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What is New in Ubuntu 15.10?

Chelsea Fieler
by Atlantic.Net (8posts) under VPS Hosting


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.

New Features

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.

Ubuntu 15.10Desktop

  • 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:

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.

Other changes

  • 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.



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