Application library, Raspberry Pi support and more!

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After staying in beta last month, the latest version of Pop! _OS, i.e. 21.10, has finally been released. The release brings new features, an improved user interface, and a new variant of Raspberry Pi which we will discuss later in this article. Here is all what’s new in Pop! _OS 21.10 and how to upgrade to the same from Pop! _OS 21.04.

Pop! _OS 21.10 Features: What’s New?

Application launcher

One of the strengths of the version is the addition of the “application library”. You may remember that the GNOME application menu covers the entire screen, making it harder to see the files and shortcuts you have on your desktop. The app library in Pop Desktop looks more like a Windows 11 style app lister, but unlike the same, it’s a floating window with no dock connection.

It can be opened by clicking “Applications” in the upper left corner, with a right four-finger swipe on the trackpad, or by using the Super (Windows) + A keyboard shortcut. Here are its features and everything you can do while using it.

  • The search bar at the top allows you to search both installed apps and apps available in Pop! _Shop.
  • The apps are listed in alphabetical order, which should make finding apps quicker and easier.
  • You can drag and drop apps into custom folders which you can access directly from the bottom as they act like tabs.
  • For those with multiple monitors, the Application Library will open on the monitor where the mouse focus is.

Update the installation

The install refresh feature allows you to reinstall Pop! _OS without losing your essential files in the home directory if Pop! _OS is installed from the recovery partition. This should make things easier if there is a problem while using the operating system.

RIP launch bar. Welcome GNOME 40, new NVIDIA kernel and driver

System76 repositories have replaced Ubuntu’s Launchpad. This decision was made to speed up and control package updates.

neofetch pop! _os 21.10

Pop eventually made the switch to GNOME 40. Here is a list of the features that come with GNOME 40. Some of the additions are Wi-Fi sorting in settings and autocomplete in files. The developers of System76 are developing an internal desktop environment in the Rust programming language for Pop! _OS. It will be interesting to see the results when he arrives.

Apart from that, Pop! _OS 21.10 is based on the latest Linux 5.15.5 kernel and comes with the latest NVIDIA drivers.

Pop! _OS 21.10 For Raspberry Pi 4

Finally, the hackable minicomputer finally gets a Pop! _OS treatment to make it a more viable desktop minicomputer. If you have a Raspberry Pi 4 and want to install 21.10, here’s how.

Other changes

  • The recovery partition is updated before upgrading the operating system. This is to ensure that the refresh option in the recovery part can install the latest version if there is a problem.
  • User-added PPAs will be disabled during upgrade as they are known to cause issues.

How do I upgrade to Pop! _OS 21.10?

There are two ways to upgrade: using terminal and from settings.

Type the following commands and press Enter to update using Terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrde

After entering the password, type this command and press Enter.

pop-upgrade release upgrade
pop! _os 21.10 update available

You should also see the update in your settings. All you need to do is open the Settings app, go to the “Upgrade and recover operating system” menu, and click download / upgrade.

What do you think of the release? Let us know in the comments section below.


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