Ubuntu 21.04 (Hirsute Hippo) released

Ubuntu 21.04, codenamed “Hirsute Hippo”, is here. This release continues Ubuntu’s proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at work through this cycle, partnering with the community and our partners, to introduce new features and fix bugs.

Ubuntu Desktop 21.04 uses Wayland graphics by default, strengthening security while enhancing performance. 21.04 comes with improved AD (Active Directory) integration where user authentication, with Group Policy enabled, works out of the box to allow administrators to manage Ubuntu workstations and simplify developer compliance with company policies. Ubuntu 21.04 also adds the ability to configure system settings from an Active Directory domain controller. Using a Group Policy Client, system administrators can specify security policies on all connected clients, such as password policies and user access control, and Desktop environment settings, such as login screen, background and favourite apps.

Ubuntu Server 21.04 integrates recent innovations from key open infrastructure projects like Openstack Wallaby, Rails 6, QEMU 5.2, libvirt 7.0, Kubernetes, and Ceph with advanced life-cycle management tools for multi-cloud and on-prem operations from bare metal, VMWare and Openstack, to every major public cloud.

The Ubuntu Kernel has been updated to the 5.11 based Linux kernel, our default toolchain has moved to gcc 10.3.0 release with glibc 2.33, and we’ve also updated to openssl 1.1.1.

The newest Ubuntu Budgie, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio, and Xubuntu are also being released today. More details can be found for these at their individual release notes under the Official Flavours section:

https://discourse.ubuntu.com/t/hirsute-hippo-release-notes/

Maintenance updates will be provided for 9 months for all flavours releasing with 21.04.

To get Ubuntu 21.04

In order to download Ubuntu 21.04, visit:

https://ubuntu.com/download

Users of Ubuntu 20.10 will be offered an automatic upgrade to 21.04 in due course once an upgrade bug in the “shim” bootloader is fixed. For further information about upgrading, see:

https://ubuntu.com/download/desktop/upgrade

and

https://discourse.ubuntu.com/t/19221/#heading–release-upgrades

As always, upgrades to the latest version of Ubuntu are entirely free of charge.

We recommend that all users read the release notes, which document caveats, workarounds for known issues, as well as more in-depth notes on the release itself. They are available at:

https://discourse.ubuntu.com/t/hirsute-hippo-release-notes/

Find out what’s new in this release with a graphical overview:

https://ubuntu.com/desktop
https://ubuntu.com/desktop/features

If you have a question, or if you think you may have found a bug but aren’t sure, you can try asking in any of the following places:

#ubuntu on irc.freenode.net
https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-users
https://ubuntuforums.org
https://askubuntu.com
https://discourse.ubuntu.com

Help Shape Ubuntu

If you would like to help shape Ubuntu, take a look at the list of ways you can participate at:

https://discourse.ubuntu.com/contribute

About Ubuntu

Ubuntu is a full-featured Linux distribution for desktops, laptops, IoT, cloud, and servers, with a fast and easy installation and regular releases. A tightly-integrated selection of excellent applications is included, and an incredible variety of add-on software is just a few clicks away.

Professional services including support are available from Canonical and hundreds of other companies around the world. For more information about support, visit:

https://ubuntu.com/support

More Information

You can learn more about Ubuntu and about this release on our website listed below:

https://ubuntu.com

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Originally posted to the ubuntu-announce mailing list on Thu Apr 22 17:02:00 UTC 2021 by Łukasz ‘sil2100’ Zemczak, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team

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Ubuntu 21.04 (Hirsute Hippo) Final Beta released

The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the Beta release of the Ubuntu 21.04 Desktop, Server, and Cloud products.

21.04, codenamed “Hirsute Hippo”, continues Ubuntu’s proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs.

This Beta release includes images from not only the Ubuntu Desktop, Server, and Cloud products, but also the Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, UbuntuKylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio, and Xubuntu flavours.

The Beta images are known to be reasonably free of showstopper image build or installer bugs, while representing a very recent snapshot of 21.04 that should be representative of the features intended to ship with the final release expected on April 22nd, 2021.

Ubuntu, Ubuntu Server, Cloud Images

Hirsute Beta includes updated versions of most of our core set of packages, including a current 5.11 kernel, and much more.

To upgrade to Ubuntu 21.04 Beta from Ubuntu 20.10, follow these instructions:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/HirsuteUpgrades

The Ubuntu 21.04 Beta images can be downloaded at:

http://releases.ubuntu.com/21.04/ (Ubuntu and Ubuntu Server on x86)

This Ubuntu Server image features the next generation Subiquity server installer, bringing the comfortable live session and speedy install of the Ubuntu Desktop to server users.

Additional images can be found at the following links:

http://cloud-images.ubuntu.com/daily/server/hirsute/current/ (Cloud Images)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/21.04/beta/ (Non-x86)

As fixes will be included in new images between now and release, any daily cloud image from today or later (i.e. a serial of 20210401 or higher) should be considered a Beta image. Bugs found should be filed against the appropriate packages or, failing that, the cloud-images project in Launchpad.

The full release notes for Ubuntu 21.04 Beta can be found at:

https://discourse.ubuntu.com/t/hirsute-hippo-release-notes

Kubuntu

Kubuntu is the KDE based flavour of Ubuntu. It uses the Plasma desktop and includes a wide selection of tools from the KDE project.

The Beta images can be downloaded at:
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/21.04/beta/

Lubuntu

Lubuntu is a flavor of Ubuntu which uses the Lightweight Qt Desktop Environment (LXQt). The project’s goal is to provide a lightweight yet functional Linux distribution based on a rock-solid Ubuntu base.

The Beta images can be downloaded at:
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/releases/21.04/beta/

Ubuntu Budgie

Ubuntu Budgie is community developed desktop, integrating Budgie Desktop Environment with Ubuntu at its core.

The Beta images can be downloaded at:
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-budgie/releases/21.04/beta/

UbuntuKylin

UbuntuKylin is a flavor of Ubuntu that is more suitable for Chinese users.

The Beta images can be downloaded at:
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntukylin/releases/21.04/beta/

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE is a flavor of Ubuntu featuring the MATE desktop environment.

The Beta images can be downloaded at:
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-mate/releases/21.04/beta/

Ubuntu Studio

Ubuntu Studio is a flavor of Ubuntu that provides a full range of multimedia content creation applications for each key workflow: audio, graphics, video, photography and publishing.

The Beta images can be downloaded at:
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/21.04/beta/

Xubuntu

Xubuntu is a flavor of Ubuntu that comes with Xfce, which is a stable, light and configurable desktop environment.

The Beta images can be downloaded at:
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/21.04/beta/

Regular daily images

Regular daily images for Ubuntu, and all flavours, can be found at:
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com

Ubuntu is a full-featured Linux distribution for clients, servers and clouds, with a fast and easy installation and regular releases. A tightly-integrated selection of excellent applications is included, and an incredible variety of add-on software is just a few clicks away.

Professional technical support is available from Canonical Limited and hundreds of other companies around the world. For more information about support, visit https://ubuntu.com/support

If you would like to help shape Ubuntu, take a look at the list of ways you can participate at: https://ubuntu.com/community/participate

Your comments, bug reports, patches and suggestions really help us to improve this and future releases of Ubuntu. Instructions can be found at: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ReportingBugs

You can find out more about Ubuntu and about this beta release on our website, IRC channel and wiki.

To sign up for future Ubuntu announcements, please subscribe to Ubuntu’s very low volume announcement list at:

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Originally posted to the ubuntu-announce mailing list on Thu Apr 1 20:26:42 UTC 2021 by Łukasz ‘sil2100’ Zemczak, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team