Ubuntu 19.04 will be called Disco Dingo. Since nothing is known about the capabilities of Ubuntu 19.04 yet, let’s talk about this strange codename.
Ubuntu 19.04 Codename
You probably already know that every Ubuntu release is encoded with two words starting with the same letter. These letters are arranged in alphabetical order. So, after Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver, we had Ubuntu 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish.
The first word is usually an adjective, and the second word (usually the name of an endangered species) is a noun.
Disco is more of a noun than an adjective, but apparently there are cases where it can be used as an adjective.
Dingoes are a type of dog native to Australia. It’s not an endangered species, but at least it’s a real animal. If you were looking for a fancy name with fictional animals, Disco Dragon would be a lot more fun in its own way.
Ubuntu 19.04 Release Date
Ubuntu 19.04 will be released on April 18, 2019. Here is the official release schedule for Ubuntu 19.04 Disco Dingo:
- Feature Freeze: February 21, 2019
- Freezing UI changes: March 14, 2019
- Core Freeze: April 1, 2019
- Beta release date: March 28, 2019
- Final release Date: April 18, 2019
Like all non-LTS releases, Ubuntu 19.04 will follow a 26-week schedule and will be released on April 18, 2019.
Have you ever noticed that the new version of Ubuntu is released only on Thursdays?
What new features will appear in Ubuntu 19.04?
Since Ubuntu 19.04 is in the early stages of development, there are not many confirmed changes. I will update this section as I get more news about the features of Ubuntu 19.04.
For now, take a look at the confirmed, suggested, and expected features of Ubuntu 19.04 Disco Dingo.
Ubuntu 19.04 Disco Dingo Desktop Wallpaper
Digital ArtistSylvia Ritter created this mesmerizing Disco Dingo wallpaper. You can download this wallpaper from her DeviantArt page.
The default Yaru theme supports more apps
One of the main features of Ubuntu 18.10 was a shiny new default theme called Yaru. However, the theme does not support icons for a number of third-party apps. The usual icons of these apps didn’t blend in with the rest of the theme.
Thankfully, Yaru is now expanded and supports more third-party apps. As you can see in the image below, everything looks much more beautiful now:
Yaru icon theme in Ubuntu 19.04. Image source
GNOME 3.32 [expected]
GNOME 3.32 will be released on March 19. My guess is that Ubuntu 19.04 will ship with GNOME 3.32 and all the visual changes and features it provides.
One of the visual changes you’ll notice is the new GNOME 3.32 login screen. Expect the same login / lock screen in Ubuntu 19.04.
Suggested lock screen in GNOME 3.32
In GNOME 3.32, other visual changes are also built in. For example, there will no longer be an app menu.
You can read about other changes in GNOME 3.32 here.
Android integration [expected]
You’ve probably heard of KDEConnect. This is an application that allows you to control your Android device from your desktop. With KDEConnect, you can receive phone notifications on your desktop computer and respond to messages. Control your desktop volume and music from your phone. Share files and links between your phone and desktop.
It was developed by the KDE team and integrates well with the KDE desktop.
Ubuntu 19.04 will have similar functionality with GSConnect. You can achieve this today in Ubuntu 18.04 and 18.10, but you need to put extra effort into it. 19.04 should have this feature by default.
You can expect better power management, better boot times with the new compression algorithms, and the Linux 5.0 kernel among other things.
I will update this article when I learn about other new features of Ubuntu 19.04. If you come across any useful information in this regard, please send me a message via this page.
Tell us, what new features would you like to see in the upcoming Ubuntu 19.04 Disco Dingo?