Ubuntu 15.10: Is it worth installing on your system?
Ubuntu 15.10 has been out for a little while now, and the reviews have started to come in from various sites. But what are the critics saying about Ubuntu 15.10? Is it worth installing on your system?
I've included snippets from reviews from around the web below that should give you an idea of what Ubuntu 15.10 has to offer, and if it's worth upgrading to on your Ubuntu system.
The Register's review of Ubuntu 15.10
Scott Gilbertson at The Register found that Ubuntu 15.10 was not particularly earth-shattering:
Ubuntu 15.10, Wily Werewolf, continues Canonical’s recent Ubuntu tradition of delivering, well, nothing earth shattering. There’s new scrollbars, borrowed from GNOME, a minor update for Unity, which is now at version 7.3.2, and an updated kernel with some new hardware support.
...yet for the lack of change, there's no reason to actually skip 15.10. The updates are minor enough that unless I happened to stare at the scrollbars it was hard to tell it apart from 15.04, running the two side by side in virtual machines.
Other changes in 15.10 include a minor version number bump for Unity, which is now at 7.3.2. Unity has had many bugs fixed and gets a couple small, new features. The locally integrated menus - menu bars in the window title - which arrived in previous releases are also now available for unfocused windows. Canonical's release notes also say that there have been "a number of usability improvements to the dash." One welcome improvement along those lines is the ability to control the amount of delay before showing the Dash menu when you press the Alt key.
The Ubuntu family may be a sedate bunch this autumn, but there's still enough in the way of minor updates, bug fixes, speed improvements and application updates to make Ubuntu 15.10 worth the upgrade. It may not be earth shattering, but it does continue to just work. With Mir and Unity 8 right around the corner, we may look back on these days of small quiet updates with a sense of nostalgia and envy.
The Unixmen review of Ubuntu 15.10
Chris Jones at Unixmen cautioned against expecting Ubuntu 15.10 to be a revolutionary release:
...readers consistently expect to read of a revolutionary new release, every 6 months. If you’re expecting Ubuntu 15.10 to be just that, then you may want to click out of this review right now. It’s important to clarify that this is nothing negative towards 15.10 as a release, but it is a maintenance release and not a release which purports to introduce a great deal of new software.
The biggest change you will find with Ubuntu 15.10 is the kernel branch has been upgraded to Linux 4.2. This is long overdue for Ubuntu. It feels like it has been lagging behind other distributions by sticking with the 3.x branch of Linux for the entirety of the 15.04 cycle.
LibreOffice has been upgraded to 18.104.22.168, a major update for LibreOffice users. Firefox on the version that we tested is sitting at 41.0.2. By the time you read this, it will most-likely be updated again and you may see a newer version be pushed out through the Ubuntu Repositories.
There’s nothing new as such and there’s nothing we can really say that is going to change your opinion from its predecessor, 15.04. Therefore, we recommend you to upgrade either out of habit and according to your regular upgrade schedule rather than out of a specific necessity for a specific feature of this release. Because there is really nothing that could possibly differentiate it from the older, yet still very stable 15.04 release. But if you’re going to stick with 15.04 for a little longer, we do recommend that you look at upgrading the kernel to the latest 4.2 branch. It is worth it.
The Hectic Geek review of Ubuntu 15.10
Gayan at Hectic Geek noted that some users may simply want to stick with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS for a while longer:
If you use Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and if it’s working out for you, then there really is no need to switch to a non-LTS release, especially to the 15.10. Except for the Shutdown delay, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS easily outperformed Ubuntu 15.10, so you’re good here!
If you use Ubuntu 15.04, then in comparison, performance-wise, there are no major differences (well, except for the increase in the memory usage). And even features-wise, 15.10 only comes with one or two minor changes. So I honestly don’t see any major beneficiaries, except that, Ubuntu 15.04 will reach the end of its updates in January 2016, so in a way, users are forced to made the switch within the next two or three months.
I don’t know if you can see, but I’m a little hesitant here because of the whole X.org crash. Sure it has so far happened twice and hopefully (that’s a big ‘hope’) if you don’t use Google Chrome or Virtualbox, then you’re probably going to be alright, but when it happens, with it comes dire consequences.
But, all this happened yesterday, and today I’ve been using Chrome & Virtualbox in Ubuntu 15.10 for couple of hours now and so far so good, no X.org or any other crashes. So I’ll say this much. As a safety precaution, especially if you’re planning to use it in a production environment and have similar hardware (Intel HD 3000 Graphics), then I advice you to wait for another week or two and then upgrade or clean-install Ubuntu 15.10, and then immediately install the latest updates from Ubuntu servers, so that hopefully, if this is a major issue, by then it might have been dealt with.
OMG Ubuntu's brief review of Ubuntu 15.10
Joey-Elijah Sneddon at OMG Ubuntu considers Ubuntu 15.10 to be a relatively tame update for Canonical and delves into all that is new in this release:
For a release named after a terrifying mythological creature Ubuntu 15.10 is surprisingly tame.
There are no dramatic transformations, no bone popping or shirt ripping and certainly no hair sprouting under the milky eye of full moon. In fact, a new wallpaper and change in scrollbar appearance is about as shapeshift-y as this werewolf gets.
There’s a new kernel, welcome bug fixes, improvements in the usability of the Unity desktop shell and, a fresh, fleshy serving of new software updates.
A bump to most of the GNOME 3.16 also reaps benefits. You now have access to more of GNOME’s excellent (and ever growing) suite of core apps, plus the ability to use modern GTK3 themes, like Arc. It’s a combination of minor itches scratched; a release that feels every bit as confident as it looks.
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