Canonical celebrates 15 years of Ubuntu with the launch of Ubuntu 19.10, although the focus of the open source company is on cloud and edge computing.
Ubuntu 19.10, the 31st version of the consumer-centric Linux distribution, was released on Thursday, powered by GNOME 3.34 and version 5.3 of the Linux kernel, which includes support for AMD Navi GPU, as well as Intel Gemini CPU Lake and CPU VIA / Zhaoxin x86.
Other Linux distributions generally avoid providing copyright-protected code embedded in the ISO image due to legal or philosophical reasons, although Canonical sends NVIDIA GPU drivers ready to use to facilitate configuration and improve performance for users of NVIDIA GPU for games and applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI / ML).
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The main feature of Ubuntu 19.10 for desktop users is the inclusion of ZFS , a combined file system and logical volume manager that provides snapshots of the file system, rollbacks, copy cloning in writing, continuous integrity checking, and automatic repair of damaged data, among other features. Crucially, the inclusion of ZFS support allows users to return to good known states in the event that a file is deleted or overwritten inadvertently, or an update does not work as expected.
Canonical highlighted the addition of strict confinement for microk8 in Ubuntu 19.10, providing complete isolation of the processes. Canonical is positioning the addition of features as a benefit for the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B, stating that the popular single-board computer is powerful enough to be used for edge computing with microK8.
Kernel 5.3 also offers computation shader support for Broadcom The V3D controller used in Raspberry Pi 4, as well as a CPUFreq controller.
Ubuntu 19.10 is available as a free download from Canonical. As a standard version of Ubuntu, 19.10 is supported for nine months. Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) is scheduled for April 23, 2020, and as a long-term support version, it will have support for five years.
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