Ubuntu 22.04 Release Date & New Features

Ubuntu 22.04 is due for release on April 21, 2022. In this post we look at the various new features and key changes that are planned for the release. Development of Ubuntu 22.04 is still at a somewhat early stage but we do have a good idea of what to expect from the update developers have codenamed “Jammy Jellyfish”. In this post we rundown everything that’s known so far, from the Ubuntu 22.04 release date to how long it’ll be supported for. And at the very bottom of this article you will find a link to download the Ubuntu 22.04 :sys_more_orange:

:sys_omgubuntu: omgubuntu.co.uk/2022/01/ubuntu

Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Will Use Linux 5.15 Kernel

Ubuntu 22.04 LTS will come with the Linux 5.15 kernel by default. That’s the current plan according to Canonical’s Sebastien Bacher, who says “the plan is to use 5.15 for the LTS but the oem and hwe variants will get 5.17 as some point”. Surprised? It is a slightly older kernel version than what’s currently available, but there is a logic in using it: Linux 5.15 is a long-term support release. It’s supported by updates until October 2023. Still, many had expected Ubuntu 22.04 to ship either 5.16 or 5.17 as previous Ubuntu LTS releases haven’t always used kernel LTS :sys_more_orange:

:sys_omgubuntu: omgubuntu.co.uk/2022/01/ubuntu

Here’s Our First Look at System76’s Rust-Based Desktop Environment

If you’ve been itching to hear some progress about System76’s new desktop environment, you’re in luck! Developer Eduardo Flores went hands on with early development versions of several COSMIC components and written about his findings (with copious amount of screenshots) on his blog. “System76’s objective is to create something that is faster, more customizable, and free of the limitations of the GNOME desktop environment, and let’s face it, we’re all curious as to how this desktop will look like,” Eduardo writes. And hey: he’s not wrong! Do keep in mind that everything you see in his (and this) post is :sys_more_orange:

:sys_omgubuntu: omgubuntu.co.uk/2022/01/heres-

Ubuntu 22.04 Aims to Ship GNOME 42, But Few GTK4 Apps

GNOME 42 could still feature in Ubuntu 22.04 when it arrives this April — but don’t expect to see too many GTK4 apps with it. Ubuntu developers say they ‘aim’ to include the bulk of GNOME 42 release in Ubuntu 22.04 but are currently tasked with updating the GNOME Shell stack to the latest GNOME 41 released. GNOME 42 is in active development itself ahead of a stable release in March. The first alpha is expected to drop this month and will feature a fair number of apps ported to and/or taking advantage of GTK4 and libadwaita. But Ubuntu isn’t :sys_more_orange:

:sys_omgubuntu: omgubuntu.co.uk/2022/01/ubuntu

Say Hello to Warble, a Wordle Clone for elementary OS

It was inevitable that the popularity of viral word guessing game Wordle would inspire clones, and thus only a matter of time before one of them popped up on Linux. And lo, it has elementary OS gets to call first-dibs with Warble. Built by Andrew Vojak, Warble is described as a “native Linux word-guessing game built in Vala and Gtk for elementary OS.” The aim? Just like Wordle (and the 80s gameshow Lingo) is to figure out what the five letter word is in as few guesses as possible. Letters in the correct place are green, letters in the word but :sys_more_orange:

:sys_omgubuntu: omgubuntu.co.uk/2022/01/warble

KDE Plasma 5.24’s Default Wallpaper is Unveiled

The brand new default wallpaper that will feature in the upcoming release of KDE Plasma 5.24 has been revealed. If you’ve been reading this site for a while you may have noticed that I’m rather fond of desktop wallpapers, particularly the ‘default’ ones used by Ubuntu and related distros, and those shipped by desktop environments like GNOME and KDE Plasma. I don’t profess that wallpapers are interesting or worthy of as much attention as I give them, but hey: we all have our little quirks. That, and I do know that a lot of readers are curious (if not obsessed) :sys_more_orange:

:sys_omgubuntu: omgubuntu.co.uk/2022/01/kde-pl

This App Makes Installing GNOME Extensions MUCH Easier

Want to install GNOME extensions without using a web browser? Check out the new 'Extension Manager' app. Full details on this super handy tool inside.

