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Today, Canonical released Ubuntu 21.04 with native Microsoft Active Directory integration, Wayland graphics by default, and a Flutter application development SDK. Separately, Canonical and Microsoft announced performance optimization and joint support for Microsoft SQL Server on Ubuntu.

“Native Active Directory integration and certified Microsoft SQL Server on Ubuntu are top priorities for our enterprise customers.” said Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical. “For developers and innovators, Ubuntu 21.04 delivers Wayland and Flutter for smoother graphics and clean, beautiful, design-led cross-platform development.”

Ubuntu has established itself as the enterprise engineering platform of choice, from the desktop to public cloud and microservices, with a wide range of corporate adopters in the finance, automotive, tech and government sectors.

“Canonical’s desktop solutions are cost-effective, easy to manage at scale, and simple to integrate with enterprise systems. For our 100,000 police officers, Ubuntu is user-friendly, reliable, and delivers the requisite privacy and security without additional third-party solutions. Ubuntu is our operating system of choice” said Lt-Colonel Stéphane Dumond, French Gendarmerie Nationale.

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Also: Ubuntu 21.04 is here, but don't get too excited

Canonical debuts new Ubuntu with Active Directory integration, support for SQL Server and Flutter

They make it all about Microsoft

  • Canonical Launches Ubuntu 21.04 'Hirsute Hippo'

    Canonical released Ubuntu 21.04 with native Microsoft Active Directory integration, Wayland graphics by default, and a Flutter application development SDK. Separately, Canonical and Microsoft have announced performance optimization and joint support for Microsoft SQL Server on Ubuntu.

  • Ubuntu 21.04 released

    The Ubuntu 21.04 distribution release is available. "Today, Canonical released Ubuntu 21.04 with native Microsoft Active Directory integration, Wayland graphics by default, and a Flutter application development SDK. Separately, Canonical and Microsoft announced performance optimization and joint support for Microsoft SQL Server on Ubuntu."

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  • Ubuntu 21.04 'Hirsute Hippo' is here to make you hungry hungry for Linux

    Do hippopotamuses really like eating balls? In real life, no. In the classic game Hungry Hungry Hippos, however, the creatures love gobbling them up. And that is why it's apropos that Ubuntu 21.04 is named "Hirsute Hippo." Much like the hippos devouring spheres in the aforementioned game, the Ubuntu developers at Canonical are trying to eat up Linux users and gain market share.

    Today, Ubuntu 21.04 "Hirsute Hippo" is finally made available. This follows a previous beta testing phase. It is a very significant version of the operating system, as it now uses Wayland by default. Canonical promises that it won't just be an improvement graphically, but for security purposes too. Sadly, with the good comes the bad. You see, Ubuntu 21.04 does not come with GNOME 40 -- the latest and greatest version of that desktop environment. At least we get a refreshed "Yaru" dark theme, though.

  • Hurrah! Ubuntu 21.04 is Now Available to Download

    It is time to make way for Ubuntu’s latest stable release 21.04 Hiruste Hippo.

    While we already know a great deal about the features introduced with Ubuntu 21.04, it has been officially announced.

    Yes, there’s no GNOME 40, which is a bummer. But, here, let me briefly mention the key highlights of the release and how to get the latest ISO.

  • Ubuntu 21.04 is out now with Wayland by default and a new dark theme

    Continuing the gradual improvements towards the next LTS (Long Term Support) release, Ubuntu 21.04 is officially out now to bring some of the latest enhancements to the popular Linux distribution.

    Between each LTS release, Canonical puts out one of these production-ready interim releases every six months with all the latest work. The current LTS is Ubuntu 20.04 supported until April 2025 with the next being Ubuntu 22.04 due April 2022. With the Ubuntu 21.04 release today it will provide at least 9 months of updates.

  • Ubuntu 21.04: Yes, there ARE new features - Review + variants

    Ubuntu 21.04 is here! It's definitely not the most feature packed release of the last 2 or 3 years, and there are some disappointing omissions, but there are still a few things to talk about, so let's get into it.

  • Ubuntu 21.04 Released With Wayland By Default, New Dark Theme

    Ubuntu 21.04 "Hirsute Hippo" is now available.

