I am glad to present to you all our fifth release in the history of the Ubuntu Cinnamon project, 21.10, Impish Indri!
It takes an absolute village to make releases like this happen, and I can’t wait for our upcoming 22.04 release in April!
Without further ado, let’s dive into the key release notes/changes:
Desktop: Everything remains the same.
- Basic Cinnamon 4.8.6 Desktop Environment
We would be at 5.0.5, however due to Debian Bullseye freeze, 5.0.5 was pushed too late for it to be imported. This opens the door for more stability. A similar situation happened with our 19.10 Eoan Ermine release, where we should’ve been at 4.2.0x but was at 4.0.10.
- Firefox 93 (Shipped in a deb format, and will be a snap next release)
- GIMP 2.10.24
- Some common GNOME apps used cross-DE, some 3.38 and some for GNOME 40/40.1 like the software center, photos, disk utility, system monitor, etc.
- LibreOffice Suite 7.2.1
- Yaru-Cinnamon: GTK 4 theme support
Why upgrade if you’ll use the same version of Cinnamon? With GTK 4 and all the other improvements I’ve yet to list, you will find that for the most part, your usage not just in Cinnamon, but outside of it will change drastically.
- Live Session now runs the Ubiquity installer
The WIP installer written in Flutter/Dart isn’t ready yet, but lots of progress has been made on it, so hats off to them!
I’ve also decided intentionally to leave the slideshow in Ubiquity alone for now, as in the end of the day we are all still Ubuntu. Also: there are several other priorities to deal with over than a slideshow, but that issue will be fixed in 22.04.
- Linux Kernel 5.13
This is huge! New types of gaming hardware, especially graphics cards are now supported! Say goodbye to having to adjust your resolution. AMD developers especially, have been working very hard on built-in driver support for the Kernel! And boy, do I love seeing Ubuntu Cinnamon with that wide 2560x display with a 6700 XT.
- Python 3.9, Ruby 2.7, PHP 8.0, Perl 5.32.1, GNU Compiler Collection 11.2.0
While most of these aren’t new, for developers this opens a whole new world of possibilities, especially with GCC.
As I said, this would not have been possible without so many people. So thank you to:
- The Yaru Team
- Initu Castillhos for the Yaru-Cinnamon theme
- Rudra Saraswat from Ubuntu Unity
- David Mohammed from Ubuntu Budgie
- Monica Madon (communiteatime)
- All our Quality Assurance testers/community
- You, for keeping the Ubuntu Desktop community around and supporting us!
Now go out and enjoy the release!
Google Drive Download: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kihB3UkPHLx3-K3UwJ5xnzxVuz5BI5dT/view?usp=sharing
Ubuntu Desktop Community Twitter: https://twitter.com/UbuntuDesktop
Ubuntu Release Notes: https://discourse.ubuntu.com/t/impish-indri-release-notes/21951