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Ubuntu Studio 19.10 Released

The Ubuntu Studio team is pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu Studio 19.10, code-named “Eoan Ermine”. This marks Ubuntu Studio’s 26th release. This release is a regular release and as such, it is supported for 9 months.

For those requiring longer-term support, we encourage you to install Ubuntu Studio 18.04 “Bionic Beaver” and add the Ubuntu Studio Backports PPA, which will keep 18.04 supported through April 2021.

Since it’s just out, you may experience some issues, so you might want to wait a bit before upgrading. Please see the release notes for a complete list of changes and known issues.

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New This Release

OBS Studio

OBS Studio is now included by default, making Ubuntu Studio the first-ever operating system ready for live streaming and video recording out-of-the-box.

We realize that OBS Studio 24 has already been released, however we only include version 23 since by the time version 24 was released, the deadlines for inclusion in the Ubuntu repositories had already passed. As such, if you require a newer version, the OBS Project does have a PPA. If you choose to add this PPA, please note that neither the Ubuntu Studio nor any other Ubuntu team can support it.

Additional Audio Plugins

Adding nearly 100 audio plugins to Ubuntu Studio, we now include plugins from the Linux Studio Plugins project and the Distrho Plugins Framework. You will find these plugins in LADSPA, LV2, and VST formats.


To replace the abandoned LADI Session Handler, we opted to adopt RaySession, a Qt-based audio application session handler API-compatible with Non Session Manager. This already supports a large number of applications that are already installed by default, and, per user feedback, provides superior session handling than the old LADI tools when paired with Carla.

New Ubuntu Studio Controls

Ubuntu Studio Controls version 1.11.3 is included in this release, and provides numerous improvements:

  • Now includes an indicator to show whether or not Jack is running
  • Added Jack backend selections: Firewire, ALSA, or Dummy (used for testing configurations)
  • Added multiple PulseAudio bridges
  • Added convenient buttons for starting other configuration tools

Other Changes

Ufraw has been removed from the repositories as development ceased in 2015, and it is incompatible with the current version of Gimp. For those affected, we suggest you find a new workflow for working with RAW images. Applications we suggest include RawTherapee and DarkTable.

Want to help out?

Ubuntu Studio is maintained by a very small team and we are actively seeking new contributors. We are looking for developers, packagers and testers. Even if you are interested in contributing outside these areas, please do not hesitate to reach out. Your contribution is precious regardless of your field of activity. We are open to volunteers with all expertise levels. Just head over to our contribute page to find out how to get started.

Found a bug?

Taking the time to report bugs makes a huge difference; it’s the first step towards improvement! Clear and specific bug reports is the best way to get attention to a problem that needs fixing. The easiest way to create a bug report is with the terminal.

Open one up and type: ubuntu-bug <package>

Read more about this at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ReportingBugs

Special Thanks for This Release

  • Erich Eickmeyer: Project Leader, Communications, Ubuntu Studio Installer contributions, Social Media, Packaging, Documentation, Artwork, Vision
  • Len Ovens: Ubuntu Studio Controls, Ubuntu Studio Installer, Coding
  • Brian Hechinger: Ubuntu Studio Controls contributions and testing
  • Thomas Ward: Packaging, Ubuntu Core Developer for Ubuntu Studio, Code Cleanup
  • Ross Gammon: Upstream Debian Developer, Guidance, Sage Wisdom
  • Our many testers and help along the way

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