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If you’re an Ubuntu user, or someone who’s thinking about giving it a try, today is a good day. Canonical has officially released Ubuntu 21.10 with a customized GNOME 40 desktop and plenty of other features and goodies that’ll make you want to download it right now.

There’s a lot of new stuff in Ubuntu 21.10, and our Linux expert Dave McKay broke it all down in a post explaining what’s new in Impish Indri. The prominent feature that stands out is the customized GNOME 40 desktop, but there’s a lot to be intrigued by.

With Ubuntu 21.10’s version of GNOME 40, instead of seeing the Activities View when you log in, you’ll see your usual desktop, just like previous versions of Ubuntu, which should create a more comfortable experience.

Of course, you can still access the Activities View, which is a critical part of the GNOME 40 experience.

There’s a lot new in GNOME 40 that the latest version of Ubuntu takes advantage of. For a full breakdown of everything new in GNOME 40, check out our guide. Overall, it looks like it makes navigating the OS a cleaner, more streamlined experience.

There’s plenty of exciting new stuff in Ubuntu 21.10 for you to explore. However, our own Dave McKay isn’t so sure that this update is needed for everyone. For users who are happy with LTS who aren’t having issues, McKay thinks upgrading might not be worthwhile, especially when you consider that there’s some risk that comes with updating Ubuntu.

In the end, it’s up to you to decide whether it’s worth your time. There’s some risk involved and the new features aren’t exactly rewriting the book on what we expect from Ububtu, but the update is available to download from the Ubuntu Release page right now if you want it.

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Dave LeClair was the News Editor for How-To Geek. He is now a Mobile Analyst for PCMag. Dave started writing about technology more than 10 years ago. He's written articles for publications like MakeUseOf, Android Authority, Digital Trends, and plenty of others. He's also appeared in and edited videos for various YouTube channels around the web.
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