The latest version of Ubuntu is now available for download, and the latest version of the popular Linux distribution comes in a variety of flavors.
You can install Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf on a desktop or notebook. It runs on smartphones. There are server and cloud versions of the operating system. And Ubuntu Core is available for small, low-power, Internet of Things-style devices.
Just want to run Ubuntu on you PC? There are a number of options for that too, depending on the desktop environment you’d prefer to use. Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu MATE, Xubuntu, Ubuntu Kylin, and Ubuntu Studio have all been updated to Ubuntu 15.10.
You can download installers for any of those new operating systems, or if you’re already running Ubuntu, you can use the built-in software update tools to upgrade to Ubuntu 15.10. Have a phone running Ubuntu software? Ubuntu 15.10 will roll out as an over-the-air-update.
So what’s new in version 15.10? Well, that depends on which version of the operating system yo’re using. For the most part, you’ll get newer versions of the desktop environment (Unity for the default version of Ubuntu, KDE for Kubuntu, LXDE for Lubuntu, and so on), along with more up-to-date versions of Firefox, LibreOffice, and other default apps.
Ubuntu 15.10 also uses Linux Kernel 4.2 which adds new features for recent Intel Atom chips and AMD graphics processors, support for Valve’s Steam Controller video game controller.
Canonical releases new builds of Ubuntu every 6 months, and provides about 9 months of security updates. But every two years the company also releases a Long Term Support build of the operating system which comes with 5 years of support, and the next one will be Ubuntu 16.04, which is schedule to launch in April, 2016. If that sort of thing matters to you, then you might want to stick with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS until next year.