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We’re preparing Lubuntu 16.04, Xenial Xerus, for distribution in April 2016. 16.04 will be an LTS. As 16.04 is an LTS, the focus is on looking out for and fixing bugs.

NOTE: This is an alpha pre-release. Lubuntu Pre-releases are NOT recommended for:

  • Regular users who are not aware of pre-release issues
  • Anyone who needs a stable system
  • Anyone uncomfortable running a possibly frequently broken system
  • Anyone in a production environment with data or workflows that need to be reliable

Lubuntu Pre-releases ARE recommended for:

  • Regular users who want to help us test by finding, reporting, and/or fixing bugs
  • Lubuntu developers

Getting Lubuntu 16.04 Alpha 1

Upgrading from Previous Versions

To upgrade to Lubuntu 16.04 from previous 14.04 or 15.10 releases, follow the Upgrade Instructions.

Download a Disk Image

Instructions for burning the image to a DVD or USB flash drive can be found on the Burning ISO Howto.

We recommend you learn how to check your image file so your pre-release is as it’s supposed to be. Compare your MD5 checksum with the correct ones found alongside the images.

Alpha 1 Highlights

  • LXQt is still in development, as such Xenial Xerus is a bug fix release.

Software Updates


Linux Kernel

The Alpha 1 Xenial Xerus snapshot includes the v4.3 kernel which 16.04 will ship with.

Known Problems

Graphics and Display

  • lightdm has black greeter background for Lubuntu (1466191)


  • lxpanel volume applet settings opens empty terminal window (1434774 Workaround Exists)

  • run dialog called from one desktop opens on the desktop with preferences dialog, regardless of which desktop is current (1445818)

  • LSC can only 'see' installed applications when lubuntu installed via alternate image (1467517 Workaround Exists)


  • Software properties gtk implies my cpu is unknown and not working. (1444682)

  • gnome-disk-utilty does not allow swapoff of zram devices (1458383)

  • Abiword language selector text cut off in abiword (1484785)

Lubuntu Desktop Installer

Images are over sized for CD, please use DVD or USB as a workaround.

Lubuntu Alternate Installer

Images are over sized for CD, please use DVD or USB as a workaround.


Development of Lubuntu 16.04, the Xenial Xerus is ongoing and bugs are fixed every day. Before reporting bugs, please ensure your system is up to date. For verifying installation related bugs, updated disk images are available from Daily bootable images for standard PCs/laptops/netbooks.

Please feel free to contact us with feedback.