This is a continually updated article to inform you about Ubuntu 19.10 release date, features and other important things associated with it.
The development for Ubuntu 19.10 is nearing its end and it’s time to look at what new features and improvement this new release brings.
Ubuntu 19.10 is an important release because it will set the course of development for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (long term support). I have always felt that the LTS version release takes a lot of features from its predecessor.
In other words, Ubuntu 19.10 will be a glimpse of the features you would be getting in Ubuntu 20.04.
Ubuntu 19.10 Eoan Ermine release schedule
Ubuntu 19.10 has been codenamed Eoan Ermine. My vocabulary is poor so I had to look up both the words in dictionary. Eoan means ‘relating to the dawn or the east’ and Eermine is a kind of weasel. You can read my earlier article to know the logic behind these seemingly weird codenames.
Following a development cycle of 25 weeks, Ubuntu 19.10 will be released on 17th October 2019.
The complete release schedule of Ubuntu 19.10 is here:
- Feature Freeze: August 22, 2019
- Beta Release: September 26, 2019
- Final Freeze: October 10, 2019
- Final Release: October 17, 2019
New features coming to Ubuntu 19.10
Here are some of the new changes Ubuntu 19.10 is bringing:
Faster boot with LZ4 compression
Ubuntu 19.10 will boot faster than its predecessors thanks to LZ4 compression algorithms. The Ubuntu kernel team ran several experiments benchmarking the impact of compression algorithms and found that LZ4 provides the best result.
GNOME 3.34 and the performance and visual changes that come with it
GNOME 3.34 has been released with both performance and visual improvements. Ubuntu 19.10 will ship with GNOME 3.34 and it will consist of these changes.
No 32-bit version anymore for Ubuntu 19.10 and above
You probably know that Ubuntu doesn’t provide 32-bit ISO download for standard install. You could still upgrade the existing 32-bit install to a newer version or use the network installer or minimalCD in 32-bit mode.
But starting Ubuntu 19.10, there will be no support for 32-bit anymore. There is no 32-bit libraries, software and tools. If you are using a 32-bit Ubuntu 19.04, you cannot upgrade to Ubuntu 19.10. There will be no 32-bit option for network install or minimalCD.
Existing 32-bit users of Ubuntu 18.04 will still be able to use it till 2023. But that’s the end of 32-bit for Ubuntu.
Some other changes are:
- Improved default Yaru theme with support for Snap apps
- GCC 9
- Python 3.7
- OpenJDK 11
- Golang 1.12
Download Ubuntu 19.10 [strictly for testing]
The daily builds for Ubuntu 19.10 release is now available. However I must warn you that this is an unstable version still in development. Don’t use it on your production or main system.
If you want to help Ubuntu team by testing it, use it on your spare system or install in VirtualBox.
What features do you expect from Ubuntu 19.10 Eoan Ermine? Share your views in the comment section.