Testing 21.04 - are you brave enough?

This topic is intended to capture early testing of 21.04 (Hirsute Hippo). Note for 21.04 suggested enhancements please use this thread

21.04 Schedule

  • Oct - March - development
  • Feb 25th - Feature freeze
  • April 1st - Beta Testing
  • April 15th - Release Candidate
  • April 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) 21.04 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 21.04 (either download or upgrade from 20.10 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 21.04!) and reporting bugs with ubuntu-bug and 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 18.04/20.04/20.10 & 21.04:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntubudgie-dev/budgie-extras-daily && sudo apt upgrade

  1. Window Shuffler - Window Rules: Add ability to set the position and size together with the monitor location to open an application on

  2. Window Shuffler - Layouts: Add the ability to launch and group together multiple applications

  3. External devs: budgie-analogue-clock-applet is now available - as the name suggests, a panel applet that displays the time using a customisable clock-face. It has also been backported to focal and groovy

  4. Applications Menu:

    • Cosmetic - labels on budgie-desktop-settings are left aligned.
      from upstream
    • Terminal apps are no-longer shown in the menu such as xterm
  5. QuickChar installation is now easier on other on Debian based distro’s - should not now need to patch your install locations

Budgie Desktop

  1. v10.5.2 release note summary here


  1. The Vimix theme make-over in budgie-themes & layouts was broken - this is now fixed and backported to 20.04 & 20.10
  2. Pocillo - enhancements to the look and feel:
    a. sidebar now is shaded - this is now consistent with the dark variant.
    b. similarly all button controls are now shaded
    c. Nemo toolbar is also shaded.
    d. Budgie Desktop Settings has been tweaked to resolve right-truncated controls.
    e. Shadows has been reduced and
    f. padding overall has been reduced to give a more compact feeling. To test this in 20.10 use our unstable PPA - sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntubudgie-dev/unstable-test

Budgie Welcome

  1. Analogue Clock Applet added to Menu - Budgie Extras
  2. Latest translations from our transifex team
  3. Our Getting Started guide now covers keyboard shortcuts to move windows to other monitors


  1. Often requested, htop has now been added as a default install

Areas to look out for

1 Like
|Distributor ID:|Ubuntu|
|Description:|Ubuntu Hirsute Hippo (development branch)|

I’m in and getting updates already.

1 Like