    The most notable change with the Ubuntu 21.04 desktop is now defaulting to the GNOME Shell Wayland session for supported GPU/driver configurations rather than the X.Org session. The X.Org session remains available for those that want to switch back to it or for unsupported configurations and other desktops, but finally the time has come where Ubuntu developers are comfortable enough with the support/features/performance/reliability to use it by default.

  • Ubuntu 21.10 Codename is Revealed — And it’s an Intriguing Choice

    Today is release day for Ubuntu 21.04 but y’know what? That’s old news already as the codename for Ubuntu 21.10 has been revealed!

    Ubuntu developers clearly aren’t interested in sitting idle and are prepping the foundations for what will become the next stable release. On Launchpad, home of Ubuntu development, the codename for Ubuntu 21.10 is listed as ‘Impish Idri’.

    But what does this codename tell us?

Ubuntu 21.04 Is Now Available To Download

  • Ubuntu 21.04 Is Now Available To Download

    Good news for the Ubuntu lovers as Ubuntu 21.04 is now available to download from the Ubuntu website. You can download it from the link below.

    Ubuntu 21.04 “Hirsute Hippo” is a short-term release that comes with Linux 5.11 kernel, the latest GNOME 3.38 point release,and many more other features like upgraded integration with Microsoft’s Active Directory.

Ubuntu MATE: Ubuntu MATE 21.04 Release Notes

  • Ubuntu MATE: Ubuntu MATE 21.04 Release Notes

    Ubuntu MATE 21.04 is here and it has a new look thanks to the collaboration with the Yaru team. This release marks the start of a new visual direction for Ubuntu MATE, while retaining the features you’ve come to love Read on to learn what we’ve been working on over the last 6 months and get some insight to what we’ll be working on next.

Download Now: Ubuntu 21.04 Released, Available to Download

  • Download Now: Ubuntu 21.04 Released, Available to Download

    Ubuntu 21.04 has been released, and is available to download from the Ubuntu website.

    This version of Ubuntu — the 34th release since 2006, fact fans — is a short-term release that comes with 9 months of security updates, critical fixes, and select software updates.

    Users can download and install Ubuntu 21.04 directly, or upgrade to Ubuntu 21.04 from 20.10. Users of this release will be able to upgrade to Ubuntu 21.10 later this year.

Ubuntu 21.04 Flavours Released, This is What's New

  • Ubuntu 21.04 Flavours Released, This is What’s New

    The Ubuntu 21.04 release is out, and so are new versions of Ubuntu’s family of official flavours.

    To bring you (and me) up-to-speed on what’s improved in each flavour with zero waffle I’m going to do it in a mere 2 paragraphs a piece!

    Don’t worry, there are screenshots and the relevant download link you will need should you want to try a particular flavour out first hand, for yourself.

    Like Ubuntu proper all of the flavours in this list get 9 months of core app updates, security fixes, and bug patches. They all feature the same graphics drivers, the same Linux 5.11 kernel, and have access to the same rich set of software.

    But what don’t they have in common? Let’s see…

Article by Bobby Borisov

  • Ubuntu 21.04 “Hirsute Hippo” Released, Here Is What’s New

    Ubuntu 21.04 “Hirsute Hippo” is officially out now. The latest version has a new default display server, native support for Microsoft Active Directory domains, and updated theme.

    Ubuntu 21.04 is a regular short term release that will be supported for nine months. It will only receive updates until January 2022. Ubuntu usually uses regular releases to introduce new developments that it hopes to stabilize by the time the next long term release (LTS) rolls around.

    Above all, Ubuntu 21.04 biggest change is a change from Xorg display server to Wayland. The developers at Canonical say this will bring smoother graphics, better support for fractional scaling on displays with high pixel density, and improved security. Although Wayland is set to default, be cautious that things might breaks, especially if you have Nvidia hardware. Ubuntu tried using Wayland by default back with Ubuntu 17.10, before reverting to Xorg for subsequent releases.

    By switching to Wayland now, Canonical can work out any issues by the time of the next long-term support Ubuntu release.

Ubuntu 21.04 (Hirsute Hippo) released

  • Ubuntu 21.04 (Hirsute Hippo) released

    Ubuntu 21.04, codenamed “Hirsute Hippo”, is here. This release 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, partnering with the community and our partners, to introduce new features and fix bugs.

