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Ubuntu 21.04 Beta Is Now Available for Download

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Ubuntu 21.04 Beta is here to give us an early taste of the new features and improvements Canonical planned for the next major release of the popular Linux distro. These include the latest Linux 5.11 kernel series, Wayland by default on most configurations, PipeWire support, and nftables as default backend for the firewall.

While it sticks to the GNOME 3.38 desktop environment series, Ubuntu 21.04 comes with many updated apps from the latest GNOME 40 stack. In addition, it now features support for smartcard authentication, improved AD (Active Directory) integration, and the ability to change the power profile from settings.

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Ubuntu 21.04 Beta Released

  • Ubuntu 21.04 Beta Released For This Linux 5.11 Powered Update With Wayland By Default

    The beta of Ubuntu as well as its various flavors/derivatives is out ahead of the official "Hirsute Hippo" launch later this month.

    Ubuntu 21.04 is to be powered by the Linux 5.11 stable kernel, is sticking to the GNOME 3.38 desktop as its default environment, Mesa 21.0 is in place providing the newest open-source graphics drivers, GCC 10 is the default code compiler, LTO is being enabled, standalone XWayland is available, better Wayland support to the point that Wayland is now enabled by default for Ubuntu with its default desktop, and a slew of other updated packages like LibreOffice 7.1 and much more.

  • Download Now: Ubuntu 21.04 Beta Released, This is What’s New

    Developers and non-developers alike can download the Ubuntu 21.04 beta release to help test out the many changes that make up the “Hirsute Hippo”.

    This is the only beta release planned, and anyone who installs the distro using this image can upgrade to the final Ubuntu 21.04 release once it arrives later this month. How? By installing all updates as they arrive. Simple!

    And in case anyone missed the memo: the final stable release of Ubuntu 21.04 is due on April 22, 2021.

Ubuntu 21.04 Beta Released For This Linux 5.11 Powered Update...

  • Ubuntu 21.04 Beta Released For This Linux 5.11 Powered Update With Wayland By Default

    The beta of Ubuntu as well as its various flavors/derivatives is out ahead of the official "Hirsute Hippo" launch later this month.

    Ubuntu 21.04 is to be powered by the Linux 5.11 stable kernel, is sticking to the GNOME 3.38 desktop as its default environment, Mesa 21.0 is in place providing the newest open-source graphics drivers, GCC 10 is the default code compiler, LTO is being enabled, standalone XWayland is available, better Wayland support to the point that Wayland is now enabled by default for Ubuntu with its default desktop, and a slew of other updated packages like LibreOffice 7.1 and much more.

Lubuntu 21.04 (Hirsute Hippo) BETA testing

  • Lubuntu 21.04 (Hirsute Hippo) BETA testing

    We are pleased to announce that the beta images for Lubuntu 21.04 have been released!

    While we have reached the bugfix-only stage of our development cycle, these images are not meant to be used in a production system. We highly recommend joining our development group or our forum to let us know about any issues.

Ubuntu 21.04 (Hirsute Hippo) Final Beta released

  • Ubuntu 21.04 (Hirsute Hippo) Final Beta released

    The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the Beta release of the Ubuntu 21.04 Desktop, Server, and Cloud products.

    21.04, codenamed “Hirsute Hippo”, continues Ubuntu’s proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs.

    This Beta release includes images from not only the Ubuntu Desktop, Server, and Cloud products, but also the Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, UbuntuKylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio, and Xubuntu flavours.

    The Beta images are known to be reasonably free of showstopper image build or installer bugs, while representing a very recent snapshot of 21.04 that should be representative of the features intended to ship with the final release expected on April 22nd, 2021.

Canonical releases Ubuntu 21.04 Hirsute Hippo beta

  • Canonical releases Ubuntu 21.04 Hirsute Hippo beta

    Canonical has announced the availability of Ubuntu 21.04 Hirsute Hippo beta for Desktop, Server, and Cloud. There are also downloadable beta images of alternative Ubuntu flavours including Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, UbuntuKylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio, and Xubuntu.

    The main Ubuntu 21.04 for Desktop is quite a good release this time around; it includes the newer 5.11 Linux kernel so more hardware will be supported and Canonical has switched to Wayland sessions by default away from X.org. Unlike Fedora 34, Canonical has decided to stick with GNOME 3.38 so that it can adapt its desktop extensions to work properly with GNOME 40.

Kubuntu Hirsute Hippo (21.04) Beta released

  • Kubuntu Hirsute Hippo (21.04) Beta released

    The beta of Hirsute Hippo (to become 21.04 in April) has now been released, and is available for download.

    This milestone features images for Kubuntu and other Ubuntu flavours.

    [...]

    The Beta includes some software updates that are ready for broader testing. However, it is an early set of images, so you should expect some bugs.

