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“Eoan Ermine”

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

Such as? Well, that’s what this post is here to tell you.

This is our comprehensive and continually updated rundown of everything you need to know about Ubuntu 19.10, codename ‘Eoan Ermine’.

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Ubuntu 19.10: What You Need to Know

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 is currently earmarked for an early autumn launch:

  • 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 may 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. That way, any implementation or usability issues can be found and ironed out well 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.

More details on what’s planned for GNOME 3.34 will be revealed over the coming months.

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 may be made more accessible in Eoan, perhaps through a Display > Scale setting in System Settings, perhaps with caveats and caution applied.

Other planned changes:

  • Theme support for Snap apps
  • Multi-monitor GDM
  • Shipping NVIDIA drivers on the ISO
  • Guest Session support in login screen
  • Installer slideshow revamp
  • Moving TLP to main + potential new power options
  • Fwupd available as a Snap
  • Improved keyboard navigation
  • Improved touch navigation

We’ll update the list above (and the rest of this post) as more plans are revealed, cancelled, and so on.

One thing you’re unlikely to find in Eoan is GSConnect by default. After failing to make the grade twice in the past this GNOME extension, which lets you integrate your Android phone with Ubuntu, is not currently earmarked for inclusion, despite Windows 10 picking up similar features recently.

The extension will, however, be accessible via the repos, so that’s something!

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! Just keep in mind that these images are “alpha” quality snapshots and 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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