    Ubuntu Desktop 21.04 uses Wayland graphics by default, strengthening security while enhancing performance. 21.04 comes with improved AD (Active Directory) integration where user authentication, with Group Policy enabled, works out of the box to allow administrators to manage Ubuntu workstations and simplify developer compliance with company policies. Ubuntu 21.04 also adds the ability to configure system settings from an Active Directory domain controller. Using a Group Policy Client, system administrators can specify security policies on all connected clients, such as password policies and user access control, and Desktop environment settings, such as login screen, background and favourite apps.

    Ubuntu Server 21.04 integrates recent innovations from key open infrastructure projects like Openstack Wallaby, Rails 6, QEMU 5.2, libvirt 7.0, Kubernetes, and Ceph with advanced life-cycle management tools for multi-cloud and on-prem operations from bare metal, VMWare and Openstack, to every major public cloud.

    The Ubuntu Kernel has been updated to the 5.11 based Linux kernel, our default toolchain has moved to gcc 10.3.0 release with glibc 2.33, and we’ve also updated to openssl 1.1.1.

    The newest Ubuntu Budgie, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio, and Xubuntu are also being released today.

Lubuntu Blog: Lubuntu 21.04 (Hirsute Hippo) Released!

  • Lubuntu Blog: Lubuntu 21.04 (Hirsute Hippo) Released!

    Thanks to all the hard work from our contributors, Lubuntu 21.04 has been released. With the codename Hirsute Hippo, Lubuntu 21.04 is the 20th release of Lubuntu, the sixth release of Lubuntu with LXQt as the default desktop environment.

Ubuntu goes all-out for Wayland with Ubuntu 21.04

  • Ubuntu goes all-out for Wayland with Ubuntu 21.04

    Canonical released Ubuntu 21.04, featuring Wayland enabled by default plus a Flutter SDK and native Microsoft Active Directory integration. Meanwhile, Linux 5.12 will drop on Sunday.

    Unlike last October’s Ubuntu 20.10 LTS (“Groovy Gorilla”), the newly released Ubuntu 21.04 (“Hirsute Hippo”) is not an LTS release and it lacks major embedded news like 20.10’s full-featured Raspberry Pi 4 support. Yet, Ubuntu and its variants and derivatives continues to be the leading distribution on embedded products by a long shot. (Yocto Project and distros based on it are perhaps equally cited, but Yocto is not a distribution, but rather a collection of consistent layers, libraries, and tools.)

    We also thought it worth noting that Ubuntu’s long road to the Wayland display server is finally complete. The now fully mature Wayland graphics support is available by default.

Xubuntu 21.04 released!

  • Xubuntu 21.04 released!

    The Xubuntu team is happy to announce the immediate release of Xubuntu 21.04.

    Xubuntu 21.04, codenamed Hirsute Hippo, is a regular release and will be supported for 9 months, until January 2022. If you need a stable environment with longer support time we recommend that you use Xubuntu 20.04 LTS instead.

    The final release images are available as torrents and direct downloads from xubuntu.org/download/.

    As the main server might be busy in the first few days after the release, we recommend using the torrents if possible.

    Xubuntu Core, our minimal ISO edition, is available to download from unit193.net/xubuntu/core/ [torrent, magnet]. Find out more about Xubuntu Core here.

    We’d like to thank everybody who contributed to this release of Xubuntu!

  • Looking At Six Flavors Of Ubuntu 21.04 "Hirsute Hippo"

    In this video, I take a quick look at the recently released versions of Ubuntu 21.04 codenamed "Hirute Hippo." I will briefly look at the flagship Ubuntu Linux distribution as well as: Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie and Ubuntu MATE.

Ubuntu 21.04 due today with native Active Directory integration

  • Ubuntu 21.04 due today with native Active Directory integration

    Canonical has announced the availability of Ubuntu 21.04, it includes native Microsoft Active Directory integration, a Flutter application development SDK, and Wayland switched on by default replacing the X Window System which is now 36 years old. Ubuntu 21.04 comes with the Linux 5.11 kernel meaning newer hardware is supported but Canonical decided not to include the latest GNOME 40 just yet.

Canonical and Microsoft get cosier with Active Directory...

  • Canonical and Microsoft get cosier with Active Directory integration in Ubuntu 21.04

    Canonical's love-in with Microsoft has continued apace with the arrival of Ubuntu 21.04, replete with Active Directory integration. Optimisations for Microsoft's SQL Server are also inbound.

    As if to ram the point home, Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth said: "Native Active Directory integration and certified Microsoft SQL Server on Ubuntu are top priorities for our enterprise customers."

