Noble Nombat released

Ubuntu 24.04, Noble Nombat, was released on 25 April 2024. I have listed some of the changes below.

  1. First and foremost there is a new installer. It is built in Flutter and underpinned by Subiquity and Curtin.
  2. Wayland is still the default display server but Xorg is still installed. You can still select Xorg from the login screen.
  3. It ships with Gnome 46.
  4. It ships with Linux kernel 6.8.
  5. You will now be able to activate hearing, typing, pointing & clicking, and zoom accessibility during the installation setup.
  6. By default the installation is set up only to install the minimalist collection of applications. You must choose the full install to get everything.
  7. When you copy files, the information and progress now appear in the lower left hand corner of the screen.
  8. There is a new Settings menu option. It contains the Region & Language, Date/Time, Users, Remote Desktop, Secure Shell, and About Settings.
  9. Privacy has been renamed Privacy & Security.
  10. The Software Center is now called the App Center and is SNAP oriented. Any application that you install will be a Snap application by default if one exists. You can however install deb applications if they are available or by using the terminal.
  11. There are a few other minor changes. I have downloaded it and installed it on one of my laptops and have had no issues with the new version. You can do the same. If you are merely wanting to upgrade from 22.04 or 23.10, that will be possible in the August time frame when the first point release is published. Attempting a forced an upgrade before then may result in problems with the operating system.

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