A while ago we gave you a little bad news that comes to us from the first Alpha version of Lubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus: the next version of Lubuntu will not be based on LXQt, but on LXDE, a graphical environment that we could say is less modern. But what interests us about this news is that they are already available early versions of operating systems based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, An operating system in which Canonical, the company that develops it, has high expectations.
These early versions are in theirs first Alpha, Versions that will not be available in Ubuntu 16.04 standard, but in many of its flavors. The first to release the first alpha were Ubuntu Kylin, Lubuntu and Ubuntu MAT, but it is more than likely that the first alpha versions of other Ubuntu flavors will be released soon.
Ubuntu 16.04 will use Linux 4.4 kernels
Ubuntu 16.04 based versions will use Linux Kernel 4.4 and, being an LTS (Long Term Support) version, they will have support of updates and security patches for 5 years, Which would take us to 2021. How could it be otherwise, the original version of Ubuntu will use Unity. Unity 8 is currently being tested, which has all the numbers to be the environment to be used in the final version which will be released publicly on April 2016.
On the other hand, few changes are expected in the graphical environments of the other flavors. Precisely, the graphical environment is one of the reasons for each system, so it is virtually impossible for them to change in this regard. At best, an updated version of the graphical environment they used in the previous version will be used. There were doubts about what exact environment Lubuntu would use, but after the release of the first Alpha version we can already be sure that it will use GTK based LXDE.
Below are the links to download the images of the three systems we have discussed in this post: