Intel Gemini Lake Beelink Gemini X Mini PC, Perfect Support latest Ubuntu 18.04

Just confirmed by Beelink official center, the Gemini X series based on the Intel Gemini lake Processors is the Gemini lake X45 and Gemini lake X55 Mini PC product that perfectly supports the latest Ubuntu 18.04 system without the need for other complicated operations, just as simple as installing the Win 10 system. It’s a extremly exciting news, I believe it is also the gospel of Linux lovers.

For those who like to toss Linux systems, they all know the Ubuntu system, which not only has the security features of the open source system, but also has a beautiful UI that rivals the Apple system, which has become an open source system that can compete with Windows and Mac OS for the market unique advantages. Due to the open source nature of Ubuntu system, there are many Linux enthusiasts who have modified several versions of Ubuntu according to their own needs. Among them, lubuntu, xubuntu and kubuntu are among the best works.

The Ubuntu 18.04 version, code-named “Bionic Beaver,” is the first long-term supported version of the popular Linux-based Ubuntu operating system for two years. This version has 5 years of support and updates from Canonical. This is one of the biggest support – you won’t need to upgrade again until the next decade!

For those who upgraded from 16.04 to Ubuntu 18.04, it is arguably the most changed version of Ubuntu in the near future. Almost every part of the operating system is different, with improvements or new features. A new desktop, new kernel, new apps, new lock screens, new workflows, and more, so if you feel that the next few Ubuntu versions are missing in the functional department – it’s not yours feel– then you will feel: Ubuntu 18.04 LTS upgrades are enough to give you a long-lasting impression. After all, we are talking about the most popular, arguably the most famous desktop Linux distribution. Ubuntu’s bold changes have had a huge impact on millions of open source enthusiasts around the world.

So let’s take a look at the long-awaited new features of the latest Ubuntu 18.04 system installed on the Mini PC of the Beelink Gemini X series.

New installation features
The first major change will only be noticed when installing Ubuntu 18.04. ‘The new minimal installation gives you the same operating system, but with fewer installed apps.’ Installing Ubuntu has never been easier, but in Bionic, the experience is faster and easier. Several options that were previously distributed across multiple screens are now concentrated in one window.

The new option includes a new “minimum install” that installs the same Ubuntu operating system and doesn’t have most of the software that is usually included. You will get a web browser, file manager and basic tools. Everything else has disappeared. Ubuntu created Swap files instead of Swap partitions during the installation process. This change doesn’t affect existing installations and works for meaningful systems (that is, most). This change helps improve system performance.

Ubuntu runs the wizard for the first time
Every user of Ubuntu 18.04, a new installation and upgrade will usher in a new first-run wizard called “Welcome to Ubuntu.”

This tool doesn’t use a companion application like Ubuntu MATE Welcome, which successfully completes the following tasks:
a) For you (and others) the speed of the new desktop, and
b) opt-in Some additional features:

GNOME Shell Desktop Guide
Livepatch can be enabled to install kernel updates without rebooting
Helping improve Ubuntu by enabling anonymous system diagnostics
Snap application overview

GNOME Shell desktop environment
Among all the changes in 18.04, most people will be concerned about the changes: the new desktop environment. The GNOME Shell is more streamlined,cleaner instead of Unity desktop
Since 2010, the native Unity version of the desktop has been helping Ubuntu to consolidate its visibility and shape its personality. Instead, it’s a leaner, cleaner, and more modern GNOME Shell desktop.

Ubuntu developers have made some adjustments to the GNOME Shell to accommodate users upgrading from the final LTS version and Unity desktop:

 

Ubuntu’s customization includes the desktop launcher on the left (appears and works much like the old Unity launcher) and supports the application indicator in the system tray in the top right corner, similar to Unity.

The keyboard-friendly HUD (Head-Up Display) and global menu disappeared; and when you turn on, you couldn’t search for the “Dash” equivalent. The workspace is now implemented using a separate screen (‘Activities’), which also provides an overview of the presentation of all open windows. You will also notice that the window control is now redisplayed on the right side and many keyboard shortcuts have changed.