    What those beloved enterprises will make of something called "Hirsute Hippo" is anyone's guess and, since 21.04 is not a Long Term Support (LTS) emission, we're not sure how many corporates will be lining up. Last year's 20.04 LTS will likely reign supreme until next year's 22.04 emerges.

NextCloud is Currently Broken in Ubuntu 21.04, But a Fix...

  • NextCloud is Currently Broken in Ubuntu 21.04, But a Fix is Coming

    NextCloud users mulling an upgrade to Ubuntu 21.04 might want to hold off for a few days, as the NextCloud available in the Ubuntu archives is currently broken.

    And we’re talking “totally fails to start at all” broken here, which, for a “personal cloud” service isn’t exactly ideal!

    The good news is that a fix is on the way.

    An updated NextCloud package that works as intended on Ubuntu 21.04 landed in the hirsute-proposed repository roughly three minutes after I hit the ‘new post’ button. Now that’s what I call efficient!

    If you already made the leap to Hirsute you have a few choices. You can wait for the bug-fix to filter down through the regular update channel (not firm ETA for that as things need to be tested).

Kubuntu 21.04 Hirsute Hippo Released

  • Kubuntu 21.04 Hirsute Hippo Released

    The Kubuntu Team is happy to announce that Kubuntu 21.04 LTS has been released, featuring the ‘beautiful’ KDE Plasma 5.21: simple by default, powerful when needed.

    Codenamed “Hirsute Hippo”, Kubuntu 21.04 continues our tradition of giving you Friendly Computing by 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.

    Under the hood, there have been updates to many core packages, including a new 5.11-based kernel, KDE Frameworks 5.80, KDE Plasma 5.21 and KDE Release Service Applications 20.12.3

Ubuntu Studio 21.04 Released

  • Ubuntu Studio 21.04 Released

    The Ubuntu Studio team is pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu Studio 21.04, code-named “Hirsute Hippo”. This marks Ubuntu Studio’s 29th release. This release is a regular release, and as such it is supported for nine months until January 2022.

    Since it’s just out, you may experience some issues, so you might want to wait a bit before upgrading. Please see the release notes for a complete list of changes and known issues.

Ubuntu Linux 21.04 arrives with Wayland graphics, updated system

  • Ubuntu Linux 21.04 arrives with Wayland graphics, updated system theme, and more

    Ubuntu is one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions, and it serves as the base for countless other desktop operating systems, like Linux Mint and Elementary OS. There are two major releases of Ubuntu each year, and right on schedule, Ubuntu 21.04 ‘Hirsute Hippo’ has just been released.

    Ubuntu 21.04 is not a Long-Term Support (LTS) release, so it will only be updated for the next nine months. If you don’t want to upgrade regularly or prefer stability over new features, Ubuntu 20.04 is the current LTS release and will receive updates until April 2025. Some changes in this new update, like improved enterprise performance, have been backported to 20.04.

Canonical have announced the release of Ubuntu 21.04

Ubuntu Server 21.04: What’s new?

  • Ubuntu Server 21.04:
    What’s new?

    Ubuntu Server 21.04 (Hirsute Hippo) brings significant improvements to automation and stability fronts with new extensions to the Ubuntu Server Live Installer and phased updates in the Advanced Package Tool (APT). In addition, the latest development cycle includes improved enterprise applications availability with native support for Microsoft Structured Query Language (SQL) Server on Ubuntu 20.04 long-term support (LTS) and new Hardware Enablement (HWE) advanced networking stack for all LTS Ubuntu versions. Canonical will provide support for Ubuntu Server 21.04 until January 2022. All new features will be available in the upcoming Ubuntu Server 22.04 LTS release.

Seems like a mere copy of the original

  • Ubuntu 21.04 is here

    Canonical has released Ubuntu 21.04 with native Microsoft Active Directory integration, Wayland graphics by default, and a Flutter application development SDK. Separately, Canonical and Microsoft announced performance optimisation and joint support for Microsoft SQL Server on Ubuntu.

    “Native Active Directory integration and certified Microsoft SQL Server on Ubuntu are top priorities for our enterprise customers.” said Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical. “For developers and innovators, Ubuntu 21.04 delivers Wayland and Flutter for smoother graphics and clean, beautiful, design-led cross platform development.”

