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Xubuntu 23.10 Release is Here With Subtle Improvements

Xubuntu 23.10 includes bug fixes, newer kernel, and some app upgrades, making it a modest upgrade.

Considering that the end of life for Xubuntu 23.04 is a few months away, we now have a new upgrade.

The 'Xubuntu 23.10' release features a couple of improvements over its predecessor. Let's see what it has to offer.

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Xubuntu 23.10 will be supported for nine months until July 2024.

🆕 Xubuntu 23.10: What’s New?

a screenshot of the xubuntu 23.10 desktop screen

Based on the Ubuntu 23.10 'Mantic Minotaur' release, this release of Xubuntu is here with many improvements. Some highlights include:

  • Xfce Improvements
  • Updated Applications
  • Linux Kernel 6.5

Xfce Improvements

a screenshot of the about xfce app on xubuntu 23.10

Xubuntu 23.10 comes equipped with the same Xfce 4.18 desktop environment as before. However, it now features several bug fixes for Xfce libraries like garcon, libxfce4ui, tumbler, and xfconf.

Similarly, the Xfce PulseAudio Plugin has also received numerous fixes that affect audio device handling and the media player.

Even Xfce Power Manager and Xfce Screensaver have received updates to fix the screensaver issues faced by users in the previous release.

And finally, we have Xfce Screenshooter that now has support for the AVIF and JPEG XL file formats.

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Updated Applications

Xubuntu 23.10 features an updated application suite, with most core apps from XFCE, GNOME and MATE being updated.

Some of the most notable ones include:

  • Catfish 4.16.4
  • Mousepad 0.6.1
  • Thunar File Manager 4.18.7
  • MATE Calculator 1.26.0
  • GNOME Software 45
  • Rhythmbox 3.4.7
  • GIMP 2.10.34

Linux Kernel 6.5

a screenshot of the neofetch output on xubuntu 23.10

Xubuntu 23.10 is powered by the recently released Linux kernel 6.5 that allows it to take advantage of support for newer hardware such as USB4, Wi-Fi 7, better support for Rust, AMD FreeSync video, and more.

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🛠️ Other Improvements

Other than that, here are some changes that are worth noting:

  • Inclusion of Greybird 3.23.3 for better GTK 3/4 support.
  • Better support for Bluetooth headphones under PipeWire.
  • Color emojis are now used in Firefox, Thunderbird, and other newer applications.
  • The refreshed elementary-xfce 0.18 theme features updated icons across the desktop.
  • Introduction of Ristretto 0.13.1 for adding print support to Xubuntu's default image viewer.

You may go through the official release notes to dive deeper into the Xubuntu 23.10 release.

📥 Download Xubuntu 23.10

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The download may take some time to be available after the release announcement.

To get the latest release of Xubuntu, you can head over to the official website or the Ubuntu image repository.

For existing users, you can follow the official guide to get the upgrade.


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