Ubuntu Touch OS to be Based On Xenial Xerus and Not Yakkety Yak

Its another day in the news room and another Canonical related news and like in most cases, this is another chance to inform our readers about some of the important changes coming to the most famous Linux-based mobile operating system, the Ubuntu Touch Mobile OS.

If you have been closely following news on UbuntuNext, you would realize that we have been monitoring the progress of the Ubuntu Touch Mobile operating system and have reported on all the features added whether it is changes to the core components or the usual bug fixes with each update.

With all the new innovative technologies being added to the Mobile platform, a lot of you must be wondering when the company is going to touch on the actual foundation of the OS which is surprisingly still using packages from the somewhat obsolete Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) release.

In an announcement made a few days ago, Canonical’s Łukasz Zemczak has stated that the company’s mobile operating system will soon be rebased on the Latest long term release which is the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus.

“There is no real touch development work happening on yakkety – more also because our touch images are still using upstart,” says Łukasz Zemczak. “There are no plans for us switching to yakkety so we any yakkety-based images are most likely to be broken. We recommend using our vivid (stable, rc, rc-proposed) channels for any touch-related development for now.”

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The team behind Ubuntu Touch Mobile operating system continues to impress and they prepare for the upcoming OTA-13 slated for September 7 2016.

There is no official word on when exactly the rebasing process will take place but it most likely to happen before the year is out.

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Lamin loves smartphones and was introduced to the world of mobile devices with Android. Ubuntu is new to him, but he is enjoying writing about it so far.

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