Its Beta version Ubuntu 21.04 Hirsute Hippo is now available for download. Unlike previous beta versions of Ubuntu, which contain many visual and internal changes, this version is quite simple.
Below are the latest features of Ubuntu 21.04 Beta and how to upgrade from Ubuntu 20.04, 19 and 18 if you do not want to wait for the firmware release.
The new version comes without it GNOME 40, however contains GNOME 40 applications.
Ubuntu is now using Wayland until the default session. For starters this is a replacement for the X.org windowing system, which was developed in 1984 and is still widely used. Some of Wayland's benefits over X.org are:
- Much better multi-screen support
- Wayland is more efficient and performs much better
- Possibility of emerging HDR technology
- It will be much easier to maintain in the future
Some of the other features of Ubuntu 21.04 are:
Pipewire support and the ability to change the power mode.
Apart from that, it also comes with a new set of preloaded wallpapers if you are interested. Ubuntu 21.04 is also available in other flavors such as Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Kubuntu, Ubuntu MATE and Xubuntu.
How to update to Ubuntu 21.04 from earlier versions
Updating to Ubuntu 21.04 is fairly simple.
From the application menu, find and open the application Software and updates.
Go to the section updates and in the drop-down menu Notify me of updates to Ubuntu, select the option For any new version and close the application.
Open the terminal application and type the following command
sudo apt update && sudo apt dist-upgrade
Authenticate by entering your password and type y and press enter on the terminal if prompted.
Wait for the entire update process to complete.
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Now, type the command
By doing this, you are telling Ubuntu to look for a development version, namely Ubuntu 21.04 in this case.
After the software update check is completed, a message will appear stating that the software is up to date. Ubuntu 20.10 is now available
Click on upgrade. The process can take 30-45 minutes, depending on the speed of your internet.
Once the installation is complete, you will be prompted to restart the computer and the next thing you will see is the unusually beautiful default Hirsute Hippo wallpaper.