The latest updates to Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak add a Unity8 desktop session to the Ubuntu login screen.
Not that many of you will be surprised to hear that.
We mentioned that a Unity 8 session was going to ship as part of the Yakkety release in our list of things to expect in Ubuntu 16.10.
Unity 8 Session Is Entirely Optional
Added to the Ubuntu meta package, the new Unity 8 desktop session will be available to try on all new installs and upgrades of Ubuntu 16.10, but only as an alternate login session to Unity 7. Unity 8 is not — repeat: not — going to be the default session in this release.
Also Read: Hands on With Unity 8 on Ubuntu 16.10
Shipping it as a preview session is a great idea. It means to try Unity 8 on Ubuntu 16.10 you won’t need to install a set of packages, or faff around with special set-up, or add a PPA.
When at the Unity Greeter (aka the login screen) just click the session selector button, followed by ‘Unity 8’, and then proceed to login as normal.
Whether Unity 8 actually loads for you after you ‘log in’ will depend, largely, on which graphics card you have and which drivers you use with it. Unity 8 (or rather Mir, the display server that Unity 8 runs on) only plays nice with open-source Nvidia (nouveau) and open-source Intel GPU drivers.
Your milage with virtual machines will also vary. Unity 8 doesn’t work in Virtualbox, but some say it does work with VMWare Fusion.
If you give it a whirl in the next couple of weeks do share your feedback in the comments here, and on our social media pages.
Thanks to Thibaut