Ubuntu 21.04 LTS code name Hirsute Hippo is the upcoming and the latest release of Ubuntu by Canonical Ltd.
Ubuntu 21.04: Release Date
The Ubuntu 21.04 release date is April 22, 2021. This date is listed on Launchpad, the home of Ubuntu development:
A quick overview of the Hirsute Hippo release schedule:
- Feature Freeze: February 25, 2021
- UI Freeze: March 18, 2021
- Ubuntu 21.04 Beta: April 1, 2021
- Kernel Freeze: April 8, 2021
- Release Candidate: April 15, 2021
These dates are (as ever) subject to change.
Ubuntu 21.04: Support lifespan
Ubuntu 21.04 will be supported for 9 months until January 2022. If you need Long Term Support, it is recommended you use Ubuntu 20.04 LTS 79 instead.
Get Ubuntu 21.04
Download Ubuntu 21.04 Beta
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You can download ISOs and flashable images from:
- Ubuntu Desktop and Server for 64-bit x86 (AMD64) 244
- Less Frequently Downloaded Ubuntu Images 93
- Ubuntu Cloud Images 25
- Lubuntu 39
- Kubuntu 125
- Ubuntu Budgie 26
- Ubuntu Kylin 12
- Ubuntu MATE 55
- Ubuntu Studio 22
- Xubuntu 60
Notable New features in 21.04
- Ubuntu 21.04 makes the home folder private by default. This long overdue change ensures new Ubuntu installs are as safe and secure as they can be for users, with non-encrypted home folders no longer ‘world readable’.
- Ubuntu 21.04 will use Wayland by default to allow broader testing ahead of the next LTS.
- GNOME Shell in Hirsute will default to a dark theme, though applications will continue to sport the ‘mixed’ GTK theme of light widgets and dark header bars.
- Ubuntu Desktop now supports drag and drop to and from the file manager (as well as other apps). It also has more settings than the old desktop icons extension.
- It’s now possible to generate a recovery key for encrypted installs direct from the installer.
- Linux 5.11 kernel
For a complete & detailed changelog visit next page.