Xenial Xerus Beta 1 has been released


After 16 hours of extremely hard work; testing and re-spinning the images, testing and re-spinning the images .. due to last minutes bugs and other unexpected issues, here we go again .. what did you expect? give up and surrender? we don’t do that!

Ubuntu GNOME Family is glad to announce the release of Xenial Xerus Beta 1.

Before you get excited and download it, please read the official release notes:


Software Updates

  • GNOME Shell 3.18
  • Most of GNOME 3.18
  • GNOME Software has replaced Ubuntu Software Center
  • GNOME Calendar and GNOME Logs are installed by default
  • GNOME Builder (IDE) is now available in the archives
  • gnome-control-center sharing panel has been fixed
  • Experimental wayland session is now available. Install gnome-session-wayland and then select “GNOME on wayland” from login screen (Only works with OSS GPU drivers).

Known Problems

  • The prompt asking for media removal is not shown at the end of the installation (966480)

  • Shutdown/Restart of live session guest does not work in Virtualbox, and VMWare (1447038)

  • No auto login in Ubuntu GNOME Xenial (1547297)

  • Ubuntu installer says: The creation of swap space in partition failed (990744)

  • Ubuntu GNOME Xenial live image boots to tty1 (1548864)

  • It only shows installed apps, not available ones (1548933)


Development of Ubuntu GNOME Xenial Xerus (16.04) is ongoing and bugs are fixed every day. Before reporting bugs, please ensure your system is up to date and you’re installing the latest build. For verifying installation related bugs, updated disk images are available from Daily bootable images for standard PCs/laptops/netbooks.

Testing Ubuntu GNOME

More Information about Testing Ubuntu GNOME is here

Contact Us

Ubuntu GNOME Official Channels are here

Big Thanks

To each and everyone who managed to do it again. 16.04 will be our 2nd LTS version and we can’t wait until April. Keep up the great job!

Comments are closed.