-install
Errors about swap partition at install
There is a known issue regarding the creation of swap space during the install. In some cases the install will display the error message "Creation of swap space in Partition #n .... failed.". Please see this bug for more information. You may work around the issue by manually partitioning the disk and removing any existing swap partitions before then creating a new one.
Installing Xen host in UEFI mode
It is currently impossible to boot a Xen hypervisor from grub in UEFI mode. However the package does not detect this and will set the default boot to Xen mode. So for any machine in UEFI mode, do not install the Xen hypervisor (or enable legacy mode first). Please see this bug report for more information.
Graphics and Display
The fglrx driver is now deprecated in 16.04, and we recommend its open source alternatives (radeon and amdgpu). AMD put a lot of work into the drivers, and we backported kernel code from Linux 4.5 to provide a better experience.
When upgrading to Ubuntu 16.04 from a previous release, both the fglrx driver and the xorg.conf will be removed, so that the system is set to use either the amdgpu driver or the radeon driver (depending on the available hardware).
More information is available here https://tjaalton.wordpress.com/2016/03/11/no-catalystfglrx-video-driver-in-ubuntu-16-04/
The release notes for the official flavours can be found at the following links:
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