    We STRONGLY advise testers to read the Kubuntu 21.04 Beta release notes before installing, and in particular the section on ‘Known issues‘.

    Kubuntu is taking part in #UbuntuTestingWeek from 1st to 7th of April, details of which can be found in our Kubuntu 21.04 Testing Week blog post, and in general for all flavours on the Ubuntu Discord announcement.

  • Ubuntu Linux 21.04 'Hirsute Hippo' Beta available for download

    Today is April 1, also known as "April Fool's Day," which is a holiday for pranks and jokes. On this day, it can be hard to know what news stories are real and which are fake. Some find April Fool's Day to be fun, while others see it as annoying.

    Well, folks, I am happy to say that today, Ubuntu Linux 21.04 achieves final Beta status. And no, that isn't a joke -- it is the real deal! Code-named "Hirsute Hippo," the Beta can be had with your choice of several desktop environments, such as GNOME, KDE Plasma, and Xfce.

    'The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the Beta release of the Ubuntu
    21.04 Desktop, Server, and Cloud products.21.04, codenamed 'Hirsute Hippo,' continues Ubuntu's proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs," explains Łukasz Zemczak, Canonical.

What’s New in Ubuntu 21.04 – Download Beta Now!

  • What’s New in Ubuntu 21.04 – Download Beta Now!

    Finally, Ubuntu 21.04 Beta, which goes with the codename ‘Hirsute Hippo’, is out and available for the masses. It is the latest interim release after Ubuntu 20.10 (Groovy Gorilla), released on October 22, 2020.

    For users not familiar with the Ubuntu lifecycle and release cadence – Canonical (the company behind Ubuntu projects’ development) publishes new releases of Ubuntu regularly, enabling its users, the business community, and developers to plan for upgrades and access to more recent packages. Ubuntu version numbers are also based on the Year and Month (YY.MM) of release. For example, Ubuntu 20.10 was released in the year 2020 October (20.10). Ubuntu comes in two major releases...

Ubuntu Studio 21.04 Beta (Hirsute Hippo) Released

  • Ubuntu Studio 21.04 Beta (Hirsute Hippo) Released

    The Ubuntu Studio team is pleased to announce the beta release of Ubuntu Studio 21.04, codenamed Hirsute Hippo.

    While this beta is reasonably free of any showstopper DVD build or installer bugs, you may find some bugs within. This image is, however, reasonably representative of what you will find when Ubuntu Studio 20.10 is released on October 22, 2020.

Ubuntu 21.04 “Hirsute Hippo” Beta Released

  • Ubuntu 21.04 “Hirsute Hippo” Beta Released

    Ubuntu 21.04 final beta was officially released. Features images for the Ubuntu Desktop, Server, and Cloud products, and also the Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, UbuntuKylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio, and Xubuntu flavors.

    Ubuntu 21.04 code name “Hirsute Hippo”. As a non-LTS release, it has only 9-month support.

  • Enable Light Mode Menus (System Menu, Notifications) in Ubuntu 21.04

    Prefer the light mode appearance? Here’s how to change the system tray menu, date & time menu, notifications, and other top panel drop-down menus from dark to light in Ubuntu 21.04.

    Different to previous Ubuntu releases, Ubuntu 21.04 now has top-panel menus in dark mode. It’s good for those prefer the dark themes. However, light mode fans need to change the Gnome Shell theme to get better experience.

Ubuntu 21.04 Beta is Now Available to Download

Ubuntu 21.04 Beta Run Through

  • Ubuntu 21.04 Beta Run Through

    In this video, we are looking at Ubuntu 21.04 Beta.

  • Ubuntu 21.04 Beta

    Today we are looking at Ubuntu 21.04 Beta. It comes with Linux Kernel 5.11, Gnome 3.38.5, and uses about 1.3GB of ram when idling. Enjoy!

Xubuntu 21.04 Beta Run Through

  • Xubuntu 21.04 Beta Run Through

    In this video, we are looking at Xubuntu 21.04 Beta.

  • Xubuntu 21.04 Beta

    Today we are looking at Xubuntu 21.04 Beta. It comes with Linux Kernel 5.11, XFCE 4.16, and uses about 1.3GB of ram when idling. Enjoy!

Kubuntu 21.04 Beta Run Through

Lubuntu 21.04 Beta Run Through

  • Lubuntu 21.04 Beta Run Through

    In this video, we are looking at Lubuntu 21.04 Beta.

  • Lubuntu 21.04 Beta

    Today we are looking at Lubuntu 21.04 Beta. It comes with Linux Kernel 5.11, LXQt 0.16, and uses about 500-600MB of ram when idling. Enjoy!

Ubuntu MATE 21.04 Beta

Ubuntu Kylin 21.04 Beta Run Through

Ubuntu Budgie 21.04 Beta Run Through

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