Well, folks, It’s pleasure to announce a good news, Ubuntu Linux 21.04 achieves final Beta status. And no, that isn’t a joke with name Code-named “Hirsute Hippo”, the Beta can be had with your choice of several desktop environments, such as GNOME, KDE Plasma, and Xfce.
In this article, let’s look at the latest Ubuntu 21.04 Beta features and how you can upgrade to the 21.04 from Ubuntu 20.04, 19, and 18 versions if you can’t wait until the stable release. Let’s get started.
Hirsute Hippo Features: What’s New?
1. GNOME 3.38 as default desktop
The latest GNOME 40 will not be included in this version of Ubuntu. The default desktop environment is GNOME 3.38 which is a default desktop in Ubuntu 20.10 Groovy Gorilla. Due to many design changes in GNOME 40 and possible impact on quality issues, the team decided to stick to GNOME 3.38 in this release as well.
2. Wayland as Default Display Server
Ubuntu now uses Wayland as the default session. For starters, it is a replacement for X.org’s windowing system, which was developed in 1984 and is still used a lot. Here are some benefits of Wayland over X.org. Much better multi-monitor support Wayland is more efficient and performs miles better capable of emerging HDR technology will be significantly easier to maintain in the future
3. Linux Kernel
The Linux Kernel 5.11 will be included in Ubuntu 21.04 as default. As, Linux 5.10 has been already released, and Linux 5.11 is also ready by the time, Ubuntu 21.04 hits feature freeze by end of Feb 2021.
4. Updated native apps
Some of the other features that Ubuntu 21.04 comes with are; Pipewire support and the ability to change the power profile mode. Apart from that, it also comes with a new set of preloaded wallpapers if you’re interested in that. Ubuntu 21.04 is also available in other flavors like Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Kubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, and Xubuntu.
How To Update To Ubuntu 21.04 From Older Versions
- Upgrading to Ubuntu 21.04 is quite simple. Please note that you’ll need to clean install Ubuntu 21.04 stable it’s out.
- Open the Software and Updates app.
- From the app menu, find and open the Software and Updates app.
- Change the update preferences
- Head over to the Updates section and in the Notify me of a new Ubuntu version dropdown, select the For any new version option and close the app.
- Update the repos
Procedure to Upgrade Ubuntu 21.04 Using Terminal
- Create a backup of your server or Virtual Machine(VM).
- Upgrade all installed packages of the Current Ubuntu version using the following command, sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade.
- Authenticate by typing your password and type y, and hit enter in the terminal if asked.
- Wait patiently until the whole update process’s done.
- Install the Ubuntu update tool, by running this command, sudo apt install update-manager-core.
- Start the upgrade procedure, by running this command,sudo do-release-upgrade.
After the Software Updater finishes checking for updates, it’ll show you a message that reads.
The software is up-to-date. However, Ubuntu 20.10 is now available (you have “your Ubuntu version”)
Click on upgrade. The process might take 30-45 minutes to complete depending on your internet’s speed.
Welcome to Hirsute Hippo!
Once the installation’s done, you’ll be asked to restart the computer, and the next thing you’ll see is Hirsute Hippo’s awkwardly beautiful default wallpaper.