Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 Released and What’s Next

The Ubuntu GNOME developers are proud to announce our latest non-LTS release 17.04. For the first time in Ubuntu GNOME’s history, this release includes the latest stable release of GNOME, 3.24.

Although Ubuntu’s release schedule was originally centered around shipping the latest GNOME release, this had not been possible since Ubuntu GNOME’s first release four years ago.

Take a look at our release notes for a list of highlighted changes and improvements.

The future of Ubuntu GNOME

As announced last week by Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will include GNOME instead of Unity. Specifically, it will be GNOME (including gnome-shell) with minimal Ubuntu customization. Next year, if you are using either Ubuntu 16.04 LTS or Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 LTS, you will be prompted to upgrade to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. For normal release users, this upgrade should happen with the release of 17.10.

As a result of this decision there will no longer be a separate GNOME flavor of Ubuntu. The development teams from both Ubuntu GNOME and Ubuntu Desktop will be merging resources and focusing on a single combined release, that provides the best of both GNOME and Ubuntu. We are currently liaising with the Canonical teams on how this will work out and more details will be announced in due course as we work out the specifics.

The Ubuntu community is important to Mark Shuttleworth and he has publicly stated on Google+: “We will invest in Ubuntu GNOME with the intent of delivering a fantastic all-GNOME desktop. We’re helping the Ubuntu GNOME team, not creating something different or competitive with that effort. While I am passionate about the design ideas in Unity, and hope GNOME may be more open to them now, I think we should respect the GNOME design leadership by delivering GNOME the way GNOME wants it delivered.”

The Ubuntu GNOME developers were already members of the Ubuntu Desktop team since both teams shared responsibility for maintaining many parts of GNOME. We will continue to work closely with them and push the visions of Ubuntu GNOME into the main Ubuntu Community.

We started and maintained Ubuntu GNOME with the vision of bringing the most popular desktop experience1 to the most popular Linux distribution. We are excited that we are now able to bring this powerful combination to many more people. If you want an early preview of what this will look like, try Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 today!

On behalf of the Ubuntu GNOME team,
Jeremy Bicha and Tim Lunn

1 GNOME is shipped as the default desktop on a majority of Linux distributions.

Ubuntu GNOME 16.10 wallpaper contest winners

As you may have read on our social media pages, we already have the winners of this cycle’s Wallpaper Contest.

The team would like to thank all the gorgeous photographs and digital art that have been submitted to the contest (next to one hundred in four weeks is amazing; even after announcing the winners we’ve been getting more submissions :P)

From left to right, the wallpapers are:

We’d like to announce, also, that new rules will be added for next year’s Wallpaper Contest:

  1. Please don’t submit entries to any other Ubuntu flavour wallpaper contest. If one wallpaper is selected in more than one distribution, we will have 2 copies of the same image in Ubuntu.
  2.  Winning photos should not be submitted for any future Ubuntu
    wallpaper contest. That, of course, doesn’t impede you to try again the next cycle if you haven’t won the current one.

The Ubuntu GNOME 16.10 Wallpaper contest has started, guys!

16.10 Wallpaper contest

We have created a Flick group for your submissions: https://www.flickr.com/groups/ubuntu-gnome-16-10

From all submissions, 10 wallpapers will be selected to be included in the 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) release of Ubuntu GNOME.

Rules of the Contest:

It is important to note Ubuntu – and hence Ubuntu GNOME – is shipped to users from every part of the globe. Your images should be considerate of this diversity and refrain from the following:

  • No brand names or trademarks of any kind.
  • No branding assets like “Ubuntu GNOME” or text in order to permit use by derivative distributions.
  • No version numbers as some may prefer to continue to use your theme with an older version of Ubuntu.
  • No illustrations some may consider inappropriate, offensive, hateful, tortuous, defamatory, slanderous or libelous.
  • No sexually explicit or provocative images.
  • No images of weapons or violence.
  • No alcohol, tobacco, or drug use imagery.
  • No designs which promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against groups or individuals; or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.
  • No religious, political, or nationalist imagery.


  • Each user can submit up to 2 wallpapers. The final dimension should be at least 2560×1440 px (and 16:9 proportion if possible). Any smaller size will not be considered.
  • Use PNG format for bitmap files, use JPG format for photos.
  • Submissions must adhere to the Creative Commons ShareAlike 4.0 (see www.flickr.com/creativecommons/). If not specified, it’ll be assumed that the work is released under CC-BY-SA 4.0.
  • Attribution must be declared if the submission is based on another design.

Say hello to Yakkety Yak

Hello world,

Oh yes, here we are again with yet another new cycle and this time, it’s the “YY” cycle – Yakkety Yak – please see the official announcement.