    “Canonical’s desktop solutions are cost-effective, easy to manage at scale, and simple to integrate with enterprise systems. For our 100,000 police officers, Ubuntu is user friendly, reliable, and delivers the requisite privacy and security without additional third-party solutions. Ubuntu is our operating system of choice” said Lt-Colonel Stéphane Dumond, French Gendarmerie Nationale.

Weekly news

  • Linux Release Roundup #21.17: Ubuntu 21.04, VirtualBox 6.1.20, Firefox 88, and More New Releases - It's FOSS News

    Ubuntu 21.04 Released

    Ubuntu’s latest stable release 21.04 Hiruste Hippo has finally arrived. It may not be a huge release but is exciting in terms of various new feature additions.

    You can refer our release coverage to know more about it.

    Ubuntu 21.04 Flavours Released

    Along with the GNOME edition, official flavours like Kubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio, and others have also released their 21.04 upgrade available.

    You can check out their official website to learn more about it.

Ubuntu 21.04 Hirsuite Hippo release now available to download

  • Ubuntu 21.04 Hirsuite Hippo release now available to download

    Canonical has today released their new Ubuntu 21.04 Linux operating system which comes equipped with native Microsoft Active Directory integration, Wayland graphics by default, and a Flutter application development SDK. Ubuntu 21.04 uses Wayland by default, a significant leap forward in security. Firefox, OBS Studio and many applications built with Electron and Flutter take advantage of Wayland automatically, for smoother graphics and better fractional scaling. “Flutter SDK snap build integration makes it easy to publish your multi-platform Flutter app for one-click install by millions of Linux desktop users.”

    Ubuntu 21.04 also adds the ability to configure system settings from an AD domain controller. Using a Group Policy Client, system administrators can specify security policies on all connected clients, such as password policies and user access control, and Desktop environment settings, such as login screen, background and favourite apps.

Team chat

  • Ubuntu Desktop Team is Live Streaming on YouTube at 3PM UTC

    At 3 PM (UTC) on Friday the 23rd of April the Ubuntu desktop team is going live on YouTube to host an online and interactive “Indaba” — that’s a South African word for “a conference or consultation between people”.

    The live stream will feature members of the Ubuntu Desktop Team who work at Canonical, as well as faces from the wider Ubuntu community. A member of the Yaru theme team will be special guest for the first of these (hopefully regular) streams.

    You can watch the event live on YouTube via the Ubuntu on Air YouTube channel, and ask the team questions via Ubuntu Discourse (ahead or time) or during the stream (by typing in the live chat box that will be on the YouTube video page).

    This event is part of a wider initiative by Canonical to reengage and reenergise the community around the

SJVN again

  • Ubuntu 21.04 makes a play for the enterprise desktop

    I love Ubuntu Linux. If you're reading this chances are you're fond of Ubuntu too. Besides hardcore Linux desktop fans, Ubuntu's also a hit with serious artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) developers. But you know where Ubuntu hasn't had much luck in finding users? In the corporate world where Windows still rules supreme. One reason for that is most enterprises rely on Microsoft Active Directory (AD) to manage users and connect them with network resources. With the just-released Ubuntu 21.04, aka Hirsute Hippo, that could change.

What’s New in Ubuntu MATE 21.04

  • What’s New in Ubuntu MATE 21.04

    It is a system that controls the action, layout, behaviour of the panel indicator area that is also known as your system tray. You can now change settings of Ayatana Indicators from Control Center.

    A new printer indication has been added and RedShift has been removed to maintain stability.

    [...]

    Users will now have access to GTK 2.x, 3.x, 4.x light and dark themes collectively. You can also use Suru icons along with some new icons.

    LibreOffice will have a new Yaru MATE icon theming applied by default. Font contrast has been improved as well. As a result of this, you will find it easier to read tiny texts and/or reading from a distance.

    Websites will now maintain the Dark Mode, if selected, at an Operating System level. To get dark theme in websites along with the rest of your system, just enable the Yaru MATE Dark theme.

    Windows manager themes for Macro, Metacity, Compiz now have SVG icons. What this means is that if you have a large screen, the icons won’t look pixelated, that’s a subtle but useful addition!

Ubuntu 21.04 “Hirsute Hippo” Released

  • Ubuntu 21.04 “Hirsute Hippo” Released

    Today Canonical has released its latest version of the operating system, Ubuntu 21.04. Ubuntu 21.04 codenamed “Hirsute Hippo” packs with some cool new features and a lot of improvements over its predecessor Ubuntu 20.10.

