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Beta of the best Ubuntu of the last 2 years has been released!

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Despite being available over time through Daily Builds, there are still these milestones at the launch of Ubuntu that condense the system in a similar way to what we will see in the final release. Ubuntu 19.04 Disco Dingo is available for testing in its Beta stage.

The new Beta is available to be tested with a “handful” of news, especially when compared to version 18.04 LTS.

New GNOME, new performance

There is a chance that you might think GNOME is «heavy», and it’s not least, some previous versions of GNOME, besides coming with a RAM consumption problem, also demanded more from your computer.

Unfortunately this is the case with the current Ubuntu LTS, however, there have been significant improvements in this regard in Ubuntu 19.04.

RAM consumption in Ubuntu 19.04

despite the GNOME System Monitor display a different value because of the way the RAM count is done through it, the actual consumption of Ubuntu in relation to RAM was excellent, as you can see in the image above, making the measurement via terminal, we have the excellent result of just over 570 MB.

Ubuntu 19.04 Beta comes with GNOME version 3.32 and the Linux Kernel 5.0.x, which guarantees excellent performance and fluidity.

Again, compared to the 18.04 LTS version, I venture to say that it doesn’t even look like the same system or the same interface. The change is clear when using the computer with the new Ubuntu.

New design

Version 19.04, Disco Dingo, comes to consolidate the new theme “Yaru”Of Ubuntu, which started to be implemented in version 18.10 of the system. We have improvements in the icons, which now have a more cohesive look throughout the system, in addition to the GTK and Shell theme, combined with the new set of wallpapers.

Users of Ubuntu version 18.10 will notice that now, both the top bar and the sidebar are completely opaque, no longer having that cool transparency function. You can have that experience back, if you want, using an alternative theme in the system, or extensions, such as Dash to Dock, which allows for greater customization.

Nautilus is the latest version on this Ubuntu, which means that he can no longer manage the desktop. To do this job, we have a new extension called “Desktop Icons”That comes standard on Ubuntu 19.04. It still has some limitations, but is more responsive.

Gaming performance

Despite not feeling so much difference with the new version, the gain of some FPS with this new version of Ubuntu was notable, most likely the set of a newer Kernel with the latest version of the Nvidia driver.

I noticed about 10 more FPS (approximately) playing Overwatch on Linux through Lutris. You can check the gameplays on our Twitch channel.

More Snaps and Software Availability

According Will Cooke explained to us in a recent exclusive interview, Canonical intends to gradually increase the range of applications via Snap.

We currently have the calculator, character application, logs and system monitor as Snaps.

Ubuntu Apps Store

Within my experience, I was able to install my entire set of standard working applications, I had some configuration problems with DaVinci Resolve, but I managed to solve it with a little analysis. In fact, soon I’ll post a new tip about him here on the blog.

Both Snaps, Flatpaks and AppImages are working perfectly in this new version of Ubuntu. As Will Cooke commented in the interview, exploring the store through Snaps, it is possible to find several interesting and new applications, it is a journey of very interesting discoveries.

It’s a pity that…

To be honest, it is a pity that this is not an LTS version of Ubuntu. An optimized version like this would do a much better job than the current LTS version, without a doubt. But in fact, 19.04 will only be supported until January 2020, and the next LTS will only be released in April 2020. And of course, we cannot forget that there will be an Ubuntu 19.10 in October this year, which promises several interesting changes.

If you want to test the new Ubuntu 19.04 Disco Dingo Beta, just go to the official website and download ISO as you prefer.

You can use a tool like Etcher to create a bootable flash drive on any operating system you are using.

Remember that this is a Beta, therefore, may occur bugs and problems, be ready to report them and help the developer team in this final phase of version release.

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