Ubuntu 20.10 Is Here and It Is Devoted to Raspberry Pi 4

By Bill Toulas / October 23, 2020

The latest release of the world’s most popular Linux distribution, Ubuntu 20.10, is here. The highlight of this non-long-term support version is the fact that Canonical has decided to give Raspberry Pi some love through it. Thus, we have optimized images that were specifically created for the Raspberry Pi 4 hardware.

As Mark Shuttleworth, the CEO at Canonical, stated:

In this release, we celebrate the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s commitment to put open computing in the hands of people all over the world. We are honored to support that initiative by optimizing Ubuntu on the Raspberry Pi, whether for personal use, educational purposes, or as a foundation for their next business venture.

Apart from that, the Ubuntu 20.10 release, which is code-named “Groovy Gorilla,” is also bringing the following updates:

The Raspberry Pi models that feature 4GB or 8GB of RAM will get the fully-fledged Ubuntu Desktop with the GNOME Shell experience. The desktop environment's specific tweaks include an optimized apps grid design, more configuration options for the app order and organization, and a battery indicator exposed all the time. Also, WiFi network sharing can now be done through QR codes, and the system restart option has been added to the status menu.

Source: Ubuntu

Those who use their Raspberry Pi boards for micro cloud computing will be happy to find MAAS, LXD 4.6, MicroK8s 1.19, and Ceph on the latest Ubuntu release. If you are interested in experimenting with small servers and clusters, note that Raspberry Pi released the Computer Module 4 a few days ago, and it’s available from $25. To run Ubuntu 20.10 on it, make sure to pick models that have 4 or 8 GB of RAM, though.

This is Ubuntu’s first release after 20.04, which is the most recent long-term support one. This means the experimentation has just started, so these releases are usually the most unstable of the series. Keep that in mind and be patient as fixing patches arrive with time.

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