    Before users upgrade the current Ubuntu installation to Hirsute Hippo, it is important to note that Ubuntu 21.04 is a short-term support release. It’ll receive updates for 9 months, i.e. until January 2022.

Things to do after installing Ubuntu Desktop

  • Things to do after installing Ubuntu Desktop

    After installing the current Ubuntu desktop version, there are several things that you need to do. There are a variety of updated packages that the user needs to install. This will aid in smooth operation and improved security. This article will focus on the main things you have to do after installing the current Ubuntu desktop version.

Ubuntu Kylin 21.04 overview

Ubuntu 21.04 Hirsute Hippo Released

  • Ubuntu 21.04 Hirsute Hippo Released

    It’s April, meaning next Ubuntu release is here! Earlier this week Ubuntu 21.04 codenamed Hirsute Hippo was released.

    I’m not using Ubuntu as my desktop OS for quite some time, but will probably reinstall my XPS laptop with Ubuntu 21.10 in October.

    I’m pleased to see lots of popular productivity packages available and suggested right after the install - this makes setup really easy...

Ubuntu 21.04 Update Lands with Wayland Graphics, Pipeline...

  • Ubuntu 21.04 Update Lands with Wayland Graphics, Pipeline, and Other New Features

    The world's most popular Linux distro just received a major update, delivering heaps of new features, bug fixes, and more.

    Ubuntu 21.04 has been under development for several months. Many Ubuntu fans have eagerly awaited it, but it isn't the next Long-Term Support (LTS) release of the Linux distro. Ubuntu 21.04 is somewhat of a stop-gap between major updates, with the next LTS release, Ubuntu 21.10, coming later in 2021.

    Still, the Ubuntu 21.04 update brings some decent upgrades to the operating system.

Ubuntu 21.04 "Hirsute Hippo" Review - Why did they even bother?

  • Ubuntu 21.04 "Hirsute Hippo" Review - Why did they even bother?

    Ubuntu is one of my favorite distributions, so naturally I wanted to give 21.04 a try as soon as it was released. Unfortunately, reviewing the latest release of Canonical's desktop Linux distribution has me scratching my head. With mostly nothing new to bring to the table, why'd they even bother?

Jack Wallen's article

  • Ubuntu 21.04 Adds Support for Active Directory and Other Major Changes

    In a bid to help make Linux more viable for the business desktop, Canonical adds support for Active Directory and a few other notable changes.

    In a move that should surprise no one, Canonical has made it considerably easier for admins to join Ubuntu desktop machines to Active Directory domains and use Group Policy to set password requirements, user access controls, and even tweak desktop environment settings (such as login screen backgrounds and required applications).

    Canonical has even made it possible for the integration of a Ubuntu Desktop into an existing Active Directory domain to be an automated and effortless process, with the help of the System Security Services Daemon (SSSD).

Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix 21.04 Run Through

Ubuntu 21.04 released

  • Ubuntu 21.04 released

    Ubuntu 21.04 is an important release, if only because of the switch to Wayland, following in Fedora’s footsteps. Ubuntu did opt out of shipping GNOME 40, though, so it comes with 3.38 instead. The step to Wayland is surely going to cause problems for some people, but overall, I think it’s high time and Wayland is pretty much as ready as it’s ever going to be. Remember, Wayland is not X, as I said a few months ago..

Upgrading to Ubuntu 21.04 Is Not a Good Idea Right Now

  • Upgrading to Ubuntu 21.04 Is Not a Good Idea Right Now

    Last week, Canonical released Ubuntu 21.04, which as usual results in a rush of upgrades from the previous version. However, Ubuntu users are now being told not to upgrade manually, and won't be seeing the upgrade notification pop-up for some time.

    As OMG!Ubuntu reports, the unusual situation where developers are telling users not to upgrade to the latest version of their operating system has come about because of a serious bug.

    Brian Murray, Ubuntu Bugmaster working at Canonical, wrote an email to the Ubuntu developer mailing list explaining, "In case you missed it in the release notes[1] and hear people asking about it, I wanted to let you know that users of Ubuntu 20.10 are not being prompted to upgrade to Ubuntu 21.04 ... This is due to a bug[2] with the current version of shim in Ubuntu 21.04 which can cause systems with an early version of EFI to fail to boot after the upgrade."

