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All New Ubuntu installer, built with Flutter, Getting into Shape

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Canonical made the decision to bet on Flutter as a technology to create the new Ubuntu installer . The company founded and directed by Mark Shuttleworth seems to be clear about its commitment to Google’s graphical interface development kit to broaden its own ecosystem.

The future Ubuntu installer is taking shape and can already be tested by means of an image of the future delivery of the distribution, Impish Indri (21.10). While this does not mean that it will be present at the stable launch of the system, everything seems to indicate that Canonical will strive to achieve its goal, more if you want to implement its new installer in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

In we have decided to take a look at the future Ubuntu installer, and although it seems that there are still things to implement and polish , we are going to tell our first impressions about this software, whose use will surely be common among Linux users in general and those of Ubuntu in particular, which number in the millions.

The first detail that has surprised us is to see the Activities section enabled by default, thus inheriting the behavior of the base implementation of GNOME 40 (for now Ubuntu 21.10 includes version 40.2). Seeing how Canonical has treated GNOME since it decided to bring it back as a desktop , we assume that this behavior will be changed in the final version.

ubuntu 21.10 screenshot

After starting the installer, the available languages ​​appear, few as far as you can see, and Spanish is not among them. The second step consists of the option that the user wants to execute: repair an installed Ubuntu system (which reinstalls the system without touching the configuration files or documents), use the live session and install Ubuntu for the “first time” . In order to investigate further, we have selected the third option.

Language selection in the new Ubuntu installer
Options of the new Ubuntu installer, which allows you to repair, test and install

And we come to the keyboard layout, which, apart from the aesthetic changes, essentially maintains the same design as always. Here we can select Spanish so that the inputs correspond to the keyboard in use.

Keyboard layouts in Ubuntu 21.10 Impish Indri

In the following steps you have to choose the type of installation and indicate the place of installation. It is worth mentioning that, at least for now, there is no manual partitioner , so the installer takes care of defining the partitions that the system will use itself.

Installation type in the new Ubuntu installer
Ubuntu installation partitions

And to finish with the installation configuration, we have created the first user and chosen to use the dark theme as the default, which in Yaru’s case looks better for this server.

Creating the user for Ubuntu 21.10 Impish Indri
Ubuntu 21.10 Impish Indri default theme

After the installation is carried out as usual, although after finishing the process, the user may find that the restart button (Restart) does not work.

Ubuntu 21.10 Impish Indri installation finished

In short, the future Ubuntu installer is taking shape, but it still has a long way to go. In addition to the lack of some features such as the activation of Active Directory support and disk encryption, the user can sometimes see that the installer does not progress after reaching a certain step due to a bug.

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In spite of everything, and looking at the month we are in, that both the system and the installer need more work is something to be expected . Surely the system will be launched with all the fringes corrected, but the new installer will see if it arrives on time.

Those who want to try Ubuntu 21.10 Impish Indri can download it from here . Obviously, we highly recommend using a virtual machine or a secondary machine that can be sacrificed.


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