The latest non-LTS release, Ubuntu 21.10, codenamed “Impish Indri” is now available for download; albeit, it will receive support for only nine months, that is, until July 2022.
While the current Long-term support (LTS) release Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, as LTS release will get major updates and improvements until 2030. Now, let's see if there are any compelling features to make users on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS to want to upgrade to this non-LTS release.
The codename for Ubuntu 21.10, Impish Idri, means “showing no respect for something in a way that is amusing” or to put it another way, inclined to mischief.
What’s New in Ubuntu 21.10 “Impish Indri” Release?
Ubuntu 21.10 brings the long awaited GNOME 40, which is an exciting upgrade and several other notable improvements.
GNOME 40 offers a refreshing change to Ubuntu, but only after experiencing it, can you actually tell. Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect with this release.
- Refreshed Installer
- PulseAudio 15 With Bluetooth LDAC Support
- Wayland Session with NVIDIA Proprietary Driver
- Package updates to LibreOffice, Thunderbird
- Firefox as a Snap by default
- Linux Kernel 5.13
Additionally, the mixed theme feature has been ditched in Ubuntu 21.10, rather opting for light/dark theming. And Linux Kernel 5.13 inclusion means there will be support for advanced Intel and AMD chips, also Apple M1 support.
How to Download or Upgrade to Ubuntu 21.10?
For a fresh installation, the ISO image of Ubuntu 21.10 is now available for download on the official website. And for existing users of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, you'll get the option of automatic upgrade via the Update Manager.
However, it is recommended that users of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS should wait for the next LTS release, Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.