This topic is intended to capture early testing of 20.10 (Groovy Gorilla).
Note for 20.10 suggested enhancements please use this thread
- April 30th - Aug 27th - development
- Aug 27th - Feature freeze
- Oct 1st - Beta Testing
- Oct 15th - Release Candidate
- Oct 22nd - Final Release
If you have spare hardware (or a virtual machine or two) and don’t mind regularly reinstalling when (and I mean WHEN) 20.10 eats your installation then feel free to give your feedback here. Early testing will improve the final release
Please use http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/ for testing ISOs (just click the relevant links and there’s guides as you navigate the site)
Packages and hardware are meant to be tested also using QA trackers: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/QATeam/Roles/Tester
As the above page shows, probably the best way to get stuck in with testing is run Ubuntu 20.10 (either download or upgrade from 20.04 with
update-manager -d ) as often as possible for usual tasks (bearing in mind that one’s productivity and data may be hampered by bugs on 20.10!) and reporting bugs with
ubuntu-bug package-name as you go.
Alternatively, there is always a huge backlog of bugs that need to be triaged (i.e., progressed towards being fixed), head to https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BugSquad for a guide on getting started with that!
Use this query to see if your testing issue has been highlighted by others first before reporting.
This first post will be updated with the latest important info - so you don’t need to trawl through the posts.
Remember - everything listed below is subject to change/removal and should not be used as indicative with the beta & later release.
Applets and mini-apps
For Ubuntu Budgie applets these can be tested via our daily PPA for 20.04:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntubudgie-dev/budgie-extras-daily && sudo apt upgrade
- Hotcorners: Option added to configure hotcorners via budgie-desktop-settings and therefore hide the icon from the panel
- Dropby: Applet settings now has the ability to display the USB window notification in any corner you define
- Dropby: Animation when copying media so that you now when copying is in progress/finished
- Dropby: Crash reports resolved when second user account uses dropby on same machine (also backported to 20.04)
- Application Menu: Touch Screen friendly - can now swipe on your touchscreen
- Application Menu: Better keyboard navigation from the search to categories etc.
- Application Menu: Search bar changes position to the bottom when on a bottom panel
- Application Menu: Hide the large number of Settings menu icons shown in the grid view and the System Tools category menu - its more elegant this way - use the search capabilities to find Settings options like bluetooth and sharing etc.
- Application Menu: In a similar fashion the logout/restart/suspend/shutdown icons have now been removed. Search actions are now available for these + the ability to “lock” the screen when searching and “hibernate” if you have enabled hibernation separately
- Application Menu: Mouse rollover capability in the category view is now available via applet settings
- Application Menu: Handling of fractions should be better and more intuitive (e.g. 5.3*0.5 in the search bar)
- Application Menu - Category view - styled as a sidebar now
- Previews: auto close when app loses focus (also backported to 20.04)
- Previews: enable/disabling the capability is now dynamic - there is no need to logout/login
- Previews: Multiple Libreoffice windows are previewed correctly to allow switching (also backported to 20.04)
- Previews: now displays a tooltip on mouse hover (configurable) to show the full window name
- Previews - no longer crashes when there are no windows and you invoke alt+tab multiple times (to be backported to 20.04)
- Network: left/right panels do not have a large space when applet placed in end section. (also backported to 20.04)
- Network: VPNs listed are now alphabetically sorted to make things easier to find the right VPN (also backported to 20.04)
- Brightness Controller applet: Fix to make slider actually work. Should now work against a GNOME 3.36 base (also backported to 20.04)
- Window Shuffler - enable/disabling the capability is now dynamic - there is no need to logout/login
- Window Shuffler Sticky Neighbours - new capability to resize adjacent windows automatically https://youtu.be/j6mrrVpE5A0
- Window Shuffler - feedback when trying to tile windows that have a minimum size bigger than the tile placement
- Window Shuffler - add CLI option to place apps to any tile position. This allows everyone to script their launch and placement setup
- Welcome Layouts - global menu occasionally crashes the panel when using cupertino/theone layouts. For these we now re-enable the nemo menu - for other layouts we hide the menu (remember to use Alt to show the menu) (also backported to 20.04)
- Make distro friendly: Some distros don’t use some stuff located in /usr/bin and other file locations. We have now reworked the vala applets/mini apps to compile to user-defined system locations (i.e. via meson --bindir --sysconfdir --prefix --libdir)
- Countdown: This applet is now vertical panel friendly with icons and text respecting the space available on vertical panels (also backported to 20.04)
- General: Latest translations from the Transifex team - more help wanted https://www.transifex.com/ubuntu-budgie/ubuntu-budgie-extras (also backported to 20.04)
- New applet: Desktop fullscreen applauncher called budgie-lightpad-applet Desktop Overview (full screen launcher)
- budgie-workspace-wallpaper-applet has been rewritten in Vala. This has been done primarily to ensure no inadvertent panel crashes. In addition it takes into account the budgie desktop changes we made to switch wallpapers almost instantaneously (without animation) when switching workspaces.
