Ubuntu 24.04 LTS Beta with GNOME 46, Linux 6.8 is Now Ready for Download 

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Canonical has launched the beta version of the soon-to-be-released Ubuntu 24.04 LTS (Noble Numbat) operating system. This public test version comes ahead of the final release on April 25th, 2024.

With the stable form of Ubuntu 24.04 LTS being only two weeks away, the beta version is available for users trying to get a sneak peek into what the final version holds for them. Ubuntu 24.04 LTS beta offers the brand new


desktop environment by default and it runs on the robust

Linux kernel 6.8.

Ubuntu 24.04 LTS includes a series of exciting features including a refreshed desktop installer that includes

accessibility feature support,

a fresh feature to import autoinstallation settings for template-based custom provisioning, and new standard installation options such as Default selection (previously known as Minimal) and Extended selection (previously known as Normal).

Moreover, the Ubuntu Desktop Installer now seamlessly supports guided ZFS installations without encryption, along with the already available option of encrypted ZFS installation. These features, though, are still being considered experimental in Ubuntu 24.04 LTS.

Ubuntu 24.04 LTS also ships with a brand new graphical firmware update tool known as Firmware Updater, built-in Raspberry Pi 5 support, Netplan 1.0 for cutting-edge network management, and Mozilla Thunderbird as a Snap as default.

Other eye-catching changes incorporate “Year 2038” support for the ARMhf architecture. The vm.max_map_count has been magnified to 1048576 for enhanced gaming. Patches against the recent XZ backdoor, fortified security improvements, and automated enrolment of ADSys Active Directory Certificates have also been included.

The Ubuntu App Centre also witnessed numerous new characteristics and enhancements for superior package management. Apt priority for the “proposed” repository has also been integrated into Ubuntu 24.04 LTS to avoid compromised installations when users receive possibly unstable updates from the “proposed” repository.

Underneath the surface, Ubuntu 24.04 LTS is loaded with an updated toolchain that features GCC 14, GNU Binutils 2.42, GNU C Library (Glibc) 2.39, Java 21 as standard, Python 3.12 as the main Python version, PHP 8.3, Ruby 3.2, LLVM 18 as standard, and Go 1.22 as standard.

If you want to take Ubuntu 24.04 LTS (Noble Numbat) for a test drive, you can download the beta version right now from the official website. However, please keep in mind that this is a pre-release version and it’s not recommended for use in production environments.

Of course, all the official Ubuntu flavors have been promoted to the beta channel as well, including Kubuntu (now features the Calamares installer), Lubuntu, Xubuntu, Edubuntu, Ubuntu Studio, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu Cinnamon, Ubuntu MATE, and Ubuntu Kylin, all of which you can download from here.


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