All you need to know about the latest version of Ubuntu
All you need to know about the latest version of Ubuntu
Ubuntu release 19.10 17 October 2019 contains many new features and improvements for the desktop.
In this post we consider the best, then you are in the new release, from the recent release of GNOME 3.34 to the latest release of the Linux kernel.
In short, in Ubuntu 19.10 has something to offer to those who want to upgrade their Ubuntu 19.04, though perhaps not enough to distract from the current version of LTS.
Ubuntu 19.10 Eoan Ermine will receive app updates, bug fixes and security updates for 9 months, and the recommended upgrade – Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, due out in April 2020.
Read on to learn everything you need to know about Ubuntu 19.10 “Eoan Ermine”, including where to download, how to updated to this version and much more.
Ubuntu 19.10 release date
Date of issue Ubuntu 19.10 on October 17, 2019. This date is stated in the official release schedule in Ubuntu wiki.
Other key dates during the development cycle Eoan Ermine was as follows:
- The end of the reception function updates: August 22, 2019.
- The end of the appointment updates to the core: September 26, 2019.
- The end of receiving all updates: 10 Oct 2019.
Released a beta version of Ubuntu 19.10:
- Beta version: September 26, 2019.
And the latest stable Ubuntu release 19.10 hit the download servers in mid-October:
- Final release: October 17, 2019.
This release is supported with updates for nine months, gives Ubuntu developers an opportunity to make significant changes ahead of the next release of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, which will be released next year.
Features Ubuntu 19.10
The Nvidia drivers in the ISO
One of the biggest changes in Ubuntu is 19.10 the decision to include the NVIDIA drivers in the installation ISO image.
It may not change the world, but users with NVIDIA hardware will be easier to install proprietary drivers (closed source) for their graphics card along with the rest of the system.
It helps to increase productivity and reduce the task list after installation. If you are a gamer and care about gaming performance, for you this is a big deal.
Support for the ZFS filesystem
Fans of the file system will be pleased to know that this version of Ubuntu includes support OS installation in the ZFS file system.
Although this file system (and its installation option) is still considered experimental at the moment (read: it may eat your data), Ubuntu is the first major desktop Linux distribution that offers built-in support ZFS out of the box.
Download speed – even faster
Good news for the impatient: start the download speed in Ubuntu 19.10 above thanks to some elegant technology of decompression on the backend. Bad news: Ubuntu already loaded incredibly quickly, and this means that most of us will not be able to assess improvements made in milliseconds!
Those of you who work on Intel hardware, should benefit from long-promised download flicker-free. This change, which is already the highlight of Fedora, gracefully translates the OS with splash screen on the login screen in the system without delay.
Changes to support 32-bit applications.
You’ve probably already heard that in Ubuntu 19.10 there are changes to support 32-bit applications. The original plan was to completely abandon 32-bit support. This led to a protest (for example, Valve stated that Steam will no longer support Ubuntu).
Fortunately, this idea was rethought and Valve back.
The Ubuntu developers say they are “committed” to ensure that the distribution worked 32-bit user space for legacy applications and software, including Steam and WINE. Theoretically, if you regularly use a 32-bit application in a 64-bit system, you will notice a big difference.
However, the full 32-bit archive is no longer supported.
The best of GNOME 3.34
All the basic functions present in GNOME 3.34 19.10.
For example, you can now create folders of apps on the Apps screen, simply by dragging app shortcuts on top of each other. You can name the folder apps that you create, as you like (they appear in alphabetical order). If multiple applications in the same folder belong to the same category (for example, “sound and video”, “Internet”), then GNOME Shell will call it for you accordingly.
The Settings app contains some reworked panels, including a new interface for Wallpaper selection, which greatly simplifies the setup backgrounds for your desktop and Ubuntu lock screen:
Other improvements in the “Settings” include a special section “Night light”, more informative status of the Wi-Fi connection, and for those who love the search function in GNOME Shell, the ability to reorder the search sources via Settings> Search.
GNOME 3.34 also “dramatically improves” the performance of desktop with a number of clever patches and bug fixes, providing:
- A higher frequency and smooth frame rate
- Lower latency output for the graphics drivers in Xorg
- Lower input lag, scrolling touchpad, and keyboard
- The reduce CPU usage
And Yes: this time you can really feel the improvement!
Visibility USB icon on Ubuntu panel Dock
Every time you connect a USB drive or add a remote connection, you can access it directly from the Ubuntu Dock.
Small icon for “USB” is displayed for external storage and the same, the phone icon appears phones with pluggable storage, and the network drive icon for remote connections.
Then right-click on any drive icon to eject / mount / unmount it.
Changes in the themes and Wallpaper
In this release, Ubuntu 19.10 looks a little brighter: the UI elements of GNOME shell to switch from light text on dark background to dark text on a light background.
Two new GTK themes are included in addition to the “mixed” theme yaru GTK:
Yaru light is fully light theme (light menu, light backgrounds, light strips headers, etc.), while Yaru dark is completely dark theme (dark menus, dark backgrounds, dark lines of the headers).
As always, there are lots of new backgrounds, including the winners of Wallpaper and new Wallpaper 19.10 Ubuntu by default!
A new Linux kernel 5.3 and a set of programs to compile
5.3 the Linux kernel is the heart of the Eoan Ermine. In addition to the usual increased productivity, is your kernel also has the following features:
· Initial support AMDGPU Navi, including the Radeon RX 5700
· 16 million new IPv4 addresses
· Support Intel display HDR for Icelake, Geminilake
· Support for compute shaders in the driver Broadcom V3D
· Improved support for NVIDIA Jetson Nano
· Keyboard support MacBook and MacBook Pro
· Support for x86 processors Zhaoxin
· Own SWAP file in F2FS
· EXT4 to Improve speed for the search case-insensitive
The Toolkit Ubuntu updated and now includes the original releases:
- glibc 2.30
- OpenJDK 11
- GC 9.2
- 3.7.5 Python (the Python interpreter 3.8.0)
- Ruby 2.5.5
- PHP 7.3.8
- Perl 5.28.1
- golang 1.12.10
Major software updates
19.10 Ubuntu comes with the latest stable versions of several basic applications and utilities, including:
- LibreOffice 6.3
- Firefox 69
- Thunderbird 68
- GNOME Terminal 3.34
- 2.9.4 Transmission
- GNOME Calendar 3.34
- Remmina 1.3.4
- Gedit 3.34
Software default app store Ubuntu was not updated. It is still based on GNOME software 3.30, which is already 2 years old!
Package web Chromium browser now available as app Snap, and if you update Ubuntu 19.04 installed Chromium, it will be replaced with the version Snap.
What is not included?
The Ubuntu developers have really decided to throw a TLP (which can increase the battery life in Linux) in the main mode in this development cycle to take advantage of a variety of catering options offered by the utility. Alas, this did not happen.
Were postponed plans to improve the keyboard shortcuts in GNOME Shell and changes in the common user interface.
New light theme GTK Yaru mentioned above? She was supposed to be a default theme! Fortunately, the decision was reversed after feedback from interested users.
Support fractional scaling in Ubuntu, again, considered too experimental to be easily accessible. However, it comes as a hidden option.
Finally, Eoan default will not support GSConnect despite the fact that Windows 10 uses the same function.
Download Ubuntu 19.10 now
You can download Ubuntu 19.10 directly from the Ubuntu website, selecting the appropriate version from the download page.
Download Ubuntu 19.10
If you want to boot Ubuntu 19.10 directly, you can do it too. It is available in both desktop and server builds, although the link below refers only to the desktop version:
Download Ubuntu 19.10 (64-bit.iso)
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