The Ubuntu Release Team recently announced the End of Life of Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) which was released almost 9 months ago, on October 22, 2015. All security related updates wil no longer be made available after the scheduled date “July 28, 2016. According to the announcement posted by Adam Conrad (A member of the release team):
As a non-LTS release, 15.10 has a 9-month month support cycle and, as such, the support period is now nearing its end and Ubuntu 15.10 will reach end of life on Thursday, July 28th. At that time, Ubuntu Security Notices will no longer include information or updated packages for Ubuntu 15.10.
Highlights of Ubuntu 16.04
- Ubuntu 16.04 LTS introduces a new application format, the ‘snap’, which can be installed alongside traditional deb packages. These two packaging formats live quite comfortably next to one another and enable Ubuntu to maintain its existing processes for development and updates
- Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is based on the long-term supported Linux release series 4.4.
- Python2 is not installed anymore by default on the server, cloud and the touch images, long live Python3! Python3 itself has been upgraded to the 3.5 series.
- The golang toolchain was upgraded to the 1.6 series, and gccgo was upgraded to the GCC 6.1 release candidate 1. Thus the same level of standard library and compiler features are provided by both compilers on all fully supported architectures.
- The application “Apt 1.2” includes the new privilege separation features introduced in Apt 1.1. Importantly, the unprivileged “_apt” user is now used when making outgoing network connections and parsing the results for the various apt transport methods (HTTP, HTTPS, FTP).