Xubuntu 21.04 comes with XFCE 4.16 and "Minimal" installation option

Xubuntu 21.04

Although most of us opted for desktops like GNOME or KDE, there are still many who prefer to use a slightly lighter desktop. For those users there is a version with Ubuntu X, and we already have it available Xubuntu 21.04 Hirsute Hippo. The truth is that it comes with the usual news, that is, with updated desktop and applications, but in this release it stands out that they have included the "Minimal" installation option, which is used to install the operating system and fewer applications than for some users. they become bloatware.

Among the rest of the news, it is always interesting to know the graphical environment and the core that they include. Like the rest of the Hirsute Hippo family, Xubuntu 21.04 uses Linux 5.11, and the graphical environment is XFCE 4.16. Most of the changes are related to these two components, and below you have the list of most outstanding news who have arrived alongside the furry hippo in its XFCE version.

Highlights of Xubuntu 21.04

To see the complete list you have to go to the release note, available here!.

  • Supported for 9 months, until January 2022.
  • Linux 5.11.
  • Minimal installation option.
  • XFCE 4.16, which includes a new plugin for the dashboard called StatusTray that combines the StatusNotifier and System components into a more consistent one; dark mode for XFCE panel; support for fractional scaling; file transfer operations can be queued or paused.
  • Hexchat and Synaptic installed by default.
  • Improved translations.
  • Removable drives and file system icons are no longer displayed on the desktop.
  • The applications menu has been removed from the right click on the desktop.
  • The Texinfo launcher has been removed from the menu, along with PulseAudio Volume Control, the second being replaced by the Sound option in the settings.
  • In Thunar, the path bar is used by default; folders can be opened in a new tab with a central click; and some folders, like Home, will no longer change the window icon.
  • Package updates to newer versions, such as Firefox 87 and LibreOffice 7.1.2.

Xubuntu 21.04 Hirsute Hippo has been officially launched, so you can now download your ISO from cdimage.ubuntu.com (will soon appear in the official website) or update from the operating system with the sudo command do-release-upgrade.


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  1.   Roberto said

    Just yesterday I installed it on an HP stream 13 ″ and it goes smoothly. I had to connect it to LAN to update firmware wirelessly but otherwise it goes very fast. The mini (minimal) installation is ideal for computers such as old ones and also, with ubuntu support you have all the applications you want.