Ade Malsasa Akbar contact
Senior author, Open Source enthusiast.
Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 18:18

Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus just released today. Ubuntu 16.04 is a Long Term Support (LTS) version and is the 6th of the LTS series. Ubuntu 16.04 brings some new features, the most notably one is GNOME Software replaced the Ubuntu Software Center. Here we provide links to download the official Ubuntu images and a short review.

Download Ubuntu 16.04

Official images for Ubuntu 16.04 are available in

Download Ubuntu 16.04 Flavors

The official Ubuntu Flavors images can be downloaded from the links below.

What's New

There are some changes in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. Some notable changes are GNOME Software (replacing Ubuntu Software Center) and newly added GNOME Calendar. There is no radical changes in the GUI (Unity and X Window Server).

1. New Applications

Here are some new default applications:
  • GNOME Calendar 3.20: a new calendar application for Ubuntu Desktop.
  • GNOME Software 3.20: a new package manager front-end, replacing Ubuntu Software Center.
  • Nautilus 3.14.3: updated file manager.
  • Mozilla Firefox 45: updated Mozilla Firefox.
  • LibreOffice updated LibreOffice.

2. New Wallpapers

Ubuntu 16.04 features some new wallpapers. And this is the default one.

3. Removed Applications

There are some top-level applications removed in 16.04 default installation:

  • Brasero
  • Empathy
  • Ubuntu Software Center
By the way, you are still able to install them after installing Ubuntu 16.04. They are still available in the repository.

4. Unity Version is Still 7

There is no default Unity 8 in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS yet. Built-in Unity is still 7.4.0 version.

5. GNU

Here is the core components versions of GNU operating system inside Ubuntu 16.04:
  • GNU C Library 2.23
  • GNU Debugger 7.11
  • GNU Compiler Collection 5.3.1 & 6.0.1
  • GNU Core Utilities 8.25
  • GNU Binary Utilities 2.26
  • GNU Bourne Again Shell 4.3.42

6. Linux Kernel 4.4

The kernel of Ubuntu 16.04, Linux, reached version

7. X Window System

The package xorg and xserver-xorg reached version 7.7.

8. Init System

The init system of Ubuntu 16.04, systemd, reached version 229