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“Eoan Ermine”

Ubuntu 19.10 is due for release on October 17, 2019, bringing a crop of new features and neat changes with it.

Such as? Well, keep reading as this article will tell you all you need to know about Ubuntu 19.10 “Eoan Ermine” ahead of its release.

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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 draft 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

Itching to download the Ubuntu 19.10 beta? It’ll arrive:

  • Beta Release: September 26, 2019

The final, stable Ubuntu 19.10 release will emerge on to download servers the world over 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 getting underway, and we already know a fair bit about the new features and major changes planned for it.

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

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

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

The GNOME 3.34 desktop release in September will form the basis of the next Ubuntu release. This update will include new versions of core apps like Nautilus, Evince and Calendar, and may also feature a revamped sound recorder tool.

The coming months will reveal more details about what’s planned for GNOME 3.34.

With Ubuntu firmly settled on its new look, Yaru, expect to see contemplative adjustments here and there, particularly around the “Software” set of icons, Ubuntu Software, Software & Updates, Software Updater, etc.

The experimental Xorg fractional scaling setting which debuted in the Ubuntu 19.04 release could be more accessible in Eoan, perhaps through a Display > Scale setting in System Settings (with caveats and caution applied).

Other planned changes:

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.

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.

GSConnect will remain available to install via the repos.

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’re essential. Just download, install, and then keep installing updates as they arrive and, come October 17, you’ll have the full and final release.

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

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