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Ubuntu Studio 20.10 Released and It’s all changed in Ubuntu Studio 20.10! Really!!
Yes. The distro now uses the Plasma desktop environment as the canvas on which creatives can get, well, creative, and Calameres takes over install duties.

 

Ubuntu Studio 20.10

 

Though Ubuntu Studio 20.10 is the first release to move to the KDE Plasma desktop environment after years of using the Xfce desktop environment the overall layout and look of Ubuntu Studio 20.10 isn’t too dissimilar to that from the Xfce-based Ubuntu Studio 20.04!

On the applications front users will now find Darktable nestled in the app menu; Openshot and Pitivi are gone, supplanted by Kdenlive instead; and Calf Studio Gear have been swapped out in favor of LSP plugins”. Also included many updated and new software changes. Among the software included in Ubuntu Studio 20.10, there’s;

    Ardour 6.3, Audacity 2.4.2, Blender 2.83.5, Darktable 3.2.1, Inkscape 1.0.1, digiKam 6.4, GIMP 2.10.18, Hydrogen 1.0.0 RC1, Carla 2.2, RaySession 0.9.2, MyPaint 2.0.0, OBS Studio 26.0.2, Scribus 1.5.5, jack-mixer 13, lsp-plugins 1.1.26 and much more. And new plugins including, add64, bchoppr, bsequencer, bslizr, dragonfly-reverb, geonkick and so one.

 

Let’s see some of the new software and update features in Ubuntu Studio 20.10;

 

Plasma 5.19.5

Plasma 5.19.5

The biggest new feature is the switch of desktop environment to KDE Plasma.

Though Ubuntu Studio 20.10 is the first release to move to the KDE Plasma desktop environment after years of using the Xfce desktop environment, the overall layout and look of Ubuntu Studio 20.10 isn’t too dissimilar to that from the Xfce-based Ubuntu Studio 20.04!

 

Studio Controls replaces Ubuntu Studio Controls

Studio Controls

Ubuntu Studio Controls has been spun-off into an independent project called Studio Controls. It contains much of the same functionality but also is available in many more projects than Ubuntu Studio. Studio Controls remains the easiest and most straightforward way to configure the Jack Audio Connection Kit and provide easy access to tools to help you with using it.

 

Ardour 6.3

Ardour 6.3Ubuntu Studio 20.10 team included the latest version of Ardour, version 6.3. This version has plenty of new features outlined at the Ardour website, but contains one caviat.

Projects imported from Ardour 5.x are permanently changed to the new format. As such, plugins, if they are not installed, will not be detected and will result in a “stub” plugin. Additionally, Ardour 6 includes a new Digital Signal Processor, meaning projects may not sound the same. If you do not need the new functionality of Ardour 6, do not upgrade to Ubuntu Studio 20.10.

 

 

 

OBS StudioOBS Studio

Ubuntu Studio 20.10 team has included OBS Studio that has been praised by many. Their goal is to become the #1 choice for live streaming and recording, and we hope that including OBS Studio out of the box helps usher this in. With the game availability on Steam, which runs native on Ubuntu Studio and is easily installed, and with Steam’s development of Proton for Windows games. Ubuntu Studio development team believe game streamers and other streamers on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch would benefit from such an all-inclusive operating system that would save them both money and time.

For those that would like to use the advanced audio processing power of JACK with OBS Studio, OBS Studio is JACK-aware!

 

Kdenlive

Krita

They have chosen Kdenlive to be their default video editor for several reasons. The largest of which is that it is the most professional video editor included in the Ubuntu repositories, but also it integrates very well with the Plasma desktop.

Artists will be glad to see Krita upgraded to version 4.3. While this may not be the latest release, it does include a number of new features over that included with Ubuntu Studio 20.04.

 

 

Darktabledarktable-spooky

This version of the icon seemed appropriate for an October release. For photographers, you’ll be glad to see Darktable 3.2.1 included by default. Additionally, Darktable has been chosen as our default RAW Image Processing Platform.

With Darktable 3.2 comes some major changes, such as an overhaul to the Lighttable, A new snapshot comparison line, improved tooltips, and more!

 

 

DigikamDigikam

For the first time in Ubuntu Studio, they’ve are included the KDE application Digikam by default. Digikam is the most-advanced photo editing and cataloging tool in Open Source and includes a number of major features that integrate well into the Plasma desktop.

 

 

Introducing the Ubuntu Studio Marketplace

Have you ever wanted to buy some gear to show off your love for Ubuntu Studio? Now you can! We just launched the Ubuntu Studio Marketplace. From now until October 27th, you can get our special launch discount of 15% off.

We have items like backpacks, coffee mugs, buttons, and more! Items for men, women, and children, even babies!

Proceeds from commissions go toward supporting further Ubuntu Studio development.

 

More Updates

There are many more updates not covered here but are mentioned in the Release Notes. We highly recommend reading those release notes so you know what has been updated and know any known issues that you may encounter.

