Ubuntu 21.10 released – gHacks Tech News

The next version of Ubuntu, 21.10 “Impish Indri” has been released, with nine months of support since it is not an LTS version.

This version of Ubuntu comes with some new features and great performance, at least on my system.

  • Ryzen 5 3500x
  • 16 GB DDR4 3000Mhz
  • NVIDIA GTX 1660 Super
  • 3 monitors @ 1080p (2x60hz and 1x 144hz)
  • Ubuntu installed on a SATA SSD.

New features and updated apps

Ubuntu 21.20 brings new multitouch gestures, available when using Wayland, by default. Additionally, 21.10 now has a persistent tin can icon in its dock, rather than a desktop icon, making it a nicer workflow option. Also, speaking of Wayland, NVIDIA users can now use Wayland when using proprietary drivers.

The latest version of Pipewire is included with this install of Ubuntu, which allows a variety of tools and apps such as screen sharing apps to work better with Wayland. Wayland is finally starting to really shine, compared to the buggy mess it had been for the last few years.

Some updated software included with Ubuntu 21.10 are:

  • LibreOffice 7.2
  • Thunderbird 91
  • The GNOME 41 Calendar application, the Characters application, the GNOME Disk Utility, the Eye of GNOME Image Viewer, and the GNOME System Monitor.

Additionally, this version of Ubuntu now ships with the Firefox Snap app by default, but the repository version is also supported.


I was very surprised at how quickly this Ubuntu install went and how responsive the system was. No matter what app I launched, or how many I opened at the same time, I was unable to realistically push my system to the point that it absolutely didn’t fly … I installed Ubuntu Regularly SATA SSD, not my NVME drive, but performance was lightning fast compared to other distros and desktop environment setups I’ve tested recently. With Firefox and 5 tabs open, LibreOffice Writer open, and Spotify playing music, my CPU only ever hit 4% usage, with 2.6GB of RAM being used.

Overall installation was a breeze, performance was excellent, and my NVIDIA drivers and media codecs even installed automatically just by checking a box in the installer – there was no no problem or problem.

Another special note is that alongside Ubuntu 21.10 a new Ubuntu installer is being developed using Google’s Flutter SDK. The new installer isn’t the default yet, but it’s something to watch out for and look forward to as it will bring a cleaner interface and more options including theme choice, to facilities in the future.

Final thoughts

GNOME isn’t my desktop environment of choice, but I was really pleasantly surprised at how nice, smooth, and simple this release was, enough that I can highly recommend it to those who love Ubuntu, love GNOME or are just looking for another distro to try. Some might take this as a preview of what’s to come in the next LTS; and I think it’s going to be a good one, if this version is anything like that.

Now you

Are you going to try the new Ubuntu, or wait for the release of LTS? Let us know in the comments!


Ubuntu 21.10 released

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The next version of Ubuntu, 21.10 “Impish Indri” has been released, with nine months of support since it is not an LTS version.


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