Ubuntu 15.10: Wily Werewolf alpha 2 released

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Ubuntu 15.10 alpha 2 released

The Ubuntu developers have been hard at work on the next version of Ubuntu. Ubuntu 15.10 (code named Wily Wereworld) alpha 2 has been released.

The Ubuntu mailing list has details:

The second alpha of the Wily Werewolf (to become 15.10) has now been released! This alpha features images for Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Kylin and the Ubuntu Cloud images.

Pre-releases of the Wily Werewolf are *not* encouraged for anyone needing a stable system or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even frequent breakage. They are, however, recommended for Ubuntu flavor developers and those who want to help in testing, reporting and fixing bugs as we work towards getting this release ready.

Alpha 2 includes a number of software updates that are ready for wider testing. This is quite an early set of images, so you should expect some bugs.

While these Alpha 2 images have been tested and work, except as noted in the release notes, Ubuntu developers are continuing to improve the Wily Werewolf. In particular, once newer daily images are available, system installation bugs identified in the Alpha 2 installer should be verified against the current daily image before being reported in Launchpad. Using an obsolete image to re-report bugs that have already been fixed wastes your time and the time of developers who are busy trying to make 15.10 the best Ubuntu release yet. Always ensure your system is up to date before reporting bugs.

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The announcement about Ubuntu 15.10 alpha 2 spawned a thread on the Linux subreddit and redditors weren't shy about sharing their thoughts:

Xd1936: "How are things coming along? I haven't been paying attention to this release cycle. What are the changes that they are focusing on? Is Mir default yet?"

Waspinator: "...the current rumor is that Mir and Unity 8 will be default in 16.10 or 17.04. They are focusing their efforts on IoT and mobile right now."

Trezor2: "Still? They've done they for how many releases now? And how many Ubuntu iot mobiles are there now? One? I'm ready for them to again focus on the one thing which made them a thing in the first place: a superior out of the box desktop experience."

Darthbo: "They ARE working on the desktop. You can even start the desktop mode on the ubuntu phone by plugging in a mouse. No one's going to switch the default to Mir/Wayland as long as the proprietary nvidia/amd drivers don't support them, though."

Deed: "...it really feels like every version since about 12.04 has just been under-the-hood stability and security updates. I mean those are important too, but it's nice to get an aesthetic upgrade once in a while. Also I really don't care about mobile, if I'm being honest. :/"

Jan: "Hopefully its not just minor tweaks like the releases in past 2 years. I'm ready to be excited."

NewPhoenixx: "I installed 15.04 once it was officially released, somewhere around may this year, and it was a unmitigated disaster. I had 14.10 running before with very very few issues and 15.04 basically left me with a page full of issues. Suspend not working, sddm login manager hanging about 90% of the time, clock screen hanging for 10 minutes, and I can go on for half an hour. A few weeks later, somebody told me to try the night lies of 15.10 and it solved nearly everything."

Trish: "I've been running Ubuntu Studio 15.04 since release and have had none of those problems."

Sludge: "I feel like you almost always want wait for at least XX.YY.1 before upgrading/installing."

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