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Ubuntu 24.04 LTS (Noble Numbat) is now available

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Another big Linux distribution release is upon us. Ubuntu 24.04 is a new long-term support release from Canonical available today.

Since it's an LTS it will be supported until June 2029. Although Canonical do suggest waiting for the first point release if you're on the previous LTS for the best experience possible. The point release Ubuntu 24.04.1 is due out August 15th, 2024.

Pictured - Ubuntu 24.04 LTS with Dark Sode

I went through various changes in the article going over the recent Beta but to reiterate some of the goodies:

  • Higher vm.max_map_count (1048576) to stop various games crashing (matches Fedora and Arch).
  • Linux kernel 6.8 with lots of new and improved hardware support.
  • Mesa 24.0.5 open source graphics drivers.
  • The first LTS release supporting the Raspberry Pi 5 with both arm64 server and desktop images.
  • Updated to GNOME 46.
  • A more modern slimmer version of the Ubuntu font family is now shipped as standard.
  • Lots of software updates like Firefox 124, LibreOffice 24.2, Thunderbird 115 (now a Snap package), BlueZ 5.72, Pipewire 1.0.4, OpenJDK LTS 21 now the default and so on.
  • Various security improvements like the Ubuntu kernel now restricting the use of unprivileged user namespaces. I suggest reading a little more into that specifically, as it sounds a bit complicated.

Full release notes on their Discourse Forum.

Will you be upgrading, or switching to Ubuntu for this latest release? Let me know what you're excited about from it in the comments. As a Kubuntu user since I prefer KDE Plasma, I'll be upgrading at some point over the next week.

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tuubi Apr 29
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Quoting: F.Ultra
Quoting: legluondunetHow do you install Gamescope on Ubuntu 24.04? Package is available throw official Ubuntu depots?

it is in multiverse:

 
f.ultra@Sineya:~$ apt-cache policy gamescope
gamescope:
  Installerad: 3.12.3-1
  Kandidat:    3.12.3-1
  Versionstabell:
 *** 3.12.3-1 500
        500 http://se.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu mantic/multiverse amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
f.ultra@Sineya:~$ 


The above on a 23.10

As of yet, the gamescope package doesn't seem to be available for 24.04 according to packages.ubuntu.com.
F.Ultra Apr 29
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Quoting: tuubi
Quoting: F.Ultra
Quoting: legluondunetHow do you install Gamescope on Ubuntu 24.04? Package is available throw official Ubuntu depots?

it is in multiverse:

 
f.ultra@Sineya:~$ apt-cache policy gamescope
gamescope:
  Installerad: 3.12.3-1
  Kandidat:    3.12.3-1
  Versionstabell:
 *** 3.12.3-1 500
        500 http://se.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu mantic/multiverse amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
f.ultra@Sineya:~$ 


The above on a 23.10

As of yet, the gamescope package doesn't seem to be available for 24.04 according to packages.ubuntu.com.

yeah I can see on http://mirror.accum.se/ubuntu/pool/multiverse/g/gamescope/ that only the 3.12.3-1 package is hosted and the version for 24.04 should be 3.14 , now multiverse is community driven AFAIK so some one probably haven't had time to add it yet.

edit: looks to be a dependency issue:
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gamescope/+question/809298
https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=1058493


Last edited by F.Ultra on 29 April 2024 at 9:31 pm UTC
WYW May 1
Quoting: F.Ultraedit: looks to be a dependency issue:
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gamescope/+question/809298
https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=1058493
Crazy disappointing considering Ubuntu 23.10 had Gamescope, and it's needed to use lots of nice features. Could they not have just used the older version that has the old dependencies?
Can Gamescope be installed as a Flatpak or Snap?


Last edited by WYW on 1 May 2024 at 7:26 pm UTC
Quoting: WYW
Quoting: F.Ultraedit: looks to be a dependency issue:
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gamescope/+question/809298
https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=1058493
Crazy disappointing considering Ubuntu 23.10 had Gamescope, and it's needed to use lots of nice features. Could they not have just used the older version that has the old dependencies?
Can Gamescope be installed as a Flatpak or Snap?
So if they merged those two projects, would you call them Flatsnaks?
F.Ultra May 2
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Quoting: WYW
Quoting: F.Ultraedit: looks to be a dependency issue:
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gamescope/+question/809298
https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=1058493
Crazy disappointing considering Ubuntu 23.10 had Gamescope, and it's needed to use lots of nice features. Could they not have just used the older version that has the old dependencies?
Can Gamescope be installed as a Flatpak or Snap?

question is if the deb for 23.10 could be force installed on 24.04, the dependencies for gamescope on 23.10 are "libc6 (>= 2.38), libcap2 (>= 1:2.10), libdisplay-info1 (>= 0.1.1), libdrm2 (>= 2.4.113), libgcc-s1 (>= 3.3.1), libliftoff0 (>= 0.3.0), libopenvr-api1 (>= 1.23.7~ds1), libpipewire-0.3-0 (>= 0.3.1), libsdl2-2.0-0 (>= 2.26.0), libstdc++6 (>= 13.1), libvulkan1 (>= 1.2.131.2), libwayland-client0 (>= 1.20.0), libwayland-server0 (>= 1.14.91), libwlroots11 (>= 0.16.0), libx11-6, libx11-xcb1 (>= 2:1.8.6), libxcb1, libxcomposite1 (>= 1:0.4.5), libxdamage1 (>= 1:1.1), libxext6, libxfixes3 (>= 1:5.0), libxkbcommon0 (>= 1.0.0), libxmu6 (>= 2:1.1.3), libxrender1, libxres1 (>= 2:1.2.1), libxtst6, libxxf86vm1, xwayland" so if all of those exists and have not changed ABI then it should work, or else someone have to compile from source.

Downloading a 24.04 iso now to try in VirtualBox.

edit: ok so I now managed to install the 23.11 package of gamescope on 24.04. Don't know if it works since the emulated default GPU in VirtualBox doesn't support 3d (so no vulkan) but I got the package to install and run (except that it couldn't open a vulkan window).

Steps:
 
sudo apt install libdisplay-info1 libjsoncpp25 libliftoff0 libopenvr-api1t64 libsdl2-2.0-0 libseat1 libxcb-composite0 libxcb-ewmh2 libxcb-xinput0
wget http://se.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/universe/w/wlroots/libwlroots11_0.16.2-3_amd64.deb
wget http://se.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/multiverse/g/gamescope/gamescope_3.12.3-1_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i libwlroots11_0.16.2-3_amd64.deb gamescope_3.12.3-1_amd64.deb



Last edited by F.Ultra on 2 May 2024 at 4:47 pm UTC
nattydread May 21
My M2 drive just died in my gaming laptop so I replaced it and tried the ubuntu 24.04 installer. It crashed about 6 times during the install process! I gave up and installed endeavourOS. Wow what a nice distro!
I normally like ubuntu but this poor installer and the endless snap fiasco is really starting to annoy me.
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