Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Launches Today with Inherent Snap Packages, Five Years of Support
Canonical is set to release its latest version of the OS, the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, today. Since it is a special LTS version which the company releases every two years, it means the OS will come with a super-long five years of support. In addition to the long-term support for the OS, the Ubuntu 16.04 includes some pretty attractive features as well, such as the inherent snap packages, CephFS, and ZFS-on-Linux.
Snap is a new application format designed to work alongside traditional deb packages. Applications from these deb packages or from source code can be compiled easily using a new tool called “snapcraft.”
“The security mechanisms in snap packages allow for much faster iteration across all versions of Ubuntu and Ubuntu derivatives, as snap applications are isolated from the rest of the system. Users can install a snap without having to worry whether it will have an impact on their other apps or their system,” says Canonical.
Further, developers will be able to handle the update cycle more efficiently as they can decide to bundle specific versions of a library with their app. Being self-contained, snap files are also easier to be migrated to other devices with widely varying hardware configurations.
The OS also supports ZFS-on-Linux, which is “a combination of a volume manager and filesystem which enables efficient snapshots, copy-on-write cloning, continuous integrity checking against data corruption, automatic filesystem repair, and data compression,” according to Canonical.
The company also added support for the LXD pure-container hypervisor in this release. LXD is used in conjunction with OpenStack on the OS, and offers 14x the workload density and significantly higher performance compared to traditional virtualization technologies.
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS will be released today, and if you’re interested, you can get it from Ubuntu.com.