After finishing work on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, the developers turned their attention to the future Ubuntu 20.10, which should be released on October 22, 2020.
According to general observations, it is May; the development of the release (by the way, codenamed “Groovy Gorilla”) is still at an early stage. But we already know a few things, such as the release date, estimated support time, and some new features that the developers are going to add.
So keep reading to find out everything you need to know about the features, changes, and improvements of Ubuntu 20.10. And since this post is regularly updated throughout the development process, feel free to bookmark it to keep up to date with progress over the next six months!
Ubuntu 20.10 “Groovy Gorilla”
The codename of Ubuntu 20.10 is “Groovy Gorilla”. While this alliterative combination doesn’t give us as much scope as the previous codenames, it’s glorious enough to lead to some great illustrations in support of the release.
As for support, Ubuntu 20.10 is a short-term release (STR). And that means it will be supported for 9 months with constant major bug fixes, security fixes, and new app releases… and then nothing.
While this support window may seem too short, it is quite consistent with Ubuntu’s tradition of releasing LTS every two years with intermediate STRs.
Overall, Ubuntu 20.10 will be the twenty-third version of this Linux-based operating system.
Ubuntu release date 20.10
Ubuntu 20.10 release date is October 22, 2020.
This date, along with the dates for other development milestones planned for the next six months, is listed on Launchpad aka Ubuntu development house.
Other important stages in the Groovy Gorilla development cycle include:
- Testing Week: July 3, 2020
- End of receiving UI updates: September 17, 2020
- Ubuntu 20.10 Beta Release: October 1, 2020
- End of receiving kernel updates: October 8, 2020
- Release Candidate: October 15, 2020
Features of Ubuntu 20.10
What new features will Ubuntu 20.10 offer?
At the time you read this post, everything below will either definitely get into a fresh release, or it has a very good chance of doing so.
Like GNOME 3.38, which is due out in September. This release will be at the core of Ubuntu 20.10 and will contain a fresh batch of UI and UX tweaks and further performance improvements.
Other notable improvements in GNOME 3.38 will include tweaks to the new lock screen (but don’t get your hopes up for the pin unlock feature) and the removal of the (totally useless, between us girls) Frequent Apps section from the app grid.
GNOME developers also plan to work with the distance between app icons in the app grid to optimize the use of available space depending on the size of the user’s screen.
Full-featured fingerprint registration is something that is already slowly starting to happen now and some traces of it can be found in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, so expect to see and hear more news about this development until October.
At the moment, Ubuntu 20.10 is in development with the Linux Kernel 5.6, but most likely a newer Linux kernel will be offered closer to the release date, practice shows that this is worth waiting for. It’s hard to predict which one, but if the kernel releases stick to the schedule, we can make it to version 5.8.
Also for Groovy, they promise to solve the problem of “blurred desktop background” (again), as they plan to update the “Software Properties” dialog box in accordance with the layouts created by the Canonical development team.
Support for OEM kernels (i.e. devices sold with Ubuntu) is also on the horizon. It will include a way to update OEM packages online and a “way to mark that you are on a certified device” feature.
If you often run processes from the command line that take some time, you will most likely be interested to hear that developers are considering turning on “process completion” notifications by default. This is what many other Linux distributions, including Elementary OS, already provide.
Some things that I hope will be improved (but probably won’t be)
There are a few small-in-essence bugs that I would like Ubuntu to finally fix.
For example, lower-level Ubuntu-based distributions such as Pop! _OS, offer a built-in recovery feature. This makes it easier to roll back the system without having to download .iso files and all that stuff. In 2020, it’s strange that Ubuntu, also a widely used Linux desktop operating system, doesn’t offer something as basic.
Also, I can’t be the only one who finds the” new ” version of Snap Center Software Center completely useless when searching for apps, right? Every time I search for apps, the output of unrelated Snap apps makes me frustrated. This is not what I’m really looking for! 😆
Finally, the desktop icons.
This is a GNOME extension … bad. It lacks the basic, essential features that one would expect. I mean, if Ubuntu didn’t include it, well, let’s just say no one would have lost. I mean, why should I promise the behavior I’m looking forward to when it’s not there? It’s disappointing.
I also find it extremely frustrating that the desktop icons instantly disappear from view when the “Apps” or “Actions” screens are launched. A smooth fade would be much more appropriate. And now I think every time that this is some kind of glitch or glitch, which, given all the other shortcomings, I constantly expect.
Notes in the margins: I could probably come up with a whole article of small complaints, but that’s enough for today!
Download Ubuntu 20.10
Ahead of the official, nominal, and final stable release, you can download the daily builds of Ubuntu 20.10. These builds should not be considered reliable or used as a single OS, but they do offer a way to register and help test our upcoming release before it arrives in October.
And what do you expect from the upcoming release, username, share your wet dreams in the comments below.