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 daily build to try it out for yourself.
Ubuntu 22.04 ‘Jammy Jellyfish’
Ubuntu 22.04’s official codename is “Jammy Jellyfish”. In the UK, where Canonical is based, the term ‘jammy’ is an adjective used to describe someone or something that is particularly lucky. A jellyfish shouldn’t need much of an explanation, though!
Is there any subtext we can take from the codename? Not really, but such a choice codename combo should ensure that the accompanying mascot art and wallpaper is suitably jubilant!
Fact fans may be interested to know while 22.04 is the 36th Ubuntu release since 2004, but only the second to use a codename beginning with the letter ‘J’ (the other being Ubuntu 9.04 “Jaunty Jackalope”).
Ubuntu 22.04: Release Schedule
Ubuntu 22.04 is a long-term support (LTS) release. It will get ongoing app updates and critical security fixes for five years, as well as periodic new Linux kernels releases and updated graphics drivers. Long-term support ends in 2027 and, if past releases are a reliable template, continue into extended support maintenance (ESM) for a further three to five years.
The recommend ‘upgrade’ path from Ubuntu 22.04 LTS will be Ubuntu 24.04 LTS, though users will be able to upgrade to Ubuntu 22.10 on an opt-in basis.
Key events in Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish release schedule:
- Feature Freeze: February 24, 2022
- UI Freeze: March 17, 2022
- Ubuntu 22.04 Beta: March 31, 2022
- Kernel Freeze: April 7, 2022
- Release Candidate: April 14, 2022
Followed by the final release of Ubuntu 22.04 LTS on April 21, 2022.
A bit of pedantic trivia: Ubuntu releases are generally referred to using their codename prior release, not their version number. This makes sense; until it’s actually released the version number could change (it’s based on the year and month). Delays are rare. It’s only happened once in the past, with Ubuntu 6.06 LTS, which was released two months later than initially scheduled.
Ubuntu 22.04: New Features
Okay, chances are you came here wanting to out more about the new features Ubuntu 22.04 is going to come with, so I better get on with it!
If you are upgrading from Ubuntu 20.04 LTS then the list of ‘what’s new’ is pretty sizeable!
Ubuntu now uses Wayland as the default display server (yes, even for NVIDIA users); there’s new horizontal workspace switcher and a horizontal app launcher that lets you rearrange apps; a slew of new settings; Active Directory support; new firewall backend; and a lot more.
You can see our release recaps for Ubuntu 20.10, 21.04 and 21.10 for more details on these.
Also, we will prepare a new LTS to LTS spotters guide closer to release, and a new video where we spotlight all of these (and other) features — so subscribe to the omg! YouTube channel to get notified when it’s out!
New Features Since Ubuntu 21.10
If you’re upgrading from Ubuntu 21.10 then things are a little less transformative. But let’s start with something you WON’T find in the release: GTK4 apps.
Well, that’s not technically true. There will be some apps using GTK4 but the major top-down rebuilds of core apps like Nautilus and Settings that are due to ship in GNOME 42 (releasing mid March 2022) are unlikely to feature in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS by default (at this stage; development is fluid).
Why? Because this is an LTS release and the focus is squarely on stability and reliability. Shiny though a revamped file manager is, there simply isn’t enough time to test it thoroughly enough for inclusion in an LTS release (and supported for five years).
GNOME Shell 42 is planned for inclusion, though at the time of writing the daily builds still use a mix of GNOME 40 and GNOME 41. This will change as we get closer to April (and this post will be updated to reflect it).
An updated version of the Yaru GTK theme has swapped purple accent colours for orange. The result is a very orange look. It’s not awful, and in isolation orange accents are fine. But it can feel overwhelmingly orange in certain apps and tools — you’ve been warned!
GNOME 41 versions of many apps will also be included, giving Ubuntu users the first chance to test out the many (rather excellent) GNOME 41 features like quick power mode switching, new ‘multitasking’ options in Settings, lower-power tweaks deigned to prolong battery life,
These and other proposed changes:
- GNOME Shell 42 (but GNOME 41 core apps)
- New Flutter-based installer
- New Flutter-based firmware update tool
- Linux kernel 5.15 LTS
- New multitasking options in Settings
- Updated Yaru GTK theme using more orange
- Major performance improvements to Mutter
Additionally, Ubuntu 22.04 LTS is designed to run well on the Raspberry Pi 4 2GB model.
Download Ubuntu 22.04 Daily Build
If you want to check in with the current state of development you can download an Ubuntu 22.04 daily build at the site below.
Keep in mind that daily builds are not stable and you shouldn’t used them as your main OS. That said, they can be used in virtual machines or separate partitions without issue and are a great way to take the release for a spin ahead of the final release.