Unity8 is available as an alternate (optional) session
The latest updates to Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak add a U nity8 desktop session by default.
Not that many of you will be surprised to hear that.
Unity 8 shipping as part of the Yakkety release was mentioned in our list of things to expect in Ubuntu 16.10 .
The new Unity 8 desktop session is available to try on all new installs of Ubuntu 16.10, as an alternate login session to Unity 7. Unity 8 is not — repeat: not — the default session.
To try Unity 8 on Ubuntu 16.10 you don’t need to install or configure anything special. When at the Unity Greeter (aka the login screen) just click the session selector button, followed by ‘Unity 8’, and then proceed to log in 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.
And the warnings don’t stop there as we hear there’s currently no user logout option, meaning if you boot directly to the desktop you may find it tricky to get out and back in to Unity 7!
Thanks to Thibaut