The Final Beta of Ubuntu GNOME 16.10 (codename "Yakkety Yak") is now available. The development team is proud to offer this development milestone to encourage testing to ensure the final release is as good as possible.
Ubuntu GNOME 16.10 will be released October 13, 2016. This regular release will be supported for 9 months from October 2016 until July 2017. If you need longer support, we encourage you to use Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 LTS which is supported until April 2019.
Please note that you do not have to wait for a milestone to test Ubuntu. All of our daily images from now until the release date are considered beta and should be usable with the usual warnings about pre-release software.
Getting Ubuntu GNOME 16.10 Final Beta
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Instructions for burning the image to a DVD or USB flash drive can be found on the Burning ISO Howto.
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Select GNOME changes since Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
Ubuntu GNOME 16.10 proudly includes GNOME 3.20. Read the official 3.20 release notes to see what's new.
Many apps have been updated to their GNOME 3.22 versions. The core system (GTK+, gnome-shell, gnome-control-center and nautilus) is still at 3.20. See the manifest for specific version numbers of included software.
Most GNOME apps now have a Keyboard Shortcuts popup available in the app menu.
The Files app (nautilus) is now at version 3.20 which is a major visual upgrade from Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.
Easily share to Google Photos with the Photos app (3.22). It is expected that future Ubuntu releases will support sharing photos to other online providers.
- The Photos app adds non-destructive editing.
The Videos app (3.22) now supports adjusting the playback speed through the play menu in its bottom right corner.
The Books app (3.22) is re-enabled with initial support for the .epub format. The .djvu format is also supported.
The Maps app supports contributing to OpenStreetMap.
Disk Usage Analyzer (3.22) has an improved front page.
The instant messaging app Empathy is no longer installed by default for new installs but it is still available for install.
The new Characters character map utility is installed by default. If you prefer the older version, install gucharmap.
GNOME's Initial Setup utility is included and enabled. It offers an easy way to configure language and online accounts integration on first login.
Other Software Updates
LibreOffice 5.2 is included. Ubuntu GNOME 16.10 now uses the GTK3 version by default.
Update Manager now shows changelog entries for PPAs too (253119).
The experimental wayland session is included. If your computer supports open source graphics drivers and you would like to try Wayland, choose GNOME on Wayland from the gear menu below the password entry from on the login screen.
The older webkitgtk version 1 system library is no longer installed by default. webkit2gtk is the more secure, better maintained version.
For the first time, Ubuntu GNOME does not include Qt libraries by default. However, this may change in a future release for better theme integration with Qt.
New default wallpapers are provided thanks to the winners of our wallpaper contest.
The gpg binary is now provided by gnupg2.
Although Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 uses systemd user sessions, support has been improved in 16.10.
Many other bugs have been fixed. Where possible, many bug fixes have been backported to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. Volunteers are requested to identify other bug fixes that can also be provided to 16.04 as Stable Release Updates.
New since Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
Printer Settings window crashes (1618290)
- Initial Setup utility requires logging out and logging back in after selecting a keyboard layout. Alternatively, you can manually click your new chosen keyboard layout in the top bar.
Initial Setup utility does not include language chooser (1614816).
- GTK+ 3.20 requires theme developers to make changes to their themes. Many (but not all) popular themes are now compatible with GTK+ 3.20.
Also affecting Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
Systems using NVIDIA proprietary driver on hybrid (prime) systems might fail to boot (1559576).
The prompt asking for media removal might not be shown during system shutdown from the install image (966480).
Development of Ubuntu GNOME Yakkety Yak (16.10) is ongoing and bugs are fixed every day. Before reporting bugs, please ensure your system is up to date and you're installing the latest build. For verifying installation related bugs, updated disk images are available from Daily bootable images for standard PCs/laptops/netbooks.
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