Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus Final Beta Available For Download [Video, Screenshots]

Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus screenshots

Video: quick look at what's new in Ubuntu 16.04 final beta

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Unity changes in Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus LTS final beta

Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus screenshots launcher bottom
Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus screenshots launcher bottom
Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus screenshots launcher bottom
Unity bottom launcher dconf editor
Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus screenshots
  • the file manager (Nautilus) is now integrated with Unity Launcher, so every device icon available on Unity Launcher only manages the relative window, while the Files (Nautilus) icon matches the other views. For instance, if you click on the Trash (or USB devices, etc.) icon, the Nautilus window that opens is managed from the Trash icon, and not from the Nautilus icon from the Launcher;
  • session actions (shutdown, reboot, etc.) are now available from Unity Dash
  • the option to change the menu visibility (displayed on mouse hovering or always visible) is now available in System Settings (Appearance > Behavior tab) so you no longer need to use dconf Editor or other third-party tools to change this;
  • GNOME Software now integrates with Unity Launcher, in the same way Ubuntu Software Center did (it places newly installed app icons on the Launcher);
  • Dash now uses GTK-like overlay scrollbars instead of the old, Unity overlay scrollbars-like design;
  • better Dash theming support;
  • support for scaling cursors in HiDPI environments;
  • the Unity workspace switcher now uses quicklists that allows switching to a certain workspace;
  • the Unity application window spread (so for an application that has multiple open windows) can now be triggered using a keyboard shortcut: Super+Ctrl+W;
  • the option to format USB devices via Unity quicklists has returned (though for some reason, it's not displayed for me, I'm not sure why)
  • various other changes and numerous bug fixes - you can see a complete changelog here: Unity | Compiz.

Here are a few screenshots with some of these changes:

Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus screenshots Unity file manager integration
Unity Launcher devices / trash integration for Nautilus
Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus Screenshots Dash GTK-like overlay scrollbars
Dash GTK-like overlay scrollbars
An option to toggle menu visibility (autohide / always visible) is now available in System Settings (previously it was only available via dconf Editor and other third-party tools)
Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus screenshots workspace switcher quicklists
Unity Workspace Switcher now comes with quicklists

Default applications / packages in Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus final beta

Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus screenshots gnome software
Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus screenshots gnome software
Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus screenshots gnome software
Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus screenshots gnome calendar
Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus screenshots gnome calendar
Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus screenshots
Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus screenshots LibreOffice

Under the hood, Xenial final beta ships with Mesa 11.1.2, Xorg server 1.18.1 and the Ubuntu Linux Kernel 4.4.0-15.31, based on the upstream 4.4.6 Linux Kernel.

 

Download Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus LTS final beta (beta 2)

Before downloading, remember that Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus is still in beta, so you may encounter issues! The final (stable) release is expected on April 21st.Important: currently there's a bug that affects upgrading from Ubuntu 14.04 to 16.04, so do no upgrade for now!

Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus beta 2 flavors download links and release notes:

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