We would like to announce that testing Ubuntu GNOME Yakkety Yak (16.10) is open and we encourage those who would like to have fun to actually start testing even though we have just started and nothing new yet but you never know when you could find a new bug?!

Whether you are new to testing or not, here is your reference:


And as always, if you need any help or have any question, please contact us!

Thank you 🙂


Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 LTS is here


The brave fearless volunteers behind Ubuntu GNOME are very happy to announce
the official release of Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 LTS supported for 3 years and
this is our 2nd official Long Term Support (LTS) version.

Before you upgrade or download, kindly make sure to read:

You may want to download from:

We highly suggest to download via torrent.

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS release announcement:

Special thanks to each and everyone who made it happen. You’re the best, no
doubt about it.

Yet another achievement 😀

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for choosing and using Ubuntu GNOME!

Ali Jawad
Ubuntu GNOME Release and Community Manager

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!

Ubuntu GNOME 14.04.4 LTS


Ubuntu GNOME Team is glad to announce the release of the fourth point release for Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 LTS.

  • Q: What are point releases for LTS versions of Ubuntu family?
  • A: Please, see the answer.

Get Ubuntu GNOME 14.04.4

  1. First of all, kindly do read the release notes. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!
  2. For NEW installations ONLY, you can download from here.
  3. Current users do NOT need to reinstall anything. You may only want to update your system, that is all.


Special thanks
Special thanks to each and everyone who have taken the time to test Ubuntu GNOME 14.04.4 (and the other flavors as well) and helped to release yet another rock solid release with less bugs. Without our great testers, we shall never make it. Keep up the great work!

To contact Ubuntu GNOME:
Please see our full list of contact channels.

Thank you for choosing and using Ubuntu GNOME!

Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 is released

With GNOME 3.16, new logo and new Ubiquity Slideshow, the Ubuntu GNOME Team is very happy to announce the release of Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 (Wily Werewolf).

The New Logo:



Social Media banner announcing the release of Wily Werewolf:

Wily_unleashedUbuntu GNOME is an official flavor of Ubuntu, featuring the GNOME desktop environment. Ubuntu GNOME is a mostly pure GNOME desktop experience built from the Ubuntu repositories. Three years ago, Ubuntu GNOME has started as unofficial flavor to Ubuntu – see the release notes of 12.10 – and 6 months after that, Ubuntu GNOME has become an official flavor.

Release Notes

Please read the Release Notes before Downloading Ubuntu GNOME 15.10:

Get Ubuntu GNOME 15.10

There are important steps you need to be aware of before installing Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 so please read carefully: Download Ubuntu GNOME 15.10


Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) is supported for 9 months only. This is our Non-LTS Release. If you seek stability and long support, please consider Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) LTS Release. If you seek the latest software/packages that we can offer, then go ahead and use Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 (Wily Werewolf).

Contact Us

Please, see the full list of our communications channels

Thank you everyone

To each and everyone who participated, helped, supported and contributed to Ubuntu GNOME this cycle; big thanks to all of you. Special thanks to our testers who did a unique great job – as always – to make Ubuntu GNOME better.

Thank you for choosing and using Ubuntu GNOME.

Wily Werewolf (15.10) Beta 2 Released

Hi everyone,

Less than a month from now and Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 will be released. Are you excited and interested to see what we have been working on for the last 5 months? because we have good news for you.

We’re delighted to announce the release of Ubuntu GNOME Wily Werewolf (15.10) Beta 2 (Final Beta).

First thing first, kindly have a read at:

So, what’s new with this Beta 2 of Ubuntu GNOME Wily Werewolf (15.10)?


Software Updates

  • GNOME Shell 3.16
  • Most of GNOME 3.16
  • GNOME getting started guide is included and will run on first login
  • Replaced Shotwell with GNOME Photos
  • GNOME Music is installed by default
  • Bluez 5
  • Support to use syncevolution with GNOME Online Accounts (GOA)
  • Adwaita Dark Theme support for Ubuntu Software Centre
  • New Ubiquity Slide Show
  • 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).

For more information, please visit the Release Notes page.

Thanks a million to each and everyone who has helped, supported,contributed and tested Ubuntu GNOME because those who made this yet another successful milestone!

We can’t wait until the final release of 15.10, can you?

Thank you!

Please accept my apology for the late announcement as I had no Internet connection.

Wily Werewolf (15.10) Beta 1 Released


Ubuntu GNOME Team is glad to announce the release of Beta 1 of Ubuntu GNOME Wily Werewolf (15.10).

What’s new and how to get it?

Please do read the release notes:

As always, thanks a million to each and everyone who has helped, supported and contributed to make this yet another successful milestone!

We have great testers and without their endless support, we don’t think we can ever make it. Please, keep the great work up!

Thank you!