Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus – What’s New

On the eve of Ubuntu 16.04 (beta) dropping, here are the major changes you can expect in the new version.


  1. Ubuntu Software Center is dead: Ubuntu is switching instead to the much more refined Gnome software center.
  2. Empathy and Brasero have been removed from the default image. You can of course, still download and install these separately. (Though Pidgin is a better IM option than Empathy IMO.)
  3. Python 3 is the new base, and Snappy packages are now supported.
  4. Unity 8/Mir Will be made available to download, install, and test out. This is the final step in full “convergence” of the Ubuntu OS, meaning the same desktop that Ubuntu Phones etc. use. If the daily builds are any indication, Unity 8 still has a long way to go before it approaches being useable as a default desktop environment on your PC.

It’s a bigger release than we’ve seen from canonical in a while, but still a bit dissappointing that Unity 8 isnt further along. After all, we were told we could expect full convergence by Ubuntu 14.04


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