Ubuntu 20.10 Beta is ready for download for the users who want to try all Groovy Gorilla‘s new features. The developers informed that this is the only Beta release planned for Groovy Gorilla development cycle. The release candidate is also going to be published in a few weeks.
New features in Ubuntu 20.10 Beta
Ubuntu 20.10 comes with GNOME 3.38, the latest stable version of the popular desktop environment, GNOME. GNOME 3.38 allows users to rearrange app icons in the Applications grid by manually using the drag and drop feature. It also brings paging to app folders and a new restart option in the main system menu.
Users can turn a laptop into a Wi-Fi hotspot shareable via QR code. GNOME 3.38 enables battery percentage from the Settings app without using a tweak tool. It also shows upcoming calendar events in the message tray, beneath the calendar widget, which seems very user-friendly.
This Beta version is based on the latest Linux 5.8 kernel. Among with many improvements, Linux 5.8 provides a better AMD Renoir support, adds connectivity for Thunderbolt 5 on ARM devices, ships with new exFAT drivers, and a better power management.
The Beta version has updated versions of core open source software like LibreOffice 7.0, Thunderbird 78, and Mozilla Firefox 81, which has now a high-precision scrolling on Linux. Updated built-in screenshot tool is simplified.
Python, Ruby, Perl and PHP packages are also updated to the latest stable versions. The developers made improvements on security, nftables is now the default backend for the firewall.
This Beta release includes images from the Ubuntu Desktop, Server, and Cloud editions as well as Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, UbuntuKylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio, and Xubuntu flavors. The release notes for the official flavours can be found at the following links:
- Kubuntu Release Notes
- Lubuntu Release Notes
- Ubuntu Budgie Release Notes
- Ubuntu Kylin Release Notes
- Ubuntu MATE Release Notes
- Ubuntu Studio Release Notes
- Xubuntu Release Notes
Ubuntu 20.10 (Groovy Gorilla) Beta download