Canonical has released a beta version of the upcoming Ubuntu 21.10 ‘Impish Indri.’ A stable release is scheduled for October 14 this year. In this article, let’s look at the new features and changes in Impish Indri.
Before we begin, here’s the link to the official Beta ISO of Ubuntu 21.10. Make sure to put it on download while we take you on a tour of what’s new in the build.
Ubuntu 21.10 Impish Indri Features
One of the major additions to Ubuntu 21.10 is the inclusion of GNOME 40. Ubuntu 21.04 did not come with the same due to the redesign of the GNOME shell, which would’ve impacted GNOME Extensions.
If you want to know more about GNOME 40 features, check out our GNOME 40 features overview Ft. Fedora 34 article. TL;DR, we’ll go over some of the features below.
By clicking on the “Activities” section (or the super key), you can now see and switch between both Windows and Workspaces. The Ubuntu dock is still present on the left-hand side. There’s a separator line that separates the Trash can and running apps from the app icons.
Other features include new trackpad gestures for switching workspaces and moving between app pages in the launcher. The default theme here is, as you predicted, Yaru light by default, and Ubuntu has ditched the mixed theme.
Apps like Mozilla Firefox, Thunderbird, and LibreOffice have been updated to their latest versions. Apart from that, like how GNOME 3.38 includes GNOME 40 apps, GNOME 40 comes with GNOME 41 updated apps like Calendar, GNOME Disk Utility, and System Monitor.
To learn more about the release, here’s the link to the official Impish Indri release post.
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