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While users who want a properly stable base to game with should probably stick to Ubuntu 20.04 which is the long-term support release, the Ubuntu 20.10 'Groovy Gorilla' update is out today.

For a while there has been a few special Ubuntu flavours that have offered images to install on the Raspberry Pi like Ubuntu MATE, however, that's now becoming official directly within Ubuntu as of the 20.10 release. This is actually awesome, as Ubuntu is one of the easiest Linux distributions to get going with.

From the press release:

“In this release, we celebrate the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s commitment to put open computing in the hands of people all over the world,” said Mark Shuttleworth, CEO at Canonical. “We are honoured to support that initiative by optimising Ubuntu on the Raspberry Pi, whether for personal use, educational purposes or as a foundation for their next business venture.”

“From the classic Raspberry Pi board to the industrial grade Compute Module, this first step to an Ubuntu LTS on Raspberry Pi with long term support and security updates matches our commitment to widen access to the very best computing and open source capabilities” said Eben Upton, CEO of Raspberry Pi Trading.

If you do want to learn more about it, Martin Wimpress the Desktop Engineering Director and Rhys Davies, Raspberry Pi Product Manager will be live in a YouTube video. You can watch it here below on October 23rd, 5PM BST / 4PM UTC:

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As for the rest of the Ubuntu 20.10 release, we're of course most interested in the normal desktop Linux variety. The Ubuntu 20.10 release comes with GNOME 3.38 from September and all then advancements that came with that like an improved applications grid, better multi-monitor support, QR codes to give other devices access to your WiFI easily, battery percentage display toggle has been exposed in power settings and more. It's quite a big refresh that continues seeing GNOME get smoother each release.

Ubuntu 20.10 also ships with the more recent Linux Kernel 5.8, bringing with it support for newer hardware. Canonical also updated their default toolchain to gcc 10 with glibc 2.32.

On top of that, Ubuntu 20.10 will also be certified on more devices overall. Canonical stated that more Ubuntu workstations now receive biometric identification support out of the box, 2-in-1 devices with on-screen keyboards are now fully supported enabling an improved Ubuntu experience on devices including the Dell XPS 2-in-1 and Lenovo Yoga.

Other editions / flavours of Ubuntu will also be having their own 20.10 release soon as well. Like Ubuntu MATE 20.10, which will bring with it the latest version of the MATE desktop environment and they're also replacing Ubuntu Indicators with Ayatana Indicators, which is a fork of Ubuntu Indicators that aims to be cross-distro compatible and re-usable for any desktop environment.

You can download from Ubuntu.com with the special Ubuntu version for the RPi will be available here. All the release notes can be found here.

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Nezchan 22 Oct
Looks like the variants are lagging behind? The Ubuntu MATE release hasn't happened yet in any case.
adomas 22 Oct
The link in the article does not work, returns 404:
https://ubuntu.com/raspberry-pi
Maybe it had to be:
https://ubuntu.com/download/raspberry-pi
Liam Dawe 22 Oct
The links go live when it's out.
adomas 22 Oct
Ah, so that is tomorrow :) thanks for the hint. Excited to try it out
aokami 22 Oct
I've moved to other lands but I'm glad Ubuntu MATE is still around and quite popular (I remember when it was roughly an unofficial flavour).

I'm not a fond of how gnome handles the windows especially huge game applications windows, heavily consider changing for something else on my fedora station at work. :/
Solarwing 23 Oct
YES!!!Yesterday I bought Raspberry 4 with 8 Gt ram because of these news. Now I must wait for the postman next week to deliver this piece of equipment for me.I'm very excited to try it with latest Ubuntu 20.10.Oh man if time would go faster.But I've got a mad scientist as my neighbour. He has invented time travel and could send me to the future!Oh how lucky I am. But on the other hand he could add couple zeroes on my time stamp and instead couple days he could send a couple thousand years in time ahead.Then he would leave me there - just for fun!So this time travel is out of the question.I must be patient and wait for the post delivery.
Odisej 23 Oct
Quoting: SolarwingYES!!!Yesterday I bought Raspberry 4 with 8 Gt ram ...:

Just don't expect miracles. Tried some of the available versions (Mate, Manjaro ...) but always came back to the official Raspberry OS as it was the most optimized even if only 32 bit.

Anyway, in my experience good for tinkering around, wonderful for writing as it's totally quiet but had to switch back to my main computer for work as it was too slow in some tasks (mostly due to read/write to SD card).

Still enjoyable little device with a lot of potential.
Solarwing 23 Oct
Quoting: OdisejJust don't expect miracles. Tried some of the available versions (Mate, Manjaro ...) but always came back to the official Raspberry OS as it was the most optimized even if only 32 bit.

Anyway, in my experience good for tinkering around, wonderful for writing as it's totally quiet but had to switch back to my main computer for work as it was too slow in some tasks (mostly due to read/write to SD card).

Still enjoyable little device with a lot of potential.

Okay I keep that in my mind. Just want to make some experiments what raspberry 4 can do.Of course it doesn't replace my main rig.I'm considering to connect 250 gt SSD on it. It needs only an adapter in order to do that. And maybe in some day I can run good tests with steam and so on. 8 Gt ram is enough for some games
Slackdog 23 Oct
Installed it here on my vanilla Ubuntu box. Seems ok so far....
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