What’s New In Ubuntu 19.04 “Disco Dingo”

After 6 months of development, Ubuntu 19.04 is released. As always it was exciting to wait for the new Ubuntu release with new features. In this article, I am going to walk you through what’s new in Ubuntu 19.04 codenamed, “Disco Dingo”. So keep reading!

Ubuntu 19.04 “Disco Dingo” Focuses On Performance Improvement

Honestly speaking, this release does not ship with a huge list of new features. Actually, there are a few new things that you won’t even notice easily without reading a review. So you must be thinking that it’s not even worth reading a review then. Well, not really. Ubuntu 19.04 might not ship with so much cool stuff for your eyes, but it does make Ubuntu better by improving its performance to a great level. You will quickly notice improved performance on the very first boot.

And that’s what we have been noticing for the past few Ubuntu releases. It is more focusing on performance rather than pre-loading your system with new features. But don’t worry the new features are also worth checking out.

​So here it goes.

What’s New In Ubuntu 19.04 “Disco Dingo”

Gnome 3.32 makes system faster & more responsive

Ubuntu 19.04 ships with the latest Gnome 3.32. Gnome 3.32 is much faster and includes desktop bug fixes. So you’ll find it pretty smooth while you are using your lovely Linux distro.

ubuntu 19.04 desktop

System search improvement

Disco Dingo comes preinstalled with Tracker. Tracker is a package that finds and save files information and saves metadata in a database. This lets you search files faster from system search. You can learn more about Tracker on Tracker wiki page.

ubuntu 19.04 search files

More refined Yaru theme and Icon pack

Yaru theme and icons pack has been refined. Yaru theme now supports a few more applications and icon pack has also changed a few icons such as settings icon.

Safe Graphics Mode

ubuntu dock applications

There is also an option in the grub menu to boot your system into Safe Graphics mode. This option boots your system with ‘NOMODESET’ on to help you resolve graphics card related issues easily.

Updated Software

Other than a few new features, the system comes with all the latest applications such as Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, and LibreOffice, etc.

Application Permission Controls

Now you can control various permissions for each application installed on your system. For example, you can turn on/off notifications for a specific application.

disco dingo application permission control

Night Light Improvements

Night light application is one of my favorite applications. It can make me work longer on my computer. In the new update, you can manage color Temperature. You can make choosing a color temperature between less warm to warmer.

ubuntu night light

Linux Kernel 5.0

Ubuntu 19.04 runs on Linux kernel 5.0. Last month Linux kernel 5.0 came out with some important features such as full support for Raspberry Pi 3B and Raspberry Pi 3B+, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, USB 3.2 and Type-C improvements, etc.​

Mesa 19.0

Mesa 19.0 is the latest release of open-source graphics driver. It will improve system performance if you’re using a compatible graphics card. Though you can switch between a proprietary driver from ‘Sofware & Updates’ if you have Nvidia graphics card.

ubuntu mesa 19.04

Improved Sound controls

I really like the revamped interface of sound controls. Each setting type is stacked vertically instead of horizontally in tabs format.

ubuntu new audio controls

Livepatch included but only supports LTS releases

Livepatch is really a cool feature. It lets you install Linux kernel updates without restarting the system. Though the feature is only supported in long term support release. So you’ll get this in Ubuntu 19.04 –

ubuntu 19.04 livepatch

New wallpapers

With the new release there comes new wallpapers. 🙂

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Conclusion – Should you upgrade it or not?

So these were the important features in your new Ubuntu 19.04. After reading all the features, it should be pretty easy to decide if the release worth upgrading to or not. Well, my point of view is if you are using Ubuntu 18.10 then you should definitely upgrade as it will improve system performance. For long term support users, I don’t think upgrading to a short term release is a good idea. If you are curious to test Ubuntu 19.04 then you can install it in Virtualbox.​Do let me know if you are going to upgrade or not by taking a poll below.

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3 Comments
  1. Mikeyk says

    On balance, I wish I hadn’t moved from 18.04 – I’m still finding out bits that used to work just fine on that that just don’t work on the new version, from VLC to settings for screensaver.. and slow performance / crashes. 🙁

  2. Mad_Mike_W says

    two things which have giving me problems are having a wall paper changer that works reliably, and a clock on the desktop. Forgive me but I was much better able to customize my desktop about 5 years ago. Cinnamon is much better to customize, but usually brings hardware issues, printers etc. At this point I have not been able to find a gnome shell extension which will allow me to change my wallpaper from a folder on my hard drive

  3. Martin Bucknall says

    You ought to point out that there are several dangerous issues involving NVidia graphics cards and drivers in this upgrade. Having performed the upgrade I now estimate that it will take me two days to restore my computer to a working state again. Basically the 5.x kernel does not work with any but the newest NVidia drivers and any attempt to install these is met with a host of dependency errors and the risk that the existing NVidia driver will be unconfigured leaving you with a system that won’t boot to a GUI.

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