Saturday, 14 January 2017

5 Reasons Why Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak Is Worth a Look

1. You Get to Try Out Unity 8

Unity 8 is the next generation of the Ubuntu desktop, which Canonical has been developing for years. It’s all part of the company’s convergence vision, the idea of a single system working across PCs, tablets, and phones. The experience is already up and running on mobile devices, but the desktop still needs work

Ubuntu 16.10 offers a sneak peak at the current state of Unity 8. You can select the preview as an alternate session when signing in. Just don’t expect to spend much time there. Unity 8 currently only handles basic web browsing and little else. Here’s a peak provided by OMG! Ubuntu!.

2. Updated GNOME Apps

Canonical doesn’t develop most of the software on your Ubuntu desktop. Much of what you see comes from the GNOME project. This includes applications such as the text editor and calculator.

Canonical does make changes to these programs in order for them to properly integrate with the Unity desktop. As a result, this software lags behind the versions you see in other distros.
Now all GNOME applications are at least version 3.20.

3. Newer Software

Every Ubuntu release comes with newer versions of your favorite applications. When you boot up Yakkety Yak for the first time, Mozilla Firefox 49 will be your gateway to the web. Thunderbird 45 will handle your mail. LibreOffice 5.2.2 will be the office suite for your next assignment.
You may be thinking to yourself, “Of course the apps are newer, why is that worthy of a mention?” Simple — this will probably be the single biggest reason many people embrace 16.10. Long-Term Support releases like 16.04 offer more stability and a longer shelf life, but application updates are slow to arrive, if ever. Making the transition to Yakkety Yak will keep your experience feeling more fresh.

4. Linux Kernel 4.8

Ubuntu 16.10 comes with the latest Linux kernel, 4.8. Why should you care? A big draw of kernel updates is expanded support for more devices and accessories. For example, this kernel supports the Microsoft Surface 3’s touchscreen.
The kernel has gained support for mode-setting on new NVIDIA Pascal cards using the Nouveau driver. Plus AMD GPU owners can now overclock using the free AMDGPU driver.
You don’t need an understanding of the Linux kernel to appreciate when things that previously didn’t work now do. That’s not even mentioning improved system performance.

5. Newer Versions of Other Desktop Environments

Unity may not see much love these days, but it’s not the only way to enjoy Ubuntu. Kubuntu has taken KDE from version 5.5 to 5.7. Ubuntu GNOME gives you those core GNOME apps without Canonical’s changes. Ubuntu Mate has leapt from 1.12 to 1.16.

Not every flavor has an updated desktop environment. Xubuntu still runs XFCE 4.4. Not much has changed with Lubuntu either. But these alternative flavors remain an important part of the Ubuntu ecosystem, and you might find them more appealing than the core experience.


  1. >> When you boot up Yakkety Yak for the first time, Mozilla Firefox 49 will be your gateway to the web. Thunderbird 45 will handle your mail. [..] this will probably be the single biggest reason many people embrace 16.10.<<

    Since when stopped Canonical to update Firefox and Thunderbird in their LTS editions?

  2. 16.04 is kept up to date I terms of Firefox and Thunderbird. 16.04 is also getting kernel 4.8 this week with the new hardware enablement. Lastly, GNOME 3.20 is available in 16.04.