Ubuntu 21.04 is out, here is why you shouldn't upgrade yet

  • Ubuntu 21.04 is out, here is why you shouldn’t upgrade yet

    Everybody loves shiny new things and those who love Ubuntu are no different. The latest shiny thing in the Ubuntu world came out last Thursday in the form of the latest Ubuntu release 21.04 code-named Hirsute Hippo. As I have already hinted in my brief review of the beta version, while Ubuntu 21.04 doesn’t look that different from its predecessor, it does come with plenty of changes under the hood.

Lubuntu 21.04 overview | Welcome to the Next Universe.

Users warned against upgrading to Ubuntu 21.04

  • Users warned against upgrading to Ubuntu 21.04

    In a strange turn of events, Ubuntu developers are asking users not to upgrade their Ubuntu 20.10 installations to the recently-released Ubuntu 21.04 due to a strange bug.

    Normally, as soon as a new release is up for grabs, existing Ubuntu users would typically get a notification about its availability and can then switch to the new release with a single click.

    However, a severe issue prompted Ubuntu developers to disable the upgrade prompt. While a manual upgrade was still possible, some top Ubuntu developers want the distro to actively discourage users from upgrading.

Ubuntu 21.04 is now available...

  • Ubuntu 21.04 is now available with native Microsoft Active Directory integration and Wayland as the default

    Canonical released Ubuntu 21.04, a new version of the organization's Linux distribution. The release comes three weeks after the release of beta versions, and can already be downloaded from the official Ubuntu website as desktop, server and cloud versions.

    Updates from Ubuntu 20.10 are not enabled at this point as some systems may end up in an unbootable state if EFI version 1.10 is used. Upgrades will be enabled in the future "once an updated version of shim is available 2hich is compatible with EFI version 1.10".

    Ubuntu 21.04 is a short-term release, which means that it is good for 9 months of updates before it is running out off support. The latest long-term servicing release is Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

    The release is powered by Linux 5.11 kernel and GNOME 3.38, and the first that makes Wayland the default on the system, provided that the computer's hardware supports it.

Don’t Upgrade to Ubuntu 21.04 Just Yet if You Have an Older...

  • Don’t Upgrade to Ubuntu 21.04 Just Yet if You Have an Older System

    And, this is why you probably did not notice an update notification while using Ubuntu 20.10. Ubuntu developers have acknowledged the severity of this issue and decided not to prompt updates till this bug is fixed.

    As the bug report also mentions a solution where you download Ubuntu 20.04’s shim package to make amends.

    However, this is not a feasible solution for users.

    [...]

    Shim is a bit of code that is signed by Microsoft. So, they are waiting for the process to complete in order to include the new shim binaries for Ubuntu 21.04.

    Of course, it also affects some other official Ubuntu flavours like Kubuntu.

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    A database containing personal information on 106 million international travelers to Thailand was exposed to the public internet this year, a Brit biz claimed this week. Bob Diachenko, head of cybersecurity research at product-comparison website Comparitech, said the Elasticsearch data store contained visitors' full names, passport numbers, arrival dates, visa types, residency status, and more. It was indexed by search engine Censys on August 20, and spotted by Diachenko two days later. There were no credentials in the database, which is said to have held records dating back a decade. “There are many people who would prefer their travel history and residency status not be publicized, so for them there are obvious privacy issues,” wrote Comparitech editor Paul Bischoff on the company’s blog.

  • Break out your emergency change process and patch this ransomware-friendly bug ASAP, says VMware

    VMware has disclosed a critical bug in its flagship vSphere and vCenter products and urged users to drop everything and patch it. The virtualization giant also offered a workaround.

  • Reproducible Builds (diffoscope): diffoscope 185 released

    The diffoscope maintainers are pleased to announce the release of diffoscope version 185. This version includes the following changes:

    [ Mattia Rizzolo ]
    * Fix the autopkgtest in order to fix testing migration: the androguard
      Python module is not in the python3-androguard Debian package
    * Ignore a warning in the tests from the h5py package that doesn't concern
      diffoscope.
    
    [ Chris Lamb ]
    * Bump Standards-Version to 4.6.0.
    

GNOME 41 Released. This is What's New.

GNOME team announced the release of GNOME 41 with some exceptional changes and updates. We wrap up the release in this post. Read more