Over six months of dedicated development has gone into Ubuntu 22.10, the latest version of the Linux desktop operating system. This is the 37th release of Ubuntu since it launched in 2004.
Ubuntu 22.10, codenamed “Kinetic Kudu” comes with a number of improvements to the user experience, a new sound server, new text editor app, and Linux kernel 5.19. It also boasts better-than-ever support for the Raspberry Pi single board computer.
As a short-term support release this version of Ubuntu comes with 9 months of app updates and support. It’s not long, but it take us well past the release of its successor, Ubuntu 23.04 which is due in April of next year.
If you stay on top of your Ubuntu news you should have a good idea about what is in Ubuntu 22.10, so feel free to skip straight to the download section to grab the .iso for yourself!
Like previous relases, included as part of the Ubuntu 22.10 release, there are the Kubuntu 22.10, Xubuntu 22.10, Lubuntu 22.10, Ubuntu Unity 22.10, Ubuntu Studio 22.10, Ubuntu MATE 22.10, Ubuntu Budgie 22.10, and Ubuntu Kylin 22.10 official flavors, which are packed with all the internal changes of Ubuntu 22.10.
The highlight of the Kinetic Kudu flavors release is Ubuntu Unity 22.10, which sees first ever release as an official Ubuntu flavor recognized by Canonical. Ubuntu Unity features the good old Unity7 desktop environment that Canonical used to maintain many years ago, and this should please many old Ubuntu users out there.
Summary of the changes
- BlueZ 5.65
- CUPS 2.4
- Python 3.10.6
- NetworkManager 1.38
- Mesa 22
- Pipewire 0.3.56
- PulseAudio 16
- xdg-desktop-portal 1.14
- Linux Kernel 5.19
- GNOME 43
- IWD is replacing wpa_supplicant
- KDE Plasma 5.25 in Kubuntu
- LXQt 1.1.0 in Lubuntu
- Firefox 106
- LibreOffice 7.4
- Thunderbird 102
In conclusion, Ubuntu 22.10 is so far instant hit thanks mostly to its adoption of PipeWire, and its inclusion of GNOME 43 and associated app updates. Still, this is not an LTS. Those who value stability and familiarity above all else will probably find little compelling reason to trade up. But for everyone else? Get in on it!