Ubuntu 16.04 Daily Build Entering Its Final Freeze Stage Before Release
The latest version of the highly anticipated Linux-based operating system managed and freely distributed by Canonical has reached it’s final hurdle before its release on the 21 April.
Canonical has announced that the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) has reached its final freeze, during this time, no major changes will be attempted with the exception of critical bugs that pose a potential threat to the core of the operating system or any part that could implicate functionality.
As you all aware, the builds for the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS are daily builds meaning changes are made and applied to the core of the software on a frequent basis and Canonical uses freeze periods to analyze the new changes then stick with the ones that best fit the current project, discarding those that do not.
“As of now, Xenial has entered the Final Freeze period in preparation for the final release of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS next week. The current uploads in the queue will be reviewed and either accepted or rejected as appropriate by pre-freeze standards.” said Adam Conrad on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team.
As the launch date nears, the operating system will receive a long list of features prominent among them is the use of the Linux Kernel 4.4 LTS, being the first Ubuntu OS to support moving the Unity Taskbar, Allowing users to install apps using Snaps alongside Debs, Added improvements to core apps, a revamp system integration and many more.
Testers can continue testing the operating system for any vulnerabilities and can report them to Canonical using the official routes.
For the rest of us, all we can do is wait for April 21 when Xenial makes its final and official entrance.