What’s new in Ubuntu 21.10 ‘Ampish Inside’?
Ubuntu 21.10 “Impish Indri” is now available as a beta, and full release is on October 14, 2021. But with only nine months of support, is it worth the upgrade?
I spy with my little “I”
Ubuntu last released with a code name that began with the letter “I” about 13 years ago when Ubuntu 8.10 “Fearless Ibex” took over. One of his most important accomplishments was “extensive Internet access” and the ability to connect to the Internet from a desktop or laptop, “wherever you are.”
The Fall 2021 offer is Ampish Andrei, a naughty lemur without a forced allotment. The biggest piece of mischief caused by the inside is to use GNOME 40. GNOME 40 changes the layout and workflow of some basic elements of the desktop experience. But Ubuntu won’t be Ubuntu unless it does things a little differently.
Canonical has chosen to modify GNOME 40 to make migration less efficient than other Linux distributions. The underwater GNOME 40 experiment gives rise to some intriguing combinations of desktop components. Canonical hopes that this will not affect the ranks of Ubuntu loyalists and they prefer the hybrid desktop used in 21.10.
21.10 is a provisional release. He will receive support and patches until the end of his life in July 2022. The next Ubuntu Long Term Support Release (LTS) is just around the corner, scheduled for April 2022. You look forward to the next LTS version, or if you’ll benefit from the upgrade, here’s what’s new in Ubuntu 21.10.
Note: Ubuntu 21.10 Daily was pre-released to research this article. There should be no significant difference between the October Daily Bloods and the final release – unless something is found to be abusive and pulled at the last minute.
Google’s Cross Platform Development Toolkit has a new installer written in the filter. The installer has a crisp modern look.
He seems to have taken some of his visual cues from the Canonical website. It seems to be part of the Ubuntu and Canonical family, which is a neat trick. One difference is the theme selection page.
This allows you to choose a lighter or darker theme. Combined with the standard Ubuntu theme, the light theme also had a dark window title bar. This version of Yaro has been removed. Light Theme – The new default is called “Yaro” and the dark theme is called “Yaro Dark”. There is no separate “Yaro Lite” theme.
Interestingly, even after the light theme was chosen, in our pre-release build, there was still an allegedly expired dark title bar in the terminal window.
In use, the new installer behaves like the old installer, until you reach the file copy and installation stage. Previously, you saw highlights about the build you were installing. It gives you something to look at when the installation is finished. On this pre-release build, you will see the wheel icon and nothing else. for a long time. It was difficult for us to tell if the installation had crashed. Maybe it will get better by the time of launch.
When the installation is complete, you can boot into Ubuntu or shut down your system. Presumably, the Lucid Linux 10.04 desktop image will be replaced by the Ampish Indre Shubankar display.
On other Linux distributions that use GNOME 40, log in where you view activity. Canonical has replaced GNOME 40 so that when you log in, you can see your normal desktop, just like the previous version of Ubuntu.
Clicking on the “Activities” entry in the GNOME panel, pressing the Super key, or pressing the arrow above Super + Alt + opens the Activity view. It shows your open applications that are configured in your workspace.
Using the scroll wheel or “PgUp” and “PgDn” keys on your mouse slides your workspaces horizontally so that you can see what you want to see.
Thumbnails of your workspaces are displayed at the top of the activity view. They are interactive. You can click on an application in the thumbnail and drag it to a different workspace.
Clicking on an application closes the activity view and makes the application an existing, focused, application. You can also close the activity view using the Esc or Super + Alt + Down Arrow keys. Placing the Ubuntu Dock as a vertical dock on the left side of the screen isn’t much fun with GNOME 40’s new horizontal workflow.
Clicking on the “Show applications” icon at the bottom of the dock opens the application view.
In GNOME 40, it also moves horizontally, so hunting desktop real estate from the left side of the desktop doesn’t make much sense. Placing the dock at the bottom of the screen – the default position in Vanilla GNOME 40 is low interference.
There is a new separator between docking and running applications and a permanent dustbin icon.
Laptop users get some new touchpad gestures, such as dragging three fingers up or down to open or close the activity scene.
Nautilus, the file browser, is given the ability to handle password-protected zip files, and tab completion takes place in the Nautilus address bar.
Related: What’s new in GNOME 40?
Upgraded software packages.
Of course there are a lot of the latest software. Here are the versions of some key packages:
- Firefox: 92.
- Thunderbird: 91.12.
- LibreOffice: 184.108.40.206.
- Notels (files): 40.2.
- GCC: 11.2.0.
- OpenSL: 1.1.1l
Dana 5.13 was a major release, one of five.X. The series works with more than 16,000 codes from over 2,000 programmers so far. All of this effort translates into new features, updated drivers, and improved hardware support. Some highlights include:
- Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Tablet Slim Keyboard
- Apple’s Magic Mouse 2.
- Apple’s M1 processor.
- Amazon’s Luna game controller.
- AMD Radeon’s Aldebaran GPUs.
- FreeSync HDMI support for AMD GPUs.
- Hardware monitoring for NZXT Kraken Liquid Cooler
- Support for compressing the XFS file system
What should be upgraded?
If you’re wondering if you should take Ubuntu for a ride, this is as good a jumping release as it is.
If you are a current user and any of Dana’s hardware support or security features are going to have a positive effect on your particular usage, go ahead and update. If you do not have a problem that can be solved by upgrading, it is difficult to justify the upgrade effort and risk. Certainly, there is nothing to force LTS enthusiasts to leave this safe haven and move to 21.10.
For non-LTS devotees, of course, there is something to be said for upgrading and getting the latest software and the little behind-the-scenes fixes and tweaks that each new release brings.
But the last interim construction before the LTS build always finds itself in a tough spot. Convincing people to upgrade now instead of waiting for the next construction with the attractive possibility of long-term support will have to offer something special to the interim construction. And while it does come with a lot of good touches, Ubuntu 21.10 isn’t quite convincing.
If you are still interested, feel free to download Ampish Adri from the release page and install it on any desktop PC or laptop.
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