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Ubuntu 15.10 review: Wily Werewolf leaves scary experimentation for next year | Ars Technica

Canonical recently released Ubuntu 15.10, nicknamed Wily Werewolf. In the past, an autumn release of Ubuntu Linux like this would have been more experimental, warranting some caution when updating. Such releases weren't quite update-at-your-own-risk rough, but they were often packed full of new features that were not fully baked. (For example, the now-shuttered Ubuntu One first debuted in 9.10. The Unity desktop became a default in 11.10, and the controversial Amazon search results in the Unity Dash made their debut in 12.10.)Especially compared to the spring .04 releases that tended to be stable (and every two years packaged as Long Term Support releases), autumn was Canonical's time to experiment. Unfortunately—or fortunately, depending on how you feel about desktop experiments—that's not the case with Wily Werewolf. There are new features worth updating for in this release, but, on the whole, this is Canonical refining what it has already created. The organization is esse…

Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) is HERE!

Canonical's Ubuntu 15.04, also known as Vivid Vervet, has been recently launched and it comes with the notorious systemd project.

Unity 7 desktop environment This latest edition of the standard Linux distro does not boast of any user interface changes as it still has the Unity 7 desktop environment. It includes some minor tweaks like the ability to set application menus to always appear instead of only popping up when you hover your mouse over them. Most of the changes feature revamped menus, some important desktop improvements and new versions of default apps like LibreOffice and Firefox. This operating system should be faster and more stable thanks to updates to the underlying system, such as the Linux kernel and Unity desktop.

What makes Vivid Vervet visually different from the previous version is the purple default wallpaper and the marginally improved locally integrated menus as they now consume less screen space with this arrangement.

Unity's HUD When the desktop is awar…