Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) Final Beta released

The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the final beta release of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products.

Codenamed "Xenial Xerus", 16.04 LTS continues Ubuntu’s proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs.

This beta release includes images from not only the Ubuntu Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products, but also the Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Mythbuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio, and Xubuntu flavours.

The beta images are known to be reasonably free of showstopper CD build or installer bugs, while representing a very recent snapshot of 16.04 that should be representative of the features intended to ship with the final release expected on April 21st, 2016.

There is, however, one bug in this beta serious enough that it’s worth calling it out in the release announcement. This bug affects all flavours, and will be fixed before release:

1) In some cases, attempts to install to a hard drive that already contains a swap partition may fail in the partitioning phase. If you encounter this, the simplest workaround is to boot to the live session, start a terminal (Ctrl-Alt-T) and type "sudo swapoff -a". You can then start the installation from the icon on the desktop and it should proceed successfully.

Ubuntu, Ubuntu Server, Ubuntu Core, Cloud Images

Xenial Final Beta includes updated versions of most of our core set of packages, including a current 4.4.6 kernel, and much more.

To upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04 Final Beta from Ubuntu 15.10, follow these instructions:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/XenialUpgrades

The Ubuntu 16.04 Final Beta images can be downloaded at:

http://releases.ubuntu.com/16.04/ (Ubuntu and Ubuntu Server)

Additional images can be found at the following links:

The full release notes for Ubuntu 16.04 Final Beta can be found at:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/XenialXerus/ReleaseNotes

Kubuntu

Kubuntu is the KDE based flavour of Ubuntu. It uses the Plasma desktop and includes a wide selection of tools from the KDE project.

The Final Beta images can be downloaded at:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/16.04/beta-2/

More information on Kubuntu Final Beta can be found here: https://wiki.kubuntu.org/XenialXerus/Beta2/Kubuntu

Lubuntu

Lubuntu is a flavor of Ubuntu that targets to be lighter, less resource hungry and more energy-efficient by using lightweight applications and LXDE, The Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment, as its default GUI.

The Final Beta images can be downloaded at:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/releases/16.04/beta-2/

More information on Lubuntu Final Beta can be found here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/XenialXerus/Beta2/Lubuntu

Mythbuntu

Mythbuntu is an Ubuntu flavor focused on setting up a standalone MythTV based Digital Video Recorder (DVR) system.

The Final Beta images can be downloaded at:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/mythbuntu/releases/16.04/beta-2/

Ubuntu GNOME

Ubuntu GNOME is a flavor of Ubuntu featuring the GNOME desktop environment.

The Final Beta images can be downloaded at:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-gnome/releases/16.04/beta-2/

More information on Ubuntu GNOME Final Beta can be found here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/XenialXerus/Beta2/UbuntuGNOME

UbuntuKylin

UbuntuKylin is a flavor of Ubuntu that is more suitable for Chinese users.

The Final Beta images can be downloaded at:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntukylin/releases/16.04/beta-2/

More information on UbuntuKylin Final Beta can be found here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/XenialXerus/Beta2/UbuntuKylin

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE is a flavor of Ubuntu featuring the MATE desktop environment.

The Final Beta images can be downloaded at:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-mate/releases/16.04/beta-2/

More information on UbuntuMATE Final Beta can be found here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/XenialXerus/Beta2/UbuntuMATE

Ubuntu Studio

Ubuntu Studio is a flavor of Ubuntu that provides a full range of multimedia content creation applications for each key workflows: audio, graphics, video, photography and publishing.

The Final Beta images can be downloaded at:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/16.04/beta-2/

More information about Ubuntu Studio Final Beta can be found here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/XenialXerus/ReleaseNotes/Beta2/UbuntuStudio

Xubuntu

Xubuntu is a flavor of Ubuntu that comes with Xfce, which is a stable, light and configurable desktop environment.

The Final Beta images can be downloaded at:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/16.04/beta-2/

More inormation about Xubuntu Final Beta can be found here:https://xubuntu.org/news/xubuntu-16-04-lts-beta-2

Regular daily images for Ubuntu, and all flavours, can be found at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com

Ubuntu is a full-featured Linux distribution for clients, servers and clouds, with a fast and easy installation and regular releases. A tightly-integrated selection of excellent applications is included, and an incredible variety of add-on software is just a few clicks away.

