Eaon Ermine
An “Ermine” is a white stoat

Ubuntu 19.10 is due for release on October 17, 2019, and a crop of new features and neat changes are planned to ship inside it.

This article will tell you all you need to know about Ubuntu 19.10 “Eoan Ermine” ahead of its release date.

We keep this posted updated with new release details as and when they are revealed (or we find them).

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Ubuntu 19.10 “Eoan Ermine”

Ubuntu 19.10 Release Date

The Ubuntu 19.10 release date is set for October 17, 2019. This is the date listed on the official release schedule up on the Ubuntu wiki.

Other key dates during the Eoan Ermine development cycle are also listed, including:

  • Feature Freeze: August 22, 2019
  • Kernel Freeze: September 26, 2019
  • Final Freeze: October 10, 2019

If you’re itching to download the Ubuntu 19.10 beta, jot down this date:

  • Beta Release: September 26, 2019

The final, stable Ubuntu 19.10 release emerges on to download servers in the middle of October:

  • Final Release: October 17, 2019

Keep in mind that all of these dates are subject to change, last minute delays, and the like. It’s rare, but it’s possible!

New Features & Planned Changes

Ubuntu 19.10 development nearing completion, so we now know a lot about the features and changes it plans to ship with.

“Ubuntu 19.10 will ship Nvidia graphics drivers on the ISO for use in live sessions”

Fist up: because this is the last short-term release before the next long-term support (LTS) release is due, Ubuntu devs will opt to introduce some major changes now.

This way, they can iron out any implementation or usability issues ahead of next April.

And the biggest single change in Ubuntu 19.10 is the decision to include NVIDIA drivers on the ISO install image. This will make it much easier for Ubuntu users to install the proprietary (closed source) drives for their hardware (for better performance).

The bulk of the GNOME 3.34 desktop release in September will form the basis of the next Ubuntu release, with new versions of core apps like Todo, Document Scanner and Nautilus included.

The look of Ubuntu 19.10 was only expected to feature contemplative adjustments until recently. Now the release will ship with a new lighter Yaru theme.

Good news for the impatient: initial boot speeds should be faster too, thanks to some nifty decompression tech.

Fractional scaling support in Ubuntu 19.04 was deemed too experimental to be enabled by default, but shipped as a hidden option. This setting could be made more accessible in Eoan, perhaps through a Display > Scale setting in System Settings (albeit with caveats and caution applied), but it’s unlikely to be default.

Other changes in Ubuntu 19.10:

And yes: there’s a new Ubuntu 19.10 wallpaper!

What won’t be included

Developers did look into moving TLP to main for this cycle, intending to take advantage of additional power options the utility offers. However, for now, this has been decided against.

Also postponed are plans to improve GNOME Shell keyboard shortcuts and make ‘touch’ improvements to the overall UI.

Finally, despite earlier indications that it might, Eoan won’t feature GSConnect by default.

The nifty GNOME extension which lets you integrate your Android phone with Ubuntu is no longer earmarked for inclusion in 19.10, despite Windows 10 picking up similar features.

Also seemingly abandoned are plans to revamp the slideshow that plays during installation during this cycle.

Download Ubuntu 19.10 Daily Builds

Want to try the Eoan Ermine ahead of its stable release in October?

Well, thanks to daily builds, you can! As “alpha” quality snapshots, these images are not intended for everyday usage.

But for tracking development and testing they are essential! Download and install now then keep installing updates as they arrive so that, come October 17, you’re running the full and final release.

Download Ubuntu 19.10 Daily Build (64-bit .iso)

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