:sys_omgubuntu: omgubuntu.co.uk/2022/01/gnome-

Ubuntu Brings Full Desktop to Raspberry Pi 4 2GB RAM

Want to run the full Ubuntu desktop on a Raspberry Pi 4 with 2GB of RAM? Well, now you can. Ubuntu already supports the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B 4GB and 8GB versions (and has done since the Ubuntu 20.10 release). Now the team building the distro plan to go further by supporting the Raspberry Pi 4 2GB model too (which costs around £40, if you’re considering one). However, making Ubuntu run decently on devices with modest amounts of memory is difficult. Enter zswap, Ubuntu’s ‘secret weapon’ in targeting low-memory Pis with the full-blown Ubuntu experience. Most Ubuntu systems come :sys_more_orange:

:sys_omgubuntu: omgubuntu.co.uk/2022/01/ubuntu

PinePhone Pro ‘Explorer Edition’ Pre-Orders Go Live

Pre-orders for the PinePhone Pro 'Explorer Edition' are now live on the Pine Store. The powerful upgrade to the original PinePhone costs from $399.

:sys_omgubuntu: omgubuntu.co.uk/2022/01/pineph

Ubuntu 21.04 Support Ends Next Week

The end is nigh for the Hirsute Hippo, as official support for Ubuntu 21.04 ends on January 20, 2022. After this date it will get no further updates.

:sys_omgubuntu: omgubuntu.co.uk/2022/01/ubuntu

Firefox 96 is Available to Download, This is What’s New

We look at what's new in Firefox 96, show a few screenshots, and give you a download link you don't need as Ubuntu comes with Firefox pre-installed.

:sys_omgubuntu: omgubuntu.co.uk/2022/01/firefo

Linux Mint Inks New Deal with Mozilla

Linux Mint and Mozilla have signed a new partnership deal. Announced today, the commercial tie-up means Firefox will continue to remain Linux Mint’s default web browser but, crucially, no longer ship with Mint-specific customisations. Don’t panic unnecessarily; Mint say Firefox will continue to be distributed as a .deb package via the official Linux Mint repositories. But the way it’s built will change change. Current versions of Linux Mint ship with Firefox by default but it’s a customised version of Firefox that includes settings, search engines, and start pages that deviate from the ones found in “vanilla” Firefox. With this deal: :sys_more_orange:

:sys_omgubuntu: omgubuntu.co.uk/2022/01/linux-

How to Give Firefox an Adwaita Makeover

Do you want a Firefox theme that makes the browser better integrate with the vanilla GNOME desktop? If you do, check out the Firefox GNOME Theme on GitHub. It’s an all-in-one transformation pack that works with modern versions of the browser. When applied it makes Firefox look and feel like a regular GTK app adhering to GNOME’s Adwaita theme. We’re talking the same gradients, colours, and button shapes as Adwaita, and it supports Adwaita’s standard light look as well as it’s dark mode. Compared to the way Firefox under this Adwaita looks normally, this theme offers: Adwaita light & dark :sys_more_orange:

:sys_omgubuntu: omgubuntu.co.uk/firefox-gnome-

Linux Kernel 5.16 Released with Gaming Boost, Nintendo Joy-Con Drivers + More

The Linux Kernel just received its major update of the year — and if you’re a gamer, it’s a corker! Linus Torvalds announced the availability of Linux kernel 5.16 exactly where he always announces it: the Linux kernel mailing list. The Linux 5.16 release was delayed by week or so due to the appearance of a red-suited bearded fellow, something Torvalds notes in his announcement where he quips: “we had that extra week due to the holidays, and it’s not like we had lots of last-minute things that needed to be sorted out”. So what’s new? Well, Linux 5.16 introduces a :sys_more_orange:

