Today Ubuntu 16.04 Beta 1 is ready for download on all flavors of Ubuntu, that includes Lubuntu, Ubuntu Gnome, and Xubuntu. 


This is the first major milestone for many flavors as Alpha wasn’t available to many of them, while this version is far from complete, it gives you a clear idea on how will Ubuntu 16.04 will look and behave.

Now every flavor has it’s changes and improvements, but since I’m with Ubuntu Gnome now, here is a list of update and known bugs (Source):

Software Updates

  • GNOME Shell 3.18
  • Most of GNOME 3.18
  • GNOME Software has replaced Ubuntu Software Center
  • GNOME Calendar and GNOME Logs are installed by default
  • GNOME Builder (IDE) is now available in the archives
  • gnome-control-center sharing panel has been fixed
  • Experimental wayland session is now available. Install gnome-session-wayland and then select “GNOME on wayland” from login screen (Only works with OSS GPU drivers).

Known Problems

  • The prompt asking for media removal is not shown at the end of the installation (966480)
  • Shutdown/Restart of live session guest does not work in Virtualbox, and VMWare (1447038)
  • No auto login in Ubuntu GNOME Xenial (1547297)
  • Ubuntu installer says: The creation of swap space in partition failed (990744)
  • Ubuntu GNOME Xenial live image boots to tty1 (1548864)
  • It only shows installed apps, not available ones (1548933)

    The beta version isn’t ready for everyday use, but if you can and have a decent Internet connection, downloaded and give it a try even on a VM.
    I seriously can’t wait for Ubuntu 16.04. It’s going to be awesome!!

    Are you excited as I am? Let me know what you think in the comments section below?