Ubuntu 21.04 Hirsute Hippo has arrived

Today was the day that any Ubuntu user was waiting for and it is here. The day and time has come: the launch of Ubuntu 21.04 is now official, so we can now download the new images from the page cdimage.ubuntu.com, something valid for Ubuntu and its seven official flavors, which at the moment are Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu Mate, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu Studio and Ubuntu Kylin. From the looks of it, the family will grow, but that will still have to wait.

It is more than likely that this release will offer a bittersweet taste to users of the main version of the system developed by Canonical. And yes, there is a new version of the normal cycle, but there is a more than notable absence: GNOME 40 will not be used never in Ubuntu officially, since, according to plans, the version that will be launched next October will make the direct jump to GNOME 41. But the important thing is what we already have in hand, and below you have a list with the most news highlights that have arrived with Ubuntu 21.04.

Highlights of Ubuntu 21.04 Hirsute Hippo

  • Supported for 9 months, until January 2022.
  • Linux 5.11.
  • Performance has been slightly improved.
  • Private personal directories. Surprising that this is new, but it is. Now switch to permission level 750.
  • It is maintained in GNOME 3.38 and GTK3.
  • Improvements and / or changes in GNOME Shell:
    • Dark theme by default in the panels, which is also darker than the one used by Groovy Gorilla.
    • The menu that appears when you right-click shows the lines in a different contrast.
    • Mounted drives appear in the upper right.
  • GNOME 40 applications, or at least some of them.
  • Power management option for laptops. You can choose a profile to prioritize performance, save energy, or a compromise.
  • Updated packages, among which we have Firefox, Thunderbird and LibreOffice (7.1).
  • Wayland by default, which will allow developers time to improve it for Ubuntu 22.04, the next LTS version. Regarding this novelty, it must be taken into account that many applications will not work, such as applications to record the screen, until they add support.
  • DING extension installed by default, with which we can drag articles from / to the desktop, something that was not possible since Ubuntu 19.04.
  • Python 3.9.

Ubuntu 21.04 Hirsute Hippo it’s official, and it can be installed from the same operating system with the sudo command do-release-upgrade or using the new ISOs that are available where we have indicated at the beginning of this article. Soon you will be able to download it from the official website as well. Let’s enjoy it.