Ubuntu 21.10 Impish Indri finally arrives with GNOME 40, Linux 5.13 and the new installer as an option

Ubuntu 21.10 Impish Indri

We already have it here. Waiting to make it official by publishing it on social networks and updating its website, Canonical has launched Ubuntu 21.10 Impish Indri, so the new image can be downloaded and the operating system installed. I'm sorry to say what I feel, and that is that while I'm writing this article I can't stop thinking about the word "disappointment." The most conservative will disagree with me, but the new version of the operating system that gives this blog its name has come with a couple of components that are not so new.

It is clear that we are facing a normal cycle launch and that Canonical prefers to put more meat on the spit of the LTS versions, but Ubuntu 21.10 will use GNOME 40. Logically, for those who are still in GNOME 3.38 it is an important leap forward, but it has been weeks since GNOME 41 is available and the performance could be even better. Canonical has once again sinned as a conservative, and at some point it will have to stop being so and skip a version of GNOME. Maybe for Ubuntu 22.04.

Highlights of Ubuntu 21.10 Impish Indri

  • Linux 5.13. It was released in june, and personally I think they could have added Linux 5.14 to Impish Indri. He did not arrive in time to the freeze of functions.
  • Supported for 9 months, until July 2022.
  • GNOME 40.5. Most of the new features of Ubuntu 21.10 are related to the graphical environment or its applications. You will use GNOME 40 with the dock on the left as you have had since moving to Unity:
    • Gestures on the touch panel (Wayland only).
    • Trash on the dock.
    • More information about the team in «About».
    • Separator between favorite and open apps (not favorites).
    • New Yaru theme by default and the mixed theme has been removed.
    • The Calendars app can import .ics.
  • Updated apps. There will be GNOME 40.x and GNOME 41.
  • Firefox 93, in its Snap version. It's a controversial move, but not everything here was Canonical's idea; It was Mozilla who proposed it.
  • Thunderbird 91.
  • Libre Office 7.2.
  • New installer as an option. It is expected to be used by default and to be one of the highlights of Ubuntu 22.04.
  • Improved performance, something that we could well put as one of the changes related to GNOME 40.

Ubuntu 21.10 It is now available from the here!, and soon it will be in the official website operating system. For me the question is obliged: do you know little by little that they use Linux 5.13 and GNOME 40 or do you thank them for the stability?


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  1.   Joseph said

    Truth be told, you say a lot of nonsense. Canonical is not being conservative and it is not that the most conservative disagree with you. These are development models that are different from what you use, manjaro kde and not for that reason they are disappointing, you are always with the same story. This is simply Linux and we have rolling distros read, like your dear manjaro and others whose development model is based on stability, such as opensuse leap, Debian stable, slackware, etc. and they are not disappointing for that, simply their development model is another and that development model was long before and has existed long before your beloved rolling releases and they are the basis of Linux, the foundations of Linux, thanks to those disappointing distros that do not innovate you have your beloved rolling releases. Canonical does what it has to do, which is its development model, ensuring the stability of its distros and point man.

    1.    pablinux said

      Ubuntu used the latest version of GNOME up to GNOME 40. It didn't use it in Hirsute Hippo because the change was so big. I think that's ensuring (being conservative). Fedora did, and did as usual. It has been Ubuntu who has changed, and so I comment.

      If I make comparisons, I make them with other Ubuntu releases, and in 21.04 they used the same version of GNOME as in 20.10 and in 21.10 they use one that is seven months old. If that is not changing and playing it safe, I no longer know. Compared to Ubuntu, Ubuntu is being conservative. It has nothing to do with KDE or Manjaro; it is Ubuntu compared to Ubuntu.

      Ubuntu 18.04: GNOME 3.28
      Ubuntu 18.10: GNOME 3.30.
      Ubuntu 19.04: GNOME 3.32.
      Ubuntu 19.10: GNOME 3.34.
      Ubuntu 20.04: GNOME 3.36.
      Ubuntu 20.10: GNOME 3.38.
      Ubuntu 21.04: GNOME 3.38, slow down.
      Ubuntu 21.10: GNOME 40, seven months old.