:sys_omgubuntu: omgubuntu.co.uk/2022/01/new-fe

How to Make Spotify’s Desktop App Look Great with Custom Themes

Do you think the official Spotify for Linux client would look better with a major restyle? So did the devs behind customisation tool Spicetify, which can do just that. I last showcased a “hacky” way to use custom Spotify skins back in 2016 using the Spotio project. That effort is long dormant but several similarly-minded methods have emerged in the years since, enabled by comprehensive CLI tool Spicetify (via Diolinux). Now, I’ve put “hacky” in quotes there as while these efforts aren’t “one click” solutions that most users will feel comfortable applying, they’re not exactly difficult or exotic to achieve, :sys_more_orange:

:sys_omgubuntu: omgubuntu.co.uk/2022/01/spicet

Canonical Announces Big Changes for ‘Future of Snapcraft’

Unexpectedly, Canonical has shared a new blog post covering ‘the future of Snapcraft’ — but don’t get carried away: they’re not moving away from Snap apps. In fact, they’re kinda doubling down. Canonical’s Igor Ljubuncic explains more in a relatively wordy-yet-vague blog post. He says that the current codebase for Snapcraft (the technology behind Snaps) will become “legacy” and a newer, smaller, and ‘even more modular’ Snapcraft codebase (dubbed ‘core22’) will take over. Yes, Canonical is rewiring Snapcraft. One hopes this address some of its present shortcomings and, again, one hopes the changes may broaden its appeal within the wider :sys_more_orange:

:sys_omgubuntu: omgubuntu.co.uk/2022/01/canoni

How to Make GNOME Shell Look Like Unity (‘Cos Why Not, Right?)

Want to make GNOME Shell look like the Unity desktop? If you do, then this guide is for you. Just don’t thank me for what follows. A reader called Alwyn sent the whole run-through to me via the Tip Form, complete with screenshots. They said I could publish it if I found it interesting (which surprise: I did). Now, I’m uneasy publishing anything not written — typo’d? — by me (you may notice I’m the only regular author around here). There are a number of reasons for this but the chief one is that I can’t afford to pay for :sys_more_orange:

:sys_omgubuntu: omgubuntu.co.uk/2022/01/make-g

The ‘Dell XPS 13 Plus’ Features a Radical Redesign, But Keeps Ubuntu Option

Details on the Dell XPS 13 Plus, unveiled at CES 2022. The device boasts a big redesign with controversial changes. An Ubuntu version will also go on sale.

:sys_omgubuntu: omgubuntu.co.uk/2022/01/dell-u

How to Upgrade to Linux Mint 20.3 (Spoiler: It’s Easy)

With Linux Mint 20.3 release now available you may be wondering how to upgrade to it — here’s how. You can upgrade Linux Mint 20.1 or 20.2 to Linux Mint 20.3. If you’re on an older 19.x release you will need to upgrade to Mint 20 before you can upgrade to the latest point release. Before you upgrade anything you should be sensible and backup any important files. Use the Timeshift utility available in Linux Mint to create a system snapshot. This way you can quickly restore to a working version of the OS should anything go wrong during the :sys_more_orange:

:sys_omgubuntu: omgubuntu.co.uk/2022/01/how-to

Linux Mint 20.3 is now available to download

You’ve patiently waited for it, and now it’s arrived —no, not the new year! I’m talking about the release of Linux Mint 20.3! Yes, after five months of development the much-fancied follow-up to July’s Linux Mint 20.2 release is sort of out (the downloads are live, but the release announcement hasn’t gone up). It is a substantial update packed with numerous visual changes and usability enhancements that make this already-user-friendly distro even easier to use. Linux Mint 20.3 is based on Ubuntu 20.04.5 LTS and ships with Linux 5.4 kernel. It is supported with updates until 2025, though you’ll be able :sys_more_orange:

:sys_omgubuntu: omgubuntu.co.uk/2022/01/linux-

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