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The Ubuntu Release Team has announced the availability of new beta test images for select community editions. The new development release, which carries the designation 16.04 Beta 1, is recommended for testers only and is not considered suitable for daily use. “This beta features images for Lubuntu, Ubuntu Cloud, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu Studio and Xubuntu. Pre-releases of Xenial Xerus are not encouraged for anyone needing a stable system or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even frequent breakage. They are, however, recommended for Ubuntu flavour developers and those who want to help in testing, reporting and fixing bugs as we work towards getting this release ready.” Additional information can be found in the release announcement. Download: lubuntu-16.04-beta1-desktop-amd64.iso (868MB, SHA256, torrent, pkglist), ubuntu-mate-16.04-beta1-desktop-amd64.iso (1,592MB, SHA256, torrent, pkglist), ubuntu-gnome-16.04-beta1-desktop-amd64.iso (1,252MB, SHA256, torrent, pkglist), ubuntustudio-16.04-beta1-dvd-amd64.iso (2,693MB, SHA256, torrent, pkglist), ubuntukylin-16.04-beta1-desktop-amd64.iso (1,558MB, SHA256, torrent, pkglist), xubuntu-16.04-beta1-desktop-amd64.iso (1,227MB, SHA256, torrent, pkglist).
Xubuntu is a community-developed operating system based on Ubuntu. It comes with Xfce, which is a stable, light and configurable desktop environment.
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The Xubuntu team has announced a new release of their distribution which combines packages from the Ubuntu repositories with the Xfce desktop environment. The new release, Xubuntu 15.10, swaps out Gnumeric and AbiWord for the LibreOffice productivity suite. The new release also includes version 4.12 of the Xfce desktop. The 15.10 release has the following highlights: Xfce4 Panel Switch for backup and restoration of panels. Included are five preset panel layouts. LibreOffice Calc and Writer and now included. These applications replace Gnumeric and AbiWord respectively. A new theme for LibreOffice, libreoffice-style-elementary is also included and is default for Wily Werewolf. Greybird accessibility icons for window manager. Known issue: gmusicbrowser is known to crash on close.” Further information can be found in the distribution’s release announcement and a full list of changes and new packages are provided in the release notes. Download: xubuntu-15.10-desktop-amd64.iso (1,052MB, SHA256, torrent, pkglist).The Xubuntu development team has launched Xubuntu 15.04. The Xubuntu distribution is based on packages pulled from the Ubuntu repositories and offers users Xfce as the default desktop environment. The latest version of Xubuntu ships with Xfce 4.12 and improves the appearance of Qt-based applications running in the Xfce environment. “Xubuntu now uses Xfce 4.12, which was released on February 28. The new release has brought both some new features and many bug fixes over the old 4.10/4.11 components. For a complete changelog for Xfce 4.12, see the 4.12 changelog on Xfce.org. In addition to the new Xfce release, the 15.04 release has the following highlights: New/Updated Xubuntu Light/Dark colour schemes in Mousepad, Terminal; Mousepad colour scheme set to Xubuntu Light by default; Better appearance for Qt applications out of the box (default to GTK theme); Redundant File Manager (Settings) menu entry removed.” Further information can be found in the release announcement and a full list of changes are provided in the release notes. Download: xubuntu-15.04-desktop-amd64.iso (963MB, SHA256, torrent, pkglist).The Ubuntu family of distribution is one step closer to version 15.04 as the first beta builds of Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE and now also Xubuntu get ready for testing: “The Xubuntu team is pleased to announce the immediate release of Xubuntu 15.04 Beta 1. This is the first beta towards the final release in April. The first beta release also marks the end of the period to land new features in the form of Ubuntu feature freeze. This means any new updates to packages should be bug fixes only, the Xubuntu team is committed to fixing as many of the bugs as possible before the final release. New features and enhancements: LightDM GTK+ Greeter settings tool added; development wallpaper introduced; XFCE Panel now has an intelligent hiding mode….” See the general announcement as well as Xubuntu’s own release announcement for more details and known issues. Download links: kubuntu-15.04-beta1-desktop-amd64.iso (1,218MB, SHA256, torrent), lubuntu-15.04-beta1-desktop-amd64.iso (678MB, SHA256, torrent), ubuntu-gnome-15.04-beta1-desktop-amd64.iso (1,005MB, SHA256, torrent), ubuntukylin-15.04-beta1-desktop-amd64.iso (1,307MB, SHA256, torrent), ubuntu-mate-15.04-beta1-desktop-amd64.iso (1,094MB, SHA256, torrent), xubuntu-15.04-beta1-desktop-amd64.iso (957MB, SHA256, torrent).Xubuntu 14.10 has been released. Xubuntu is a desktop Linux distribution focusing on usability and performance through its classic Xfce desktop. From the release announcement: “The Xubuntu