- WeatherShow - add the ability to display a custom location for the weather city
- QuickChar - don’t crash when run on Wayland based desktops.
- Patch created to allow you to choose which screenshot app to be invoked when pressing Print, Ctrl Print, Alt Print - dconf-editor is used to change the app
- Being a good contributor - we have upstream’d to the budgie-desktop project several 20.04 patches we have developed (Wnck crash, gnome-shell/budgie-desktop conflict as well as the ability to define the print button screenshot app)
- Fix created and pull-request made to allow non Latin keyboard layouts from the keyboard applet (to be backported to 20.04)
- Started looking at introducing compatibility with GNOME3.38 which will be on 20.10. PR made upstream
- Wallpaper changing now respects the animation flag - so if you turn of animations, changing wallpapers occur instantaneously
- Fix occasional crash when removing applets from a panel
- Upstream has resolved system tray icons breaking on login, resume from suspension
- Upstream has resolved Spotify cover art not displaying in raven
- Upstream: chromium browser based notifications now display their icons
- Upstream has enabled creating new instances of windows via middle click of icon task list applet
- Upstream has completely reworked the system tray. This resolves lots of issues including icons appearing to overlap each other.
- In raven we display week-numbers by default for the calendar
- Patch added to hide the “Default” theme in budgie-desktop-settings which is the Debian specific name for “Adwaita”
- Arc-Theme has now been updated - the maintainer has changed to https://github.com/jnsh/arc-theme. The theme now has an additional theme called Arc-Lighter. Do give some feedback especially about anything budgie related to the new maintainer - do give thanks to the new maintainer taking on this challenge.
- Paper-Theme updated to the latest upstream version
- Pocillo-Theme - all the deprecated SASS code has been fixed. This future proofs the theme. Any help - large or small is welcome. Join the UB team by becoming the pocillo theme dedicated maintainer! https://github.com/UbuntuBudgie/pocillo-gtk-theme
- QogirBudgie-Theme - all the deprecated SASS code has been fixed. This future proofs the theme. Any issues - please raise to https://github.com/vinceliuice/Qogir-theme
- QogirTheme - as requested by the community, the highlight focus colour has changed from Ubuntu Orange to Standard Blue.
5. Test focal package for Pocillo-Tela iconset which may become the default in 20.10 Let's choose new icon theme for Ubuntu Budgie
- Extras - rename “Applets” to Extras to better reflect the types of things that can be installed
- Extras - Instructions on how to enable applets after install displayed immediately next to the install button when invoked.
- Extras - All window previews to be uninstalled
- Add Budgie Lightpad Applet installable for 18.04 and later
- Themes - Corrected picture sizing to be identical for all themes
- Themes - Allow users of the vimix makeover to install individual parts
- Themes - Latest Upstream Paper theme has now removed Paper cursors - so rework to remove this from makeover
- Mojave theme/icons and font makeover is now available in budgie-welcome. This has been backported to 20.04 as well Testing 20.10 - only for the most adventurous
- Getting Started - point to the correct YouTube video for Shuffler
- Getting Started - Corrected 20.04 keyboard shortcut to launch Shuffler
- Getting Started - Added Brave Browser to the browser ballot
- Getting Started - fixed bug where translated topics had an apostrophe which caused the topic not to respond to a click to display the topic.
- General - Latest translations - more help wanted! https://www.transifex.com/ubuntu-budgie/budgie-welcome
- gedit text edit highlight for current line turned off. Dark themes are broken with gedit and often the text color cannot be read.
- New option “Align to grid” when right click the desktop - this switches on the desktop grid mode. Note there will now be a “Customise” right click menu option available when you choose Align to grid and this can be used to customise the grid including turning off/on the icon auto-arrangement
- We now ship with our own file extension handling list of apps e.g. picture files should open in the viewer gthumb and .deb should open in gnome-software Testing 20.10 - only for the most adventurous
- We now disable the nemo behaviour where a double-click in an empty area would go up one folder
- We enable default in nemo to allow a slow doubleclick on filename to rename a file
- The Ubuntu Budgie team choice wallpapers are now available in 20.10. Enjoy!
- Nemo - Enforce asking when deleting and moving to trash so that inadvertent deleting files is not possible
- Slick-greeter is part of the packages UB maintains - this has now been updated to the very latest available. So check that all is well.
- lightdm-settings (the companion to slick-greeter) is part of the packages UB maintains - this has now been updated to the very latest available. So check that all is well.
- All the backport packages have now been rebuilt for groovy - both amd64 and arm64 architectures Testing 20.10 - only for the most adventurous
- Both nemo-share and nemo-dropbox backport packages have been rebuilt from the upstream v4.6.0 package
- For new accounts/new installs, gnome-software no longer autostarts. This reduces the memory desktop usage by approx 100-150Mb. You’ll see an autostart entry in your autostart list - don’t worry, this is just to stop the autostart running for budgie-desktop - but runs correctly for GNOME Shell/Unity desktops.
Areas to look out for
- gnome-software has now had all of the Ubuntu specific snap patches removed - it is much more vanilla now. Look out to see the impact of these changes