Today, June 30, 2016, the Lubuntu team has released the first Alpha build of the upcoming Lubuntu 16.10 operating system, as part of the Ubuntu 16.10 Alpha 1 release for opt-in flavors.

We’ve already told you what’s new in the Ubuntu MATE 16.10 Alpha 1 distribution, so it’s now time to take a look at the second of the three Ubuntu flavors that participated in the first Alpha release of the Yakkety Yak series.

However, being the first Alpha, you shouldn’t expect to see any major changes, as the Lubuntu 16.10 Alpha 1 operating system ships with same Linux 4.4 LTS kernel as Lubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus).

Additionally, it looks like Lubuntu 16.10 Alpha 1 is still using LXDE (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment), as the Lubuntu development team said that the LXQt desktop environment is still in development at this time.

Despite that, we do hope that the final Lubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) release will ship with LXQt as the default desktop environment. Also, we know for a fact that Lubuntu 16.10 will be powered by Linux kernel 4.8.

It’s now possible to upgrade from Lubuntu 16.04 LTS

In the release notes, the Lubuntu team stated the fact that the upgrade path from Lubuntu 16.04 LTS to Lubuntu 16.10 works well for this first Alpha release, but we don’t recommend to do so because Yakkety Yak is in early development stages and it contains many bugs.

The major bug in the Lubuntu 16.10 Alpha 1 release is affecting the desktop installer, which doesn’t allow users to install Lubuntu on a Btrfs or XFS partition. As a workaround, you could first install the btrfs-progs or xfsprogs packages before starting the installation.

There are also a few other minor issues with the applications included in Lubuntu 16.10 Alpha 1, and you can read all about them in the release announcement. In the meantime, you can download the Lubuntu 16.10 Alpha 1 ISOs right now via our website, but please note that they’re not suitable for daily use.

Lubuntu 16.10 Alpha 1 with LXDE

Lubuntu 16.10 Alpha 1 with LXDE

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