Ubuntu 21.10, Impish Indri is out and like all non-LTS releases, this version is packed with new features and changes. We get a ton of improvements in the user interface especially. With GNOME 40 bringing many advancements like the new Application grid and revamped workspaces and so much more to this new Ubuntu, We now have 2 actively supported versions of Ubuntu to choose from. Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa and the newer Ubuntu 21.10 Impish Indri. And they both are quite different from each other in how they look, how they behave, their support period, their target user base, and many other things.
I installed both Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa and 21.10 Impish Indri, on the same hardware to play with them and see how they compare against each other. One being a long term support version supported till 2025 and the other being an interim release supported only for the next nine-month does make this comparison interesting.
We’ll also settle the debate of LTS vs non-LTS versions, once and for all by objectively looking at both systems.
So let’s jump right in and see if you should stick with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS or upgrade to the all-new Ubuntu 21.10 Impish Indri.
1:18 User interface
4:19 Stability and Usability
7:34 Software Availability
9:49 Installation and Setup
10:23 Community Support
11:19 My personal choice