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Ubuntu is working on Brand-New Desktop Installer Using Flutter

One of the popular Linux Distro, Ubuntu is working on to replace the current Desktop Installer with a new one. Ubuntu Desktop Team and the Canonical Design Team have come together to work on the design of the New Desktop Installer.

For starter, Ubuntu is a Linux distribution based on Debian and composed mostly of free and open-source software. GNOME is the default desktop environment used in Ubuntu, since version 17.10.

Besides all this, the team will be using Flutter an open-source UI software design kit made by Google for the desktop frontend designing. Earlier the operating system was using Ubiquity installer in its desktop images on most of the official Ubuntu distros out there which was introduced in the year 2010. Meanwhile, Ubuntu Server has already got its redesigned installer called Subiquity after the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) rollout.

“Consolidating the installer for server and desktop on common technologies will mean we can deliver a consistent, robust, installation experience across the Ubuntu family and focus our efforts on maintaining a single code base,” quoted Martin Wimpress, Ubuntu Desktop Director.

The new installs of Ubuntu 21.04 (releasing this April) will still feature the old Ubiquity installer and with future releases as well where users can use both the new and old installers as per one's preference.

The new installer is expected to release alongside Ubuntu 21.10 giving the developers sufficient time to thoroughly test it and release the stable one with next long-term support (LTS) rollout. Also, the Github is in action with the codes and ensuring the best design of the New Desktop Installer.