It was made to wait, but now there is little. Much has been said about what this new Ubuntu LTS will bring, but the truth is that for this April 21 will be released Xenial Xerus, the latest version of Ubuntu 16.04.
It will be a launch with long term support, and it is expected to receive it continuously for at least 5 years. It will be a base system for the development and implementation of new functions and features, which will be added over time.
Xenial Xerus, a peculiar name placed by Canonical for this new version, comes from Xenial, which means “amicable”While Xerus refers to a species of squirrel, known for its«speed and friendliness«. What gives Ubuntu 16.04 an image of fluid and friendly system.
Less than two weeks away, much is already known about what this LTS package will bring, and surely there will be much more information that we still do not know, however, with what we already know, we have enough to get excited about this new version.
Kernel 4.4 and Unity 7 and 8
Among the most striking thing about the 16.04 package, is that it has the great kernel 4.4, which at first it was thought that it would not, because its launch was very recent. However, Canonical managed to integrate Kernel 4.4, which is perfect, because both Ubuntu and Kernel were released as LTS, so users will be able to count on long-term support from both their operating system and the Kernel.
On the other hand, there was much discussion about which Unity this new version would work with. At the end, Ubuntu 16.04 desktop will be run by Unity 7, but with Unity 8 as optional. One of the great visual changes for this version, and in response to the request of its users a long time ago, is the ability to move the Unity Launcher from posición, releasing him from his prison on the left side of the desk.
Snappy Packages and End of Ubuntu Software Center
Following this release, Canonical developers are betting on GNOME, so Ubuntu software center disappears, to make way for the one who will be his substitute: the GNOME Software Center. Apps that were previously installed by default like Empathy and Brasero will no longer be, while Gnome Calendar and the LibreOffice package are installed by default.
Ubuntu 16.04 will support Snappy packages, with the idea of preparing the operating system for Unity 8 and a possible integration with apps for mobile devices under Ubuntu, aiming at the convergence of systems.
For now Canonical has released daily trial versions of Ubuntu 16.04 until its official release on April 21st. The final betas of the different "flavors" of this operating system have also been published, which are included in the launch of this LTS: Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Studio, Ubuntu Kylin, Mythbuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, and Kubuntu, which is included in this latest version, erasing all speculation of disappearance.
If you can't wait for the official Ubuntu 16.04 release, you can start by testing the betas of each distro, available on the portal Ubuntu.