Canonical unveiled recently releasing the new version of Ubuntu 21.04 which comes with various changes that were announced during the development stage.
Among the main novelties that are presented in Ubuntu 21.04 «Hirsute Hippo» we can find that Linux kernel has been updated to version 5.11, including support for Intel SGX enclaves, a new mechanism for intercepting system calls, a virtual auxiliary bus, fast filtering of system calls in seccomp, termination of support for the ia64 architecture, transfer of WiMAX technology to staging branch, the ability to encapsulate SCTP in UDP.
While pFor the desktop part, GNOME version 3.38 is included, but with the characteristic that is include GNOME applications synchronized with GNOME 40 development. This decision not to include version 40 was due to Canonical developers mentioning that the transition to the new version was still premature.
Another novelty that is presented in this new version is the Native Microsoft Active Directory integration and an application development SDK.
Separately, Canonical and Microsoft announced performance tweaks and joint support for Microsoft SQL Server on Ubuntu, which means that the Microsoft SQL Server Database Management System (DBMS) and its command line interface (CLI) are now available in Azure optimized Ubuntu images and that's not all.
The version also supports Microsoft Active Directory, a directory service, responsible for centralized domain management and developed by Microsoft for Windows domain networks.
"Native Active Directory integration and Microsoft SQL Server certification on Ubuntu are top priorities for our business customers," said Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical CEO. For developers and innovators, Ubuntu 21.04 offers Wayland and Flutter for smoother graphics and clean, beautiful, design-focused cross-platform development. Here's an overview of Ubuntu, Microsoft Active Directory, and Microsoft SQL Server.
On the other hand, we can also find that this new version of Ubuntu 21.04 use Wayland by default (when using proprietary NVIDIA drivers, by default), which Canonical heralds as a significant advancement in security, as Firefox, OBS Studio, and many applications built with Electron and Flutter automatically leverage Wayland for smoother graphics and better graphics today. divided scale.
Flutter SDK instant build integration makes it easy to publish the Flutter application cross-platform for millions of Linux desktop users to install with one click.
“Ubuntu machines can join an Active Directory (AD) domain during installation for centralized configuration. AD administrators can now manage Ubuntu desktops, making it easier to comply with company policies. Ubuntu 21.04 provides the ability to configure system settings from an AD domain controller. With a group policy client, system administrators can specify security policies on all connected clients, such as password policies and user access control, as well as user settings, desktop environment, such as login screen , background and favorite apps.
Also, to maintain backward compatibility, the iptables-nft package is available, which provides utilities with the same command line syntax as in iptables, but translates the resulting rules to the nf_tables bytecode.
Regarding the updated versions of applications and subsystems We can find that PulseAudio 14, BlueZ 5.56, NetworkManager 1.30, Firefox 87, LibreOffice 7.1.2-rc2, Thunderbird 78.8.1, Darktable 3.4.1, Inkscape 1.0.2, Scribus 188.8.131.52, OBS 26.1 are included. 2, KDEnlive 20.12.3, Blender 2.83.5, Krita 4.4.3, GIMP 2.10.22.
Also, GPIO support was added in Raspberry Pi builds (via libgpiod and liblgpio). Compute Module 4 boards now support Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Finally if you are interested in knowing more about it about this release, you can check the details by going to the following link.
Download Ubuntu 21.04 "Hirsute Hippo"
For those who are interested in being able to try the new version of Ubuntu, you should know that it is already available for download, but because many will try to download the new version, you may download it from the FTP server be slow, so when the time comes I recommend you choose to download by another method other than direct download, such as using torrent.