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After six months since its previous version 39 launch, Ultramarine Linux 40 “Misplaced Parasol” has arrived, transitioning to a fresh codename system and bringing numerous alterations. But hold on, are you not familiar with it? Let’s present it using a couple of words.

This is a Fedora-derived Linux distribution directed at desktop users, tailored to deliver a pleasing desktop encounter right from the start and favoring the Ultramarine Leading edition with the Budgie desktop.

What distinguishes it from Fedora or the Fedora Budgie Spin? Essentially, it incorporates some additional package repositories enabled by default, like RPM Fusion, Terra, and multimedia codecs. Hence, unlike the standard Fedora experience, you receive some extra components preinstalled and ready for use.

Fresh Features in Ultramarine Linux 40

Ultramarine Linux 40 Leading Edition

Running on Linux core 6.8 and stemming from Fedora 40, this update did face some initial hurdles. The launch encountered delays due to installer glitches, leading the team to offer early upgrades for existing users.

Unfortunately, Ultramarine 40 marks the conclusion of its Pantheon Edition. This choice emerges from an escalating maintenance weight and a diminishing user community, rendering the ongoing support of the Pantheon Edition unsustainable.

Is there a path for existing users to upgrade? No, there isn’t one. According to our view, this has always been a gamble with smaller distributions that should be considered if you choose to rely on them. Now, onto the positive news.

One of the prominent features of this new launch is the debut of the brand-new Xfce Edition, which hopefully will not meet the same fate as the Pantheon Edition. It targets users with less powerful devices or those seeking to optimize their system’s performance.

Ultramarine Linux 40 Xfce Edition
Ultramarine Linux 40 Xfce Edition

Aside from Xfce, the distribution also presents GNOME and KDE Plasma. GNOME 46 has been merged into the GNOME Edition, bringing various quality-of-life enhancements. Enthusiasts of KDE will be content with the Plasma 6 desktop upgrades highlighted in the Plasma Edition, acclaimed for its significant usability enhancements.

Expanding the distribution’s outreach, the developers have been actively engaged in their Ultramarine Anywhere initiative, which aims to make the distribution accessible across a wider variety of devices. Noteworthy is the new Chromebook Edition, granting users an easy installation of Ultramarine on x86 Chromebooks. This edition is scheduled to launch in the approaching weeks.

Furthermore, Raspberry Pi users have cause for excitement. The latest release offers full desktop environment support for Raspberry Pi 400, with ongoing developments for newer models like Raspberry Pi 5 and Zero 2.

These versions can be accessed through the Ultramarine site and will soon be obtainable via the Raspberry Pi Imager, which will simplify installations directly from the network installer on Pi 4.

Gazing towards the future, the developers plan to alter the installation procedure by substituting the current Anaconda toolset in the upcoming Ultramarine 41 release. Although still in progress, the new Readymade installer is set to streamline installations and cater to a broader range of hardware and disk configurations.

Finally, Ultramarine’s squad has upgraded its documentation and developer resources, ensuring users and developers have access to the latest and most comprehensive information available.

Refer to the announcement for detailed insights into all the modifications in Ultramarine Linux 40.

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