Ubuntu 20.10 “Groovy Gorilla” is now available! Published on October 22, 2020, Gorillas are small changes, not the basis of new features. It is a temporary release and does not provide long-term support. If so, is it worth updating?
Groovy Gorilla hit the streets and this is a more popular Linux distribution intermediate design. Canonical publishes the Long Term Support (LTS) version of Ubuntu, which is supported every 2 years for 5 years.
However, Canonical releases a new version of Ubuntu every 6 months. All versions of the LTS will follow the three intermediate versions before the next version of the LTS. Collects changes and improvements made to later versions of LTS.
This special structure allows canonical developers to collect feedback and test their work in the field. Stage structures allow the program to play with the latest version.
Released in April 2020 (20.04 ‘Focal Fossa’) is the latest version of LTS, so even after 6 months of development, Grovy Gorilla offers no surprises or changes. The gorillas kept napkins, sequins and rugs here and there, but it’s almost about
I’m not saying it’s not a stable structure (based on test results). It still looks solid and beautiful, but is it worth keeping the long-used version?
Installing ZFS file system
The Ubuntu Unity installer has not changed significantly. The installation process is almost the same as Ubuntu 20.04 and the black test disk screen is the same.
A large change is hidden in the Advanced Features dialog box. The capitalized word “experience” will no longer appear next to the ZFS file system installation option. You need to gain the reliability and usability of your Canonical ZFS application as a daily driver file system.
After installing and logging in to Ubuntu 20.10, you will see that Groovy Gorilla is one of the known purple colors in Ubuntu color picker.
It puts everything together like a monkey but let’s see if that’s true.
Upgrading GNOME Desktop
Groovy Gorilla uses GNOME 3.33.0, the latest graphical desktop environment to support Ubuntu’s local desktop environment. There is evidence of attention and coordination here and there and we try to make the experience perfect.
Let’s take a closer look at each.
Moving the Applications Grid shortcuts
There are two views of the application schedule: an overview of the most popular applications and a list of all the applications. I have a special interest in Genome 3.33.0.
You can rearrange the order by dragging the application icons to your liking. Alphabetical lists are no longer valid. You can mix and match as you wish. First tap and drag the icon to place the Firefox tab. It stays the same until you change it.
Knows the network screen and resolution better. Resizes the sensitivity and adjusts the appropriate icon direction ratio and grid position based on the monitor’s resolution and display mode.
Dragging one tab to another creates a stack or group just like a smartphone. For example, you can drag all LibreOffice icons into a group.
If you place 9 or more bookmarks in a group, the pages will appear when you scroll or rotate the pages.
But grouping is not as easy as creating groups. To remove a tab from a group, you must open the group, tap and drag the tab, and then “shake” the icon on the desktop until the group is closed.
You can then place the icon in the application grid. Sometimes you need to move the icons on the screen for 4 or 5 seconds before closing the group. But with the official release of Ubuntu 20.10, it could work more smoothly.
Calendar tools have also been updated. You can now see the calendar item notification at the bottom of the window.
Reorganization of System Menu
The “Restart” option will now appear in the system menu. Previously, the “Restart” option was only available after the non-intuitive “Shutdown” option was created.
Dialog Tweaks settings
Minor changes, however rename the following options in the Preferences dialog box.
- “Universal Access” is now “Access.”
- “Screen Displays” is now “Displays.”
- “Device Color profiles” is now “Color.”
- “Language and Region” is now “Region and Language.”
The Wi-Fi tab in Settings lets you use your laptop as a Wi-Fi hotspot. Scanning a QR code with a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet allows you to connect to a hotspot.
Many packages have been updated to the latest version. Some great package issue numbers:
- Thunderbird: 78.3.1
- LibreOffice: 188.8.131.52
- Firefox: 81.0.1
- Files: 3.38.0-stable
- gcc: 10.2.0
- OpenSSL: 1.1.1f
Some applications are apparently improved. For example, a screenshot program has now emerged as an integral part of the Ubuntu experience (see below):
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It’s still a shame to take it off after taking all the screenshots, but the layout is clean and easy to use.
Sent with Ubuntu 20.10 Linux kernel version 5.8.0-20. As always, the Linux kernel has several new features, including improved support for modern hardware devices.
A short list of developments below:
- Graphics driver and other improvements added for Qualcomm Adreno, Intel Tiger Lake, and Radeon.
- AMD GPU Trusted Memory Zone support.
- AMD Energy drivers.
- Intel Tiger Lake System Agent Geyserville (SAGV) support.
- Intel Tiger Lake Thunderbolt 4 support for Intel’s Gateway SoCs.
- Improved ARM System on a Chip (SoC) support.
- Initial support for booting with POWER10 processors.
- Fixes have been added for the EXT4 file system.
- Improvements have been added for the Btrfs file system. Some major distributions (such as Fedora 33) are going to be defaulting to Btrfs in future releases.
Upgrading to Ubuntu 20.10
Most people recommend using Ubuntu 20.04 LTS for stability. Ubuntu 20.10 offers no improvement. In contrast, it shows that Ubuntu is still a solid platform and is making good progress towards the next LTS version in 2022.
According to canonical estimates, Ubuntu is 95% device LTS. Therefore, it is clear that the special framework will not appeal to many people who use Ubuntu. Although the canonical figures are somewhat different, it is clear that most people prefer the durability and long-term support for the greater convenience of the stratified structure.
If you have successfully used Focal Fossa 20.04, what upgrade problems (and potential risks) are worth to get this structure? Probably not.
But if Gorilla first gets acquainted with Linux, they will be very happy.
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