Subject: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) Final Beta released
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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:
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:
http://cloud-images.ubuntu.com/releases/16.04/beta-2/ (Cloud Images) http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/16.04/beta-2/ (Community Supported) http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-core/releases/16.04/beta-2/ (Core) http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/netboot/16.04/ (Netboot)
The full release notes for Ubuntu 16.04 Final Beta can be found at:
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
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