Release of the Year: What’s New in Ubuntu “Eoan Ermine” 19.10?

The very much anticipated release of Ubuntu’s latest cool project is finally upon us and the dev team made sure not to disappoint. Codenamed Eoan Ermine, Ubuntu 19.10 is the next big step that will usher us to version 20.04 LTS by allowing to enjoy a variety of options with official support for the next 9 months.

Did you know that Eoan is derived from the Greek word ἠώς which translates to a property of “dawn” or relating to the East? As is expected by the naming convention committee, an Ermine is a short-tailed weasel also know as “the weasel in Ireland where the least weasel does not live” or “stoat“.

If you’re not running Eoan Ermine and the fancy animal name has won you over, wait till you see the new features that it’s shipping with.

New features in Ubuntu “Eoan Ermine” 19.10

Let’s quickly take a look into Ubuntu Linux 19.10 features.

GNOME 3.34

As Eoan Ermine ships with the latest version of GNOME in the form of 3.34, users will enjoy several benefits including the ability to view and see and set all available pictures for wallpaper and lock screen backgrounds from the same panel.

The Night Light feature now has its own tab in the Display settings section and you can use it even when your location services are not online.

The default Yaru theme now has 2 “light” and “dark” variants which is supported by all GTK apps for a consistent look and feel across the system. Before now, it was only the top panel that was dark while the rest of the window layout remained white when you select the Yaru dark variant.

Also, you can finally organize your app icons into folders and enjoy other benefits of the GNOME 3.34 such as slicker animations and smoother scrolling to mention a few. All these, you are bound to notice as you work with the system.

Gnome Desktop

Gnome Desktop

ZFS File Support

Although still in an experimental phase, Ubuntu 19.10 ships with native support for the ZFS filesystem and you can choose it as a replacement for the default EXT4 filesystem during a new installation.

ZFS Filesystem

ZFS Filesystem

Nvidia Graphics Drivers

Ubuntu 19.10 ISO ships containing proprietary NVIDIA graphics drivers which allows users to install Ubuntu 19.10 together with NVIDIA drivers in one go even if the system is offline. Don’t worry about the size cost, it’s just an additional 115 MB.

Quicker Boot-Time

When the installation is complete, you’ll discover that your system boots significantly faster than its predecessors. This is because Ubuntu now uses LZ4 compression algorithms which gives the kernel a positive boost.

Linux 5.3 Kernel + Toolchain

Ubuntu 19.10 enjoys a huge performance by virtue of running kernel 5.3 alongside new improvements such as:

  • Initial support for AMDGPU Navi, including the Radeon RX 5700
  • Intel HDR display support for Icelake, Geminilake
  • Support for the MacBook & MacBook Pro keyboards
  • 16 million new IPv4 addresses
  • Native file SWAP in F2FS
  • x86 Zhaoxin processors support
  • Improved support for NVIDIA Jetson Nano
  • Support for computing shader in Broadcom V3D driver
  • EXT4 Speed improvements for case-insensitive lookups

Apart from those, Eoan Ermine boasts several under the hood changes such as updates to GCC 9, Mesa 19.2, Python 3.7, Golang 1.12, and OpenJDK 11.

What about 32-bit Architecture?

Ubuntu’s plan was to not support 32-bit architectures in this release but they had to change their mind after Valve expressed their disapproval and went to the extent of stating that Steam will no longer support Ubuntu.

Ubuntu has therefore decided to make a version of the 19.10 for 32-bit systems while keeping just the minimum amount of library files necessary. This means that users can upgrade their 32-bit OS from within their OS or install it using a minimalCD or network installer.

How to Update from Ubuntu 19.04 to 19.10

To update from Ubuntu 19.04 to Ubuntu 19.10, first, you need to backup all your important data and then run the following apt commands to update software packages on the system.

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt upgrade

Once the upgrade process completes, install the update-manager-core package.

$ sudo apt install update-manager-core

Open /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades file and make sure to set Prompt line to Prompt=normal.

Configure Ubuntu Release Upgrades

Configure Ubuntu Release Upgrades

Now run the following upgrade tool to start the upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions.

$ sudo do-release-upgrade -d
Upgrading from Ubuntu 19.04 to Ubuntu 19.10

Upgrading from Ubuntu 19.04 to Ubuntu 19.10

Once the Ubuntu upgrade process completes, you can reboot the system and verify the Ubuntu version as shown.

$ lsb_release -a
$ cat /etc/os-release
Check Ubuntu Version

Check Ubuntu Version

Download Ubuntu Linux 19.10 DVD/ISO images

Are you ready to grab Ubuntu “Eoan Erminie” ISO? Hit this button to download the file directly.

  1. Download Ubuntu 19.10 Desktop ISO Image
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Read Also: 20 Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 19.10 ‘Eoan Ermine’

Are you happy about this latest release? What are your favorite changes and will you install it or skip this version until 20.04 LTS is released in April next year? Drop your cents in the comments section below.

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Martins D. Okoi

Martins Divine Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Graphic Designer, Web Developer, and programmer.

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