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Ubuntu 21.04 gets the codename ‘Hirsute Hippo'
by Paul Hill
Following the release of Ubuntu 20.10 almost a week ago, Canonical has revealed the name of the next version of Ubuntu to be ‘Hirsute Hippo’ – the adjective means hairy. Ubuntu 21.04 ‘Hirsute Hippo’ is set to be released next April and is the third Ubuntu release with an ‘H’ codename, the first being Ubuntu 5.04 'Hoary Hedgehog' and the second being Ubuntu 8.04 ‘Hardy Heron’.
Now that we know which animal has been chosen for the codename, it's likely that one of the wallpapers in Ubuntu 21.04 will feature a hippo as has been the case in most prior Ubuntu releases. Ubuntu 21.04 will be an inter-LTS release meaning that it will only be supported for nine months. While it will be stable, most people might be better off staying with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS until 2022 when the next LTS arrives.
According to Phoronix, the Hirsute Hippo is set to come with the GNOME 40 desktop environment, the Linux 5.11 kernel, Mesa 21.0 with more graphics support, Python 3.9, and GCC 10. This release could come with a new desktop installer and Wayland made the default instead of X.Org but nothing has been confirmed yet.
In the coming days, Canonical will start spinning Daily Build ISOs for Hirsute Hippo but the most exciting dates will be April 1 when the beta arrives, April 15 when we get the release candidate, and April 22 when Ubuntu 21.04 finally ships.
Source: Martin Wimpress (Twitter) via Phoronix
Ubuntu 20.10 ‘Groovy Gorilla' is available to download now
by Paul Hill
Canonical has announced the immediate availability of Ubuntu 20.10 ‘Groovy Gorilla’. While this version is considered stable and fit to be run as a daily driver, it is not a Long Term Support (LTS) release and will therefore only receive security updates for nine months.
The new version comes with a variety of new software including Linux Kernel 5.8 and GNOME 3.38. Developer tools such as programming languages and compilers have also received updates - this release ships with glibc 2.32, OpenJDK 11, rustc 1.41, GCC 10, LLVM 11, Python 3.8.6, ruby 2.7.0, php 7.4.9, perl 5.30, and golang 1.13.
Another notable point about this upgrade is that Canonical has spun a new desktop image aimed at Raspberry Pi 4 devices that have at least 4GB of RAM. Raspberry Pi’s new Compute Module 4 is also supported by the Groovy Gorilla but you’ll need to have 4GB of RAM and 16GB of eMMC or equivalent SD card storage.
Those who want to download and try the new version can download it from the Ubuntu download page. If you’re running Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and want to upgrade you’ll need to open Software & Updates, head to the Updates tab, and change the Notify me of a new Ubuntu version drop down to For any new version. From there, open the update manager and you’ll be offered the upgrade.
By Rich Woods
Dell refreshes its XPS 13 and XPS 13 2-in-1 with Intel Tiger Lake, Thunderbolt 4, and more
by Rich Woods
Back at CES, Dell announced a redesign for its XPS 13 laptop, and that design also came to the XPS 15 (and the brand-new XPS 17) in May. Now, the XPS 13 2-in-1 is getting the new look, which means that it's getting its IR camera back. Indeed, when Dell finally moved the webcam above the screen, the IR camera took an extra generation to come with it. While the XPS 13 2-in-1 was the last to get the overhaul, it had the least amount of work to do, already having a slim profile and a 16:10 screen.
XPS 13 2-in-1 The XPS 13 clamshell is getting a refresh today as well. As was teased at Intel's launch event earlier this month, both PCs are getting Intel's new 11th-generation 'Tiger Lake' processors. Tiger Lake is the company's second-gen 10nm platform, and it comes with new Iris Xe graphics, which you'll find in the new laptops.
That's not all though, because they come with Thunderbolt 4. That means that the USB Type-C ports can power dual 4K displays off of a single port, or it can power an 8K display. Memory is getting a boost too, as they come with 4267MHz LPDDR4x instead of 37633MHz.
XPS 13 Developer Edition As usual, the XPS 13 is getting a Developer Edition variant, which comes with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. Moreover, Dell says it's added functionality to allow all XPS 13 users switch their system to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, even if they didn't get the Developer Edition.
The Dell XPS 13, XPS 13 2-in-1, and XPS 13 Developer Edition will all be available beginning on September 30. The XPS 13 2-in-1 starts at $1,249, and there will be a Frost model with Arctic White woven glass fiber palm rest coming later. The XPS 13 starts at $999, and the Developer Edition's pricing will be announced later.
By Rich Woods
Lenovo is going to offer its entire ThinkPad lineup with Ubuntu Linux
by Rich Woods
Back in June, Lenovo announced that it was certifying its Think workstations for Ubuntu Linux, and it's expanding on that announcement today. For one thing, all of its ThinkPads and ThinkStations are going to be certified now, including ThinkPads from the T, X, X1, and L series.
Moreover, you'll be able to purchase one of these devices with Ubuntu Linux pre-installed. Lenovo says that there are over 30 PCs that come with the new Ubuntu option.
"Lenovo's vision of enabling smarter technology for all really does mean 'for all'. Our announcement of device certification in June was a step in the right direction to enable customers to more easily install Linux on their own. Our goal is to remove the complexity and provide the Linux community with the premium experience that our customers know us for. This is why we have taken this next step to offer Linux-ready devices right out of the box," said Igor Bergman, Vice President of PCSD Software & Cloud at Lenovo.
Lenovo says that these PCs will be available starting this month, and they'll be rolling out in phases through next year.
Canonical updates two old Ubuntu LTSs with point releases
by Paul Hill
Canonical, the firm behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution, has announced the availability of Ubuntu 16.04.7 LTS and Ubuntu 18.04.5 LTS. The new updates come just a week after the firm pushed Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS which includes all the latest patches on a brand new ISO. The two updates for the older LTSs also include the latest patches in newly spun ISOs helping users to save time post-installation as fewer updates will need installing.
The most interesting of the two releases is Ubuntu 18.04.5, this update includes hardware enablement stacks that add support for newer hardware. The new hardware support is available for all the supported architectures and comes out of the box when you install Ubuntu using one of the desktop images. Ubuntu Server will default to the GA kernel but the HWE kernel with new hardware support is available from the installer bootloader.
With Ubuntu 16.04.7, Canonical was mainly focused on the security of Ubuntu. It includes patches that protect new installations from recently discovered GRUB 2 vulnerabilities. It’s worth highlighting that Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, which launched on April 21, 2016, is set to stop receiving updates in April. For this reason, you may want to think about upgrading to a new version of Ubuntu, this can be done through the update manager (for in-place upgrades) or with a clean installation.
If you’d like to download either of these two versions, you can do so by heading to the Ubuntu Releases page which contains links to previous versions of the distribution.