Today, June 30, we can download the first versions of Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak, but not the standard version, if not two of its official flavors. To be more exact, the first Alpha versions of Ubuntu MAT, Lubuntu and Ubuntu Kylin, all as part of the release Yakkety Yak which is scheduled for four months from now, for October. The rest of the flavors, such as Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubungu GNOME or Ubuntu Studio, have decided to release only the final betas.
Simon Quigley asked if, in addition to Lubuntu and Ubuntu MAT, there were other flavors interested in launching the first Alpha of Yakkety Yak and the first to respond was Martin Wimpress, the leader of the Ubuntu MAT project, saying that they plan to release Alpha 1, Alpha 2, Beta 1 and final beta. As they said before the release of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, some flavors need to release more trial versions because many of the major changes only focus on the standard version of Ubuntu.
Ubuntu 16.10 will arrive in mid-October
On the other hand, the team in charge of Ubuntu Kylin he also said he would release the Alpha 1 version of his operating system. Ubuntu GNOME developers say they are not sure if the first version to be released will be Alpha 2 or Beta 1 because they are waiting for GTK 3.20 and some GNOME 3.20 components to arrive in the Ubuntu 16.10 repositories.
Ubuntu 16.10, the release is scheduled for October 20, will use the Linux kernels 4.8 and will have Unity 8 installed by default, although it will not be configured to enter it by default, that is, we will be able to choose if we want to enter Unity 8 from the login options. Although once I tried it I got good impressions, I must also admit that they were right not to include it in Ubuntu 16.04, as in April I was not very prepared. Hopefully in October everything will work much better.