team is pleased to announce the immediate release of Xubuntu 14.10. To celebrate the 14.10 code name ‘Utopic Unicorn’ and to demonstrate the easy customisability of Xubuntu, highlight colors have been turned pink for this release. You can easily revert this change by using the theme configuration application under the Settings Manager; simply turn Custom Highlight Colors ‘Off’ and click ‘Apply’. Of course, if you wish, you can change the highlight color to something you like better than the default blue. Starting with Xubuntu 14.10, you should use pkexec instead of gksudo for running graphical applications with root access from the terminal for improved security.” See also the release notes for a full changelog and a list of known issues. Download: xubuntu-14.10-desktop-amd64.iso (979MB, SHA256, torrent, pkglist).Pasi Lallinaho has announced the release of Xubuntu 14.04, a desktop distribution shipping with the latest development build of the Xfce desktop, version 4.11: “The Xubuntu team is pleased to announce the immediate release of Xubuntu 14.04. Xubuntu 14.04 is an LTS (long-term support) release and will be supported for 3 years. The highlights of this release include: Light Locker replaces XScreenSaver for screen locking, a settings GUI is included; the panel layout is updated, it now uses Whisker Menu by default; Mugshot is included to allow editing personal preferences; MenuLibre for menu editing with full Xfce support replaces Alacarte; a community wallpapers package which includes work from the five winners of the wallpaper contest; GTK+ Theme Config to customize desktop theme colors; updated artwork, including various enhancements to themes as well as a new default wallpaper.” Here is the release announcement with known issues and acknowledgements. Download: xubuntu-14.04-desktop-amd64.iso (913MB, SHA256, torrent).The Xubuntu development team has announced that the first beta release of Xubuntu 14.04 is now ready for download and testing: “The Xubuntu team is pleased to announce the release of Xubuntu 14.04 Beta 1. This is the first beta towards the final LTS release, and with it we have landed a lot of new features and improvements we’ve been preparing since the last LTS release two years ago. The highlights of this release include: Light Locker replaces XScreenSaver for screen locking, a setting editing GUI is included; the panel layout is updated, it now uses Whisker Menu as the default menu; Mugshot is included to allow you to easily edit your personal preferences; MenuLibre for menu editing with full Xfce support….” See the release announcement for more information and known issues. Download: xubuntu-14.04-beta1-desktop-amd64.iso (937MB, SHA256). Other Ubuntu distributions that released new testing CD/DVD images today include Edubuntu (download), Kubuntu (release notes, download), Lubuntu (release notes, download), Ubuntu GNOME (announcement, download), Ubuntu Kylin (download) and Ubuntu Studio (announcement, download).The second alpha release of Xubuntu 14.04 and several other members of the Ubuntu family (but without Ubuntu itself) is now ready for download and testing: “The Xubuntu team is happy to announce the immediate release of Xubuntu 14.04 Alpha 2. As often expected with very early cycle releases, this release has some issues which we will be working to resolve before the final release. Notably, it is impossible to successfully use the alpha 2 to set up an auto-resized system automatically. You will not be able to set the partition sizes. Other known issues: top ruler missing from AbiWord; keyboard input method closing unexpectedly; Ubiquity window spans monitor width; desktop items have background; Thunar not always automounting USB; resize bar missing when running auto-resize install option.” Here is the brief release announcement. Download: xubuntu-14.04-beta1-desktop-amd64.iso (894MB, SHA256). Other distributions that opted to participate in alpha 2 testing include Edubuntu (release notes, download), Kubuntu (release notes, download), Ubuntu GNOME (release notes, download) and Ubuntu Kylin (download).Pasi Lallinaho has announced the release of Xubuntu 13.10, an official flavour of the Ubuntu operating system with Xfce – a stable, light and configurable desktop environment: “The Xubuntu team is delighted to announce the release of Xubuntu 13.10! Some of the highlights for Xubuntu 13.10 include: a new version of xfce4-settings has been uploaded, bringing amongst other things a new dialog to set up your displays; a tool for changing your theme colors easily, gtk-theme-config, has been added to the default installation; new wallpaper; new releases of our GTK+ themes (with GTK+ 3.10 support) as well as the LightDM greeter, fixing many visual bugs; updated documentation. Known problems: indicator sound no longer functions with Xfce indicator plugin; gmusicbrowser’s albuminfo plugin is deactivated by default and causes the app to hang if enabled….” See the release announcement and release notes for further details. Download: xubuntu-13.10-desktop-amd64.iso (842MB, SHA256, torrent).
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