Impish Indri Released

Ubuntu 21.10 was released yesterday, 14 October. It is a standard release and as such is only supported for 9 months. It uses Gnome 40 as the default desktop environment. So what is new? It introduces the horizontal workspace switcher to replace that irksome vertical one. It has a revamped application launcher and it adds multi-touch gestures to make it easier to enter/exit workspace switcher but they are only available in a Wayland session by default.

The Dock is still on the left side of the screen but now there is a separator between pinned shortcuts and running but not pinned apps. The trash can and any USB drives are on the Dock instead of the Desktop.

The Yaru light theme is now default. Apparently missing is the Standard theme. The dark theme can be enabled in settings.

Zstd compression is enabled for the main archive.

Wayland can now be used on systems with proprietary NVIDA graphics drivers.

It includes LibreOffice 7.2, Thunderbird 91, and the latest version of FireFox as well as several Gnome 41 apps and ships with the Linux 5.13 kernel.

It can be downloaded from https://ubuntu.com/#download. There are also links too the various Ubuntu “flavors” at that site on the lower right side of the page. Happy Ubuntu-ing.

Ubuntu 21.04 Hirsute Hippo Released

Ubuntu 21.04 was released on 22 April 2021 with a load of new features. Wayland is now default. Your home folder is now private by default. There is a recovery key for encrypted installs and it comes with the Linux 5.11 kernel and Python 3.9. You can download it https://ubuntu.com/#download. There are also links to the Ubuntu flavors on that page. Remember that Hirsute Hippo is only supported for 9 months (January 2021) so if you are looking for a LTS release either stick with 20.04 or wait for the release of Ubuntu 22.04 (April 2022). By the way the release date for the next Ubuntu version (Ubuntu 21.10, Impish Indri) is 14 October 2021.

Ventoy

I was introduced to a multi-boot device back on 10 January 2015 by a post made on this website by gauchocollie. It was MultiSystem http://liveusb.info/dotclear/. I have used it since then on several USB flash drives at our installfests in Tempe and Sierra Vista. An AZLOCO and CLUG member and I were talking recently and he asked me if I had tried Ventoy https://www.ventoy.net/en/index.html. I tried it and it is easier to use and update than MultiSys. The features are listed on their website.

Just download the latest version, extract it, open a terminal, and follow the instructions on the document page. It is free and open source software and will work on Linux and Microsoft. Plus 90% of the distros on DistroWatch are supported. That is over 580 ISOs. If you are tired of carrying around multiple flash drives try this. You may find it useful.