Canonical has announced that Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) is now in ‘feature freeze’ stage. The new operating system version will be available to developers through the first beta on August 25, while its public release will be launched in October.
By going into the ‘feature freeze’ stage, the new Ubuntu version will now no longer receive new features and the community will just contribute for its bug fixing and stability improvements.
“This will let us create a solid and well-groomed Yak in October that we’ll all want to take a ride on for the following nine months,” writes Iain Lane, Ubuntu and Debian developer at Canonical, in an email to the open source community.
Lane also confirms that version strings would not directly affect the new stage as new features through a patch would still come to the upcoming Ubuntu platform.
Ubuntu’s Yakkety Yak flavour has been in development following the release of the current version in April. While the final release would take a couple of months from now, you can check its features by installing the first beta build later this week. It will come in both 64-bit and 32-bit Live ISO images. Furthermore, the final release will debut for a variety of hardware, including desktop, server and mobile devices.