GNOME Shell 3.28 desktop
a layout similar to Unity
Combined calendar and message tray
No HUD or global menu
Window control on the right
Better notification

This isn’t just a coverage layout that changes due to desktop switching. Ubuntu 18.04 handles desktop notifications differently than Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, and notifications are now displayed in the upper center of the screen. Also includes more features. Now you can turn off alerts, “click” them to the app, and some notifications will provide an “action” button, such as a convenient online response. You will not miss the notification when you are away from the desktop. All unprocessed notifications are now stored in the calendar and message tray so you don’t miss them.

New login and lock screen
The GNOME Display Manager (GDM3) takes over the login and lock screen responsibilities from LightDM and Unity Greeter.

In general, the login screen is more or less the same, although remote login or guest login is not supported, and the login screen no longer displays a “personalized” wallpaper for each account.

To switch between different desktop sessions that have been installed (such as the optional Wayland Technology Preview), simply click on the gear on the login screen, select the session and log in. Sessions are kept between logins, so once the test is complete, you will remember to switch back to another.

Improved settings app
The system setup application used in Ubuntu has been changed from Unity Control Center to GNOME settings. It has a wider, cleaner, and more organized design that navigates from the sidebar.

You can also search for options in the name settings within the app or search in the app screen. If you want to upload as expected, you can install the vanilla GNOME desktop from the Software app.

You can access a bunch of neat features, including:
“Night Lights” – heat your display after sunset to promote natural sleep mode
New screen keyboard – OSK looks and works better than Onboard
Media player controls in the message tray – support Rhythmbox, Spotify, etc.
Wacom Graphics Improvements – Now it’s easier to use GNOME’s input devices

Major software update
Every Ubuntu 18.04 download comes preloaded with a bunch of very useful software. The latest versions of the Mozilla Firefox browser and the Thunderbird email client are available.

Powerful LibreOffice 6 office software
And photography enthusiasts can get a series of improvements in the Shotwell Photo Manager. Calendar is another great core GNOME app that comes with Ubuntu. In Bionic, the calendar app can now display weather forecasts for scheduled events with locations. The app also improved the “month” view layout.

Ubuntu software has thousands of free apps. With the inclusion of the Snap Store, Bionic Beaver also provides a solid foundation for timely application of updated critical software. Ubuntu’s ‘Snapcraft Store’ already has a variety of big-name software, including powerful LibreOffice, browser Firefox, and Chromium, Skype and Spotify. The Ubuntu software application allows easy switching between Snap applications between different channels. Some utilities, desktop calculators and system monitor tools are pre-installed as Snap applications. This shouldn’t have much impact (and should be allowed to be updated independently of the main operating system), but they won’t “integrate” with third-party GTK themes.

New kernel Linux Kernel 4.15
The core of Ubuntu 18.04 is the Linux kernel 4.15. As you would expect, this brings a lot of new and improved hardware support to the bionic beaver. This helps the latest peripherals, keyboards, graphics cards and USB devices “out of the box” and improves the processing and performance of other devices. The Linux 4.15-based Ubuntu Linux kernel also provides secure memory encryption support on AMD hardware, improved power management for systems with SATA link power management, and support for the Linux security module stack – and the entire stack.

Ubuntu 18.04– Sump up
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS is an excellent performance update. With the modern appeal of the NOME Shell desktop, Snaps can provide rapid software updates anytime, anywhere, with the Gemini X series Mini PC as a hardware carrier for better overall performance.

In short, the features of Ubuntu 18.04 are as follows:
New GNOME Shell desktop
‘Minimum’ installation option
Linux Kernel 4.15
Access capture application
Support for color emoji
Updated app,
LibreOffice 6.1
Set the capture application by default
New “to do” application
Python 3.6
New installation defaults to using Swap files
Optional Wayland Callback

Get the downloaded Ubuntu 18.04 system image from here.

Beelink Gemini X Series Mini PC Install Ubuntu 18.04 System Tutorial Link
For more information, visit the Beelink website.

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