The latest upgrade to Ubuntu and the many flavours like Kubuntu and Xubuntu is out now with Ubuntu 23.10 "Mantic Minotaur". Are you ready to update?
With this new release Canonical brings preview support for hardware backed full-disk encryption using the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) for encryption key storage. They said that more broad hardware support for this feature will roll out in Ubuntu 24.04 LTS next year.
You'll also come across their new and improved Ubuntu App Center, which supports both Snap and deb package formats under one roof. There's also new support for the Raspberry Pi 5, which is thanks to their close collaboration with the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Ubuntu 23.10 will also be supported on the SiFive HiFive Pro P550 at launch.
“In this release we’ve raised the bar for what secure by default means for Ubuntu and set the stage for our next Long Term Supported release.” said Oliver Smith, Senior Product Manager for Ubuntu at Canonical. “We’re excited for users to test our preview hardware-backed disk encryption key storage on Ubuntu Desktop, alongside the new App Center which makes it easier than ever to find the software you need.
Ubuntu 23.10 includes Linux kernel version 6.5 along with support for the kernel to require programs to have an AppArmor profile in order to use unprivileged user namespaces (not enabled by default), Mesa 23.2.1, systemd v253.5, the default installer in now "minimal" with an "Expanded installation" available to get apps like LibreOffice and Thunderbird installed, there's a new standalone Firmware Updater application and the usual software updates to various applications available.
Release notes for the various flavours:
- Edubuntu Release Notes
- Kubuntu Release Notes
- Lubuntu Release Notes
- Ubuntu Budgie Release Notes
- Ubuntu MATE Release Notes
- Ubuntu Studio Release Notes
- Ubuntu Unity Release Notes
- Xubuntu Release Notes
- Ubuntu Kylin Release Notes
- Ubuntu Cinnamon Release Notes
With Kubuntu 23.04 currently on my desktop, looks like it's going to be time to have some fun with updates soon! Will you be doing a prompt upgrade or waiting a while?