 

Upgrading to Ubuntu Studio 20.10

For Upgrading to Ubuntu Studio 20.10 the hardware must need to meet the system hardware requirements. Else the system may malfunction.

System Requirements for Ubuntu Studio 20.10 are as follows:

Hardware Minimum / Required Recommended
CPU Intel Core 2 Duo / Equivalent Core i5 Equivalent or Better
RAM 2GB 8GB
Disk Space 16GB 64GB
(More for Audio/Video Work)

 

Due to the change in desktop environment this release, direct upgrades to Ubuntu Studio 20.10 are not supported. We recommend a clean install for this release:

  1. Backup your home directory (/home/{username})
  2. Install Ubuntu Studio 20.10
  3. Copy the contents of your backed-up home directory to your new home directory.

 

Download Ubuntu 20.04 Studio

You can download Ubuntu 20.10 for 64-bit computers using the link below:

As the Ubuntu 20.10 desktop image is 3.6GB in size do make sure you’re on a decent internet connection before you hit the download button!

If you wish to use other desktop environments, Ubuntu Studio can be installed on Ubuntu or any official Ubuntu flavor using the Ubuntu Studio Installer.

Ubuntu Studio Installer can add Ubuntu Studio’s benefits to any installation of Ubuntu or its official flavors* so that you can use whatever desktop environment you prefer, and gives you a curated selection of packages to fit your workflow, whether you’re a graphics artist, audio engineer, musician, publisher, photographer, or video producer.

  1. Ubuntu or its official flavors.
  2. Ubuntu Studio Installer.

Or you can get the hassle free Pre-Installed Ubuntu Studio 2010 or your preferred versions or any of your preferable Open-Source Distribution by purchasing any systems from eRacks Systems’ Store.

October 30th, 2020

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As of late April, Ubuntu 20.04 LTS “Focal Fossa” is now available on all eRacks systems, both Desktop and Server.

It should appear in the “Operating system” dropdown when you configure your system, and is the default on many / most of our systems.

If you don’t see it, or if you this it should be the default, (or shouldn’t!), please let us know – We are always listening for feedback!

Our initial testing with it, is that it is very solid, albeit a little bigger than the 18.04 LTS release, likely due to the increased usage of the Snap packaging system, which tends to favor freedom from dependencies over disk space.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snappy_(package_manager)

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Cuuuute little one

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May 2nd, 2020

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The latest Linux Mint release, 19.3, codenamed ‘Tricia’, is now available on eRacks Desktop  and Laptop systems.

Simply select the ‘Linux Mint 19 latest’ choice from the OS dropdown, and we’ll get it done for you.

If you want the slightly older 19.2 release, or any other custom installation, just let us know in the “Notes” field, and we’ll do it.

Also, FYI, Linux Mint is mostly a Desktop system, but we’ll be happy to install it on any system you choose – just let us know and we’ll do a custom quote for you. (Or, again, just put it in the “Notes” field when you place your order).

j

January 1st, 2020

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Fedora 31 is now available on all eRacks systems.

Simply select “Fedora 31” in the OS dropdown – if you don’t see it on the system you want, let us know and we’ll see if it’s available / compatible.

FWIW, The performance reviews have been underwhelming:

https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=fedora-31-benchmarks&num=1

But for decades, software executives have ignored better/faster in exchange for bloated/slower, with the excuse that since the hardware is faster now, it’s OK :-/

Grr.

j

 

November 5th, 2019

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We now support the new Ubuntu operating system.

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April 15th, 2017

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The latest OpenMandriva is available from us! https://www.openmandriva.org/

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March 1st, 2017

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The newest Mageia is available from us! https://www.mageia.org/en/

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December 30th, 2016

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We now support Mint 18.1!

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December 17th, 2016

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fedorawoman25Fedora 25 is now available on all eRacks Systems –

And Mint 18.1 Serena is coming in the next week or two as well..

If you don’t see what you want, be sure to ask for it in the details field when you request a quote, or contact us on the contact page or via email –

j

November 28th, 2016

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https://solace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/docker-logo.pngDocker, Please – “Available for both Windows and Mac” Are you kidding?

This reminds me of the legendary line from the Blues Brothers movie:

“We got BOTH kinds of music – Country AND Western!”

Sheesh.

Lame – it’s all based on Linux!  And Open Source!

Docker runs natively on Linux – the only way to get it to run on Windows and/or Mac, is to run it inside a VM (Virtual Machine), running Linux.  Ahem.

So apparently that’s what this does, although you couldn’t tell by the name, the marketing blurb, nor the description.

DOCKER TOOLBOX

The Docker Toolbox is an installer to quickly and easily install and setup a Docker environment on your computer.

Available for both Windows and Mac, the Toolbox installs Docker Client, Machine, Compose and Kitematic.

Source: Docker Toolbox | Docker

Sigh.

j

October 9th, 2016

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