Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) has been officially released. If you want to know what new features and improvements this new Ubuntu release includes, read on.
This Ubuntu version is supported until January 2020. For longer supported versions, use Ubuntu 18.04 LTS instead, which is supported until April 2023.
Ubuntu 19.04 uses the latest stable version of GNOME 3.32
For the 19.04 release, Ubuntu uses the latest stable version of GNOME 3.32 (some components are updated to 3.32.1). This includes GNOME Shell, settings, GDM3, and core applications such as Gedit (text editor), software, GNOME Terminal, and more.
The GNOME 3.32 release contains quite a list of changes, such as:
- Mutter and GNOME Shell should be faster in this release, thanks to multiple performance improvements to the underlying data structure, these properties make animations, icon grids, and top panels faster and more flexible. Also, some blocking operations were removed from the main loop, this should fix random pauses seen by some people
- GNOME 3.32 brings score scaling improvements and bug fixes, although the feature is still considered experimental (requires options enabled via gsettings). But starting with this GNOME version, the shell will draw all its elements with good visual quality at any fractional scale value, and for each monitor
- The “New Application” panel in Settings, which includes some existing settings for notifications, sounds and searches, and application permissions, which can be built-in, cannot be changed, or can be controlled by the user, allowing the user to revoke If the user wants it.
- Redesigned GNOME sound settings-now uses vertical layout for more intuitive placement options
- Nightlights now support warmer / colder color temperature settings
- Google Drive performance has been improved, especially for large files
- GNOME Terminal now uses title bar when running in GNOME or GNOME Classic
- DConf editor: editable path bar, improved bookmark popups, and features that run on very small screens
Some of these changes can be seen below.
GNOME 3.32 contains a number of changes that I have already covered on Linux Uprising, so it is recommended that you check out the new features and improvements in GNOME 3.32 for a more complete list of improvements.
|Desktop icon extension is used by default on Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo)|
For desktop icons, Ubuntu 19.04 Disco Dingo removed the Nautilus patch and now uses the Desktop Icons extension released with GNOME 3.32. The extension restores traditional desktop icons while providing more features than Nautilus, including multi-monitor support and Wayland support, as well as thumbnails, resizable icons, symbolic links, keyboard shortcuts, and rename Files and other general functions.This also means that GNOME Files (Nautilus) has been updated to the latest version (3.32) in Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) after both Ubuntu versions have stayed at version 3.26. Starting with version 3.26, the Files app has support for starring files and folders, moving searches to the title bar, and more. For experimental scaling, these changes are only included in Wayland’s GNOME 3.32, but Ubuntu has implemented this as well as Xorg sessions (default). You can see how to enable it here. I do n’t have a HiDPI monitor, so I ca n’t comment on how this feature works.
More improvements in Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo)
Nvidia proprietary drivers available from the Ubuntu installer
For users using Nvidia GPU, the Ubuntu 19.04 installer can choose the most suitable driver for your GPU version and then install it. If user enabled
Install third-party software for graphics and Wi-Fi hardware and additional media formats During Ubuntu installation:
According to Jason Evangelho Forbes articleThis feature is supported in all Ubuntu 19.04 Disco Dingo flavors except Lubuntu.
A known issue is when selecting the “Third Party Drivers” option during the installation process-there is a long pause before proceeding with the installation. The issue is not resolved, but the installation works, you just have to wait a few moments.
Tracker installed by default
Tracker is installed by default with Ubuntu 19.04. Tracker is a file system indexer, metadata storage system, and search tool, and has been used by some GNOME features and applications. Once Tracker is installed, you can use the Nautilus batch rename feature with metadata tags, you can search for files and folders from the Activity Overview, or use the Files application (it also supports full text with Tracker Search) to search faster. So far, it has not been installed by default due to performance issues, but these issues appear to have been resolved.
Gtk, GNOME Shell, and icon themes have also been further improved and updated:
As of Ubuntu 18.10, other changes to Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) include:
- A new option has been added to the Grub menu, which will go through
NOMODESETTo resolve graphics issues and allow users to launch and install any proprietary drivers they need
- Right-click processing is now “Area” by default. This allows you to right-click with two fingers or click in the lower right corner of the touchpad
- The preview order of windows in the dock is now static and based on the order in which windows were added
- Alt + Tab processing now switches windows by default. Applications can be switched by Super + Tab by default
- The “Livepatch” tab has been added to “Software and Updates”, but not for Ubuntu 19.04, because Canonical’s Livepatch feature (applying security patches that do not require a system restart) is only supported for Ubuntu long-term releases. This feature is implemented so it can be backported to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
- Using Linux 5.0 by default brings:
- AMD FreeSync support (paired with Mesa 19.0)
- Initial support for NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2000 “Turing” graphics card support for Nouveau
- Supports AMD Radeon Picasso and Raven2, and enables non-experimental support for Radeon Vega20
- Swap file support for Btrfs file system
- Initial 802.11ax WiFi support
- Added official Raspberry Pi touchscreen driver in mainline
- Initial HDMI 2.0 support for Nouveau drivers
- Mesa 19.0.2 supports AMD FreeSync, AMD Zen thread optimization and other improvements
- Xorg server 1.20.4, received only bug fixes since version 1.20.1 provided in Ubuntu 18.10
- Updated toolchain: glibc 2.29, OpenJDK 11.0.3, boost 22.214.171.124, rustc 1.32.0, GCC 8.3 (optional GCC 9), Python 3.7.3, ruby 2.5.1, php 7.2.15, perl 5.28 .1 and golang 1.10.4.
Download Ubuntu 19.04
For those who want to upgrade to Ubuntu 18.10, the upgrade process is the same as the process to upgrade to Ubuntu 18.04. It is worth noting that Ubuntu users can now keep PPA and third-party repositories enabled when upgrading to a newer Ubuntu version (such as 19.04).