Ubuntu 15.10 was released for public use on October 22nd, 2015. Nicknamed “Wily Werewolf” it comes with a few upgrades and changes that are worth noting. In this overview, we will briefly touch on the changes and upgrades in the newest version. Ubuntu 15.10 is primarily noted as a stepping stone to the release of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, the next Long-Term Service release coming in April 2016. Most of the major features remain largely unchanged from the current 15.04 LTS.
Linux Kernel 4.2
- AMDGPU kernel drivers
- Intel Broxton support
- F2FS file-system encryption support
- NV-DIMM support
A kernel for Raspberry Pi 2 has also been added to the archives.
One of the major changes is the migration to utilize systemd as the primary init system going forward.
- Unity, many bugs have been fixed as well as new features in this version, focusing primarily on interface improvements, such as locally integrated menus for unfocused windows and scrollbar updates.
- Compiz has several bug fixes, also of note is the integration with the MATE desktop.
- Firefox updated to version 41
- Chrome updated to version 45
- MATE updated to version 1.10
- GNOME now updated to version 3.16
- Blueman 2.0 is now included
- Able to pair new Steam Controller, can be paired through Big Picture mode in Steam
- LibreOffice has many upgrades and changes, which can be located here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/ReleaseNotes/5.0
Ubuntu 15.10 Server Edition
Ubuntu 15.10 now holds the newest edition of OpenStack, Liberty, including:
- OpenStack Identity – Keystone
- OpenStack Imaging – Glance
- OpenStack Block Storage – Cinder
- OpenStack Networking – Neutron
- OpenStack Telemetry – Ceilometer and Aodh
- OpenStack Orchestration – Heat
- OpenStack Dashboard – Horizon
- OpenStack Object Storage – Swift
- OpenStack Database as a Service – Trove
- OpenStack DNS – Designate
- OpenStack Bare-metal – Ironic
- OpenStack Filesystem – Manila
- OpenStack Key Manager – Barbican
There is also experimental support being offered for erasure coded storage.
- Juju has been updated to 1.24.6
- libvirt has been updated to 1.2.16
- qemu has been updated to 2.3
- Open vSwitch 2.4.0 is now included by default
- Ceph has been updated to “Hammer” 0.94.3
As a personal use note, I updated my home computer to this version and did not notice any glaring changes after a few days use. Things ran mostly how they always have, but maybe a little prettier. I expect greater things are in store for Ubuntu 16.04.
Official Ubuntu release notes can be found here.