Introducing 21.04 Hirsute Hippo
Things are starting to get serious. Development of a version of Ubuntu takes six months and begins immediately after the launch of the previous installment. Thus, that of Hirsute Hippo began in late October, but the first Daily Builds were practically Focal Fossa, on which they would add the news. In early March, a step was taken that I would find curious, because once I knew that Ubuntu 21.04 would remain in GNOME 40, we started seeing applications from this desktop, although the environment will continue to be GNOME 3.38.
The first important step is the one made today and this is the latest Daily Build now includes Linux 5.11, which is the kernel that will use the final version. Linux 5.12 is currently under development, but the messy hippopotamus will remain in the current installment, as the function freeze took place three weeks ago. And even if that freeze comes a little later, Linux 5.12 won’t make it until mid-April.
Ubuntu 21.04 comes on April 22nd
We remind you that Linux 5.11 was released on February 14 and includes many hardware improvements and other features that you can see in this regard. If you are interested in testing both Ubuntu 21.04 and Linux 5.11, you can do so by downloading the latest Daily Build available at this link. In order not to spoil anything in the native installation, I recommend doing it in Live Session or installing it in a virtual machine, although it must be said that it does not currently work in GNOME Boxes.
The next important step should now be the presentation of the wallpaper, after which Canonical and Ubuntu will post the image on social networks. The change and surprise must be very large so as to modify a lot of the design, the one that uses a purple background with the drawing of the animal in thin lines. Ubuntu 21.04 Hirsute Hippo is a normal cyclic version that will arrive on April 22 and will be maintained for 9 months.