Ubuntu 19.10 new features: ‘Eoan Ermine’ is a calm one

An Ermine standing on the ground while looking far

Ubuntu 19.10 will be the second release of year 2019 of the popular Ubuntu distribution, this article will collect information about this new release.

Codename and version

An Ermine standing on the ground while looking far

After the Disco Dingo, Ubuntu 19.10 will be called “Eoan Ermine“.

The stoat (Mustela erminea), also known as the short-tailed weasel or simply the weasel in Ireland where the least weasel does not live, is a mammal of the genus Mustela of the family Mustelidae native to Eurasia and North America, distinguished from the least weasel by its larger size and longer tail with a prominent black tip. Originally from Eurasia, it crossed into North America some 500,000 years ago, where it naturalized and joined the notably larger, closely related native long-tailed weasel.

From Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia.

For those unfamiliar with Ubuntu’s naming, every Ubuntu release uses two codes:

  • Codename: both names start with a letter, the first name is usually an adjective and the second one is an animal. The letters are chosen in order, if a release starts with A the next release will use letter B.
  • Version: the version is a combination of the year and the month of the release. E.g. Ubuntu 18.04 (2018April, April = 04, hence 18.04). Ubuntu is usually released on April and October. The last two numbers usually being .04 and .10.
  • LTS: once every two years a Long Term Support version is released. Normal releases are supported for 9 months, LTS releases are supported for 5 years. An LTS release is usually more stable and will receive enough security updates to be in production for several years.

How do I install Ubuntu 19.10?

When it will be released you will find a step-by-step tutorial here.

When will it be released?

Ubuntu 19.10 is currently scheduled to be released on the 17th October 2018.

  • 30th May: Feature Definition Freeze
  • 22nd August: Feature Freeze
  • 26th September: Kernel Freeze, Beta freeze
  • 10th October: Final Freeze, Release Candidate
  • 17th October: Ubuntu 19.10 Release

nVidia Drivers in ISO

The most prominent change in Ubutnu 19.10 is the nVidia drivers presence on the installation media. If you have ever used nVidia hardware on Ubuntu (or any other operating system) you know there are tasks to be completed even after you successfully install the operating system. With this change, one of such tasks (which was already pretty easy on Ubuntu) has been deducted from the number of tasks and automated.

Ubuntu 19.10: ZFS installation from the installer

ZFS is the filesystem that prevents silent data corruption. After including ZFS in Ubuntu 16.04, Canonical is now taking one step further. By allowing a system to be installed through ZFS you can now get all the features ZFS provides out-of-the-box (of course you will need suitable hardware).

GNOME 3.34

GNOME 3.34 has been released on September 2019, and it will be included in Ubuntu 19.10. Aside the usual performance/usability enhancement, we can see an enhanced calendar app and GNOME Shell that allows (finally) folders within the main menu.

Miscellaneous improvements

  • Linux 5.3
  • Improved Yaru theme
  • Improved Snap integration
  • GCC 9
  • Faster boot with LZ4

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