I find it a bit sad that Firefox is making the news these days, but it is what it is. And it is that Mozilla and Canonical, and not vice versa, decided that it was a good idea to add the default snap version of Firefox in Ubuntu 21.10. The rest of the flavors were not obliged to make the change, but they will be in six months. For this reason, one of the “novelties” mentioned by some official and unofficial flavors, such as Ubuntu Cinnamon 21.10, is that they keep the DEB format.
Everything seems to indicate that the Ubuntu family will grow in the future. Currently, following the return of Ubuntu to GNOME and the discontinuation of that edition, there are eight official flavors. In the future cinnamon is expected to “enter the menu”, and will do so before or after Ubuntu Unity and UbuntuDDE. Also working on Ubuntu Web, which will be an open source alternative to Chrome OS that will be based on Firefox. Family issues aside, today’s news is that Ubuntu Cinnamon 21.10 is now available.
Ubuntu Cinnamon 21.10 Highlights
- Linux 5.13.
- Supported for 9 months, until July 2022.
- Cinnamon 4.8.6. They say they should be on 5.0.5, but it didn’t get to the Debian Bullseye freeze in time, so it happened to them like 19.10 and they had to use the same environment as in the last release. The good news is that it is more tested and contains fewer bugs.
- Firefox 93 in the DEB version. As in the rest of the flavors, they will use the snap in 22.04.
- GIMP 2.10.24.
- The desktop uses some GNOME apps, and in this release there are 3.38, 40 / 40.1. They don’t mention anything about GNOME 41.
- LibreOffice 7.2.1.
- Support for GTK4 in Yaru-Cinnamon.
- Python 3.9, Ruby 2.7, PHP 8.0, Perl 5.32.1, GNU Compiler Collection 11.2.0
Joshua Peisach, project leader, says that even though the same version of Cinnamon is used as six months ago, kernel and some packages worth updating newer like the last point. I would add something else: 21.04 was also a normal cycle release, and if we don’t update now in October it will have to be done in January; It will not last until 22.04, so it is better to update now, receive everything new and forget about it.
The Ubuntu Cinnamon 21.10 ISO image is available at this link.