Ubuntu 22.04 LTS is now available. As a Long Term Support release of the popular GNU/Linux distribution, it’ll be officially supported for at least five years. That means Ubuntu 22.04 will continue receiving bug fixes, security patches, and other updates until April, 2027, making it a good choice for folks that don’t want to get used to a new version of the operating system every six months.

Among other things, the latest version of Ubuntu brings an updated kernel and default apps, a new default wallpaper and login screen, and a new screenshot tool. The default desktop environment has also been updated to GNOME 42, which brings support for a global dark mode, a new screenshot tool, and performance improvements.

Ubuntu 22.04 LTS is also the first Long Term Support release to support Raspberry Pi hardware, since official support for running Ubuntu on Raspberry Pi’s low-cost, low-power computers has only been around since Ubuntu 20.10 was released in late 2020.

Canonical says that you’ll be able to run Ubuntu 22.04 LTS on Raspberry Pi 4 or Raspberry Pi Zero 2W devices with at least 2GB of RAM.

Other changes in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS include the use of Wayland as the default display server, support for resizing the size of icons in the dock (which effectively resizes the dock itself), support for choosing one of 10 different accent colors for the Yaru theme, support for enabling or disabling animations in the Accessibility settings, an update to Linux kernel 5.15, and updated versions of pre-installed applications including Firefox, Thunderbird, and LibreOffice.

Canonical has also updated the Ubuntu installer with a new version that more closely matches the desktop theme.

via Ubuntu

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4 replies on “Ubuntu 22.04 LTS brings GNOME 42 desktop, Raspberry Pi compatibility, and 5 years of support”

  1. DRM support? Streaming is 100% THE feature missing in home Ubuntu systems for Raspberry 4 and so far hasn’t been a feature.

  2. china block internet, russia block internet, ukrainian have trouble with internet.
    how download ubuntu and all package for install offline?
    all, for source, gem ruby, pip, latex modules etc.

    1. You can torrent it or use proxies, or tor or i2p.
      For now. Provided you can download the software to connect to these things.
      Operating systems at the moment aren’t considered major targets, most of the focus is stopping people from communicating.
      You could also attempt to smuggle in a Starlink router/antenna but I don’t like the idea of Starlink as a fallback, because by the time they fall to the pressure to censor too, there won’t be any alternatives left, and the whole constellation idea seems like something that will inevitably collapse into Kessler syndrome at some point (which gets many times more likely if someone attempts a competing satellite network). It just takes one screw up.

      I also wouldn’t recommend hosting a mirror of the complete Ubuntu repository just because of how much of it, like Firefox, is snaps. Other distros like Debian might be a better idea.

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