Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak has landed and brings with it the Unity 8 technical preview desktop session. Unity 8 has been the face of the Ubuntu phone and tablet for a few years and has quickly evolved its convergence feature set to allow it to work seamlessly between form factors such as phones, tablets and desktops. You can now chose to log in to a Unity 8 session directly from the greeter.
You can install and use legacy “xorg” apps on Unity 8 Desktop Session on Ubuntu 16.10 Ubuntu 16.10 comes with an optional Unity 8 pre-installed. Using Unity 8 on a Ubuntu 16.10 machine is actually a good experience. You can install more ‘Snap’ apps, like photo gallery, from the command line using: sudo snap install --edge --devmode gallery-app But what happens when you need the classic apps that we all know?
The Ubuntu developers are working on improving the interaction between GTK apps and the Mir display server and it looks like they are finally getting closer to their goal. When Canonical announced the Mir display server a while back, a few problems were obvious right from the start, such as the support from companies like Nvidia or ADM, or just running existing GTK+ apps on Unity 8 and Mir. Mir still has a long way to go before it is ready for prime time, and evidence of that is that it’s still unknown when developers will decide to make it default.
With the announcement of the next Ubuntu release 14.10 – code named “Utopic Unicorn“, a number of changes and new features are been expected as normal. So what are the expected changes and possible new features we may be seeing in the coming months: Convergence Convergence is probably one of the biggest changes to come to the Ubuntu desktop as Canonical is determined to reinstate its focus on it. For some of us who may not know what the Convergence concept means, its an idea that there should be ONLY one operating system that runs on all devices.