These days, from May 3 to 5, the Ubuntu Online Summit for Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak is being held, where Ubuntu developers are making plans for the future. One of the decisions that they have recently communicated is that the next version of Ubuntu will not arrive with Unity 8, so those of us who want to test it in its final version will have to keep waiting. At the summit they will also have had time to talk about Snappy Ubuntu Core 16, an operating system that has to arrive in the next few weeks.
Snappy Ubuntu 16 was going to be released as an extension to version 15.04, a version that was released in April 2015 as part of Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Velvet. Since then, virtually all of the code has been changed, and Canonical promises that the list of changes will be much longer than you might initially expect. From my point of view, in this way the Ubuntu developers will be giving Snappy Ubuntu 16 the importance that all the brand's operating systems deserve Xenial Xerus.
Snappy Ubuntu 16 will be a snap package
At this time, there is no official ISO image of Snappy Ubuntu Core 16 available yet (not even an Alpha version). The reason is that there are still some things to implement and polish before the release can be considered ready for use on production devices. In any case, if you are interested in Snappy Ubuntu 16, you have to know that everything will be snap packages, such as the kernel, applications, and the operating system itself.
Moreover, there will be a new design of the partitions for Snappy Ubuntu 16 simpler than the previous one, which will take up less space and which will be divided into two main partitions, / Boot y /writing, where the snaps will be stored. The bootloader or bootloader that switches between kernel, operating system, and snaps.
In the coming weeks, the developers of Snappy Ubuntu plan to offer preconfigured binary images of Snappy Ubuntu Core 16 for various devices, including the Raspberry Pi 2 y DragonBoard 410c, and will be available for both 32-bit (i386) and 64-bit (amd64). On the other hand, it seems that there will be more snaps of all kinds of applications available in the Snap Store for Ubuntu Desktop and Server.