Professional technical support is available from Canonical Limited and hundreds of other companies around the world. For more information about support, visit http://www.ubuntu.com/support

If you would like to help shape Ubuntu, take a look at the list of ways you can participate at: http://www.ubuntu.com/community/participate

Your comments, bug reports, patches and suggestions really help us to improve this and future releases of Ubuntu. Instructions can be found at: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ReportingBugs

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Xenial Xerus Beta 1

“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?" said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”

— Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

This Beta features images for Lubuntu, Ubuntu Cloud, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu MATE, UbuntuKylin, Ubuntu Studio and Xubuntu.

Pre-releases of Xenial Xerus are *not* encouraged for anyone needing a stable system or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even frequent breakage. They are, however, recommended for Ubuntu flavour developers and those who want to help in testing, reporting and fixing bugs as we work towards getting this release ready.

Beta 1 includes a number of software updates that are ready for wider testing. This is quite an early set of images, so you should expect some bugs.

While these Beta 1 images have been tested and work, except as noted in the release notes, Ubuntu developers are continuing to improve Xenial Xerus. In particular, once newer daily images are available, system installation bugs identified in the Beta 1 installer should be verified against the current daily image before being reported in Launchpad. Using an obsolete image to re-report bugs that have already been fixed wastes your time and the time of developers who are busy trying to make 16.04 the best Ubuntu release yet. Always ensure your system is up to date before reporting bugs.

Lubuntu

Lubuntu is a flavour of Ubuntu based on LXDE and focused on providing a very lightweight distribution.

The Beta 1 images can be downloaded at:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/releases/xenial/beta-1/

More information on Lubuntu Beta-1 can be found at:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/XenialXerus/Beta1/Lubuntu

http://lubuntu.me/xenialb1

Ubuntu Cloud

Ubuntu Cloud images can be run on Amazon EC2, Openstack, SmartOS and many other clouds.

The Alpha-2 images can be downloaded from:

http://cloud-images.ubuntu.com/releases/xenial/alpha-2/

Ubuntu GNOME

Ubuntu GNOME is a flavor of Ubuntu featuring the GNOME desktop environment.

The Beta 1 images can be downloaded at:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-gnome/releases/xenial/beta-1/

More information on Ubuntu GNOME Beta 1 can be found here:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/XenialXerus/Beta1/UbuntuGNOME

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE is a flavour of Ubuntu featuring the MATE desktop environment.

The Beta 1 images can be downloaded at:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-mate/releases/xenial/beta-1/

More information on Ubuntu MATE Beta 1 can be found at:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/XenialXerus/Beta1/UbuntuMATE

https://ubuntu-mate.org/blog/ubuntu-mate-xenial-beta1/

UbuntuKylin

UbuntuKylin is a flavour of Ubuntu that is more suitable for Chinese users.

The Beta 1 images can be downloaded at:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntukylin/releases/xenial/beta-1/

More information on UbuntuKylin Beta 1 can be found here:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/XenialXerus/Beta1/UbuntuKylin

Ubuntu Studio: Ubuntu Studio is a flavour of Ubuntu configured for working on multimedia projects.

The Beta 1 images can be downloaded at:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/xenial/beta-1/

More information on Ubuntu Studio Beta 1 can be found here:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/XenialXerus/Beta1/UbuntuStudio

Xubuntu

Xubuntu is a flavour of Ubuntu based on the Xfce desktop environment.

The Beta 1 images can be downloaded at:

http://cdimages.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/xenial/beta-1/

More information on Xubuntu Beta 1 can be found at:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/XenialXerus/Beta1/Xubuntu

https://xubuntu.org/news/xubuntu-16-04-lts-beta-1/

Regular daily images for Ubuntu can be found at:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com

If you’re interested in following the changes as we further develop Xenial, we suggest that you subscribe to the ubuntu-devel-announce list. this is a low-traffic list (a few posts a week) carrying announcements of approved specifications, policy changes, alpha releases and other interesting events.

http://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-devel-announce

A big thank you to the developers and testers for their efforts to pull together this Beta release!

Originally posted to the ubuntu-devel-announce mailing list on Thu Feb 25 21:24:01 UTC 2016 by flocculant at gmx.co.uk, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team

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