Canonical Releases Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus

Canonical, company behind Ubuntu Linux, releases Ubuntu 16.05 LTS code-name Xenial Xerus today as it was scheduled . This release is LTS ( long term support ) , it will get support for next five years , from software updates to critical security patches .

 

xenial Default wallpaper
xenial Default wallpaper

 

Whats New / Updated

  • Snap
  • Lxd
  • LXC 2.0
  • Zfs and CephFS
  • Fglrx is deprecated
Other
  • Firefox 45
  • Thunderbird 38
  • Chromium 48
  • LibreOffice 5.1
  • Nautilus (aka ‘Files’) 3.14.2
  • Unity 7.4

Snap

New Application format , can be installed alongside with traditional deb packages . Snap brings more robust updates and more isolation . New tools, snapcraft will allow developers to convert or build new ubuntu packages. Snap applications will be isolated from rest of the systems.

 

ZFS

ZFS is a combined file system (Like NTFS and  ext4 )  and logical volume manager ( Like LVM ) designed by Sun Microsystems. zfs is now officially supported by canonical . you can setup and install open zfs in ubuntu . See more about ZFS and LXD both working together : see canonical blog post . 

Some awesome features of ZFS

  • snapshots
  • copy-on-write cloning
  • continuous integrity checking against data corruption
  • automatic repair
  • efficient data compression

 

Ubuntu ZFS Reference Guide :  https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Kernel/Reference/ZFS

 

LXD

lxd_takeover
LXD ( pronounced “lex‐dee” ) is container engine from canonical , LXD perovide REST API for LXC containers.   technically LXD and Docker share some underlying kernel capabilities , now even with Ubuntu 16.04, you can run your Docker containers inside LXD containers.

LXD is the next‐generation of container hypervisor for Linux

 

read more about lxd : http://www.ubuntu.com/cloud/lxd

get started guide : https://linuxcontainers.org/lxd/getting-started-cli/

Unity Shell Changes

 

  • Improved launcher integration
  • Support for formatting removable devices from quicklist
  • Improved support for gtk applications using headerbars
  • Activate app spread by Super+Ctrl+W
  • 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
  • sessions management from dash ( like logout reboot etc )

 

 

Other Minor Changes

  • online search in dash is off by default
  • All default applications and libraries ported to use WebKit 2
  • gnome calender is installed by default
sessions shortcuts
sessions shortcuts

 

gnome calender
gnome calender

 

 

Download Links

 

Download Ubuntu Desktop And Server

 

 

 

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