Ubuntu 22.10 is primed, ready to release on October 20 and to help ratchet up the excitement I’ve put together a short video to showcase the release’s most exciting new features.
Not that much of it of will be a surprise if you read this blog often enough 😉!
All told, Ubuntu 22.10 is a fairly modest update to Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. The inclusion of GNOME 43 and the switch to PipeWire as the underlying audio stack are both significant changes, but there’s little else to lure long-term support users away from the luxurious bosom (oo-er) of stability.
Not that it’s a total non-event, mind.
As mentioned, GNOME 43 and its new pod-like Quick Settings menu is the star attraction (being able to quickly switch wi-fi network from the menu itself was long overdue).
Plus, there’s an adaptive Nautilus, and out-of-the-box support for WebP images (meme makers rejoice).
A refreshed set of software ships as standard, though there are some lineup changes.
Few will find themselves tearful at the loss of the no-frills To Do app, while the decision to replace esteemed text editor Gedit with GNOME’s new libadwaita-based equivalent is likely to excite as many as it enrages!
There’s a newer Linux kernel (5.19, though not the very latest, 6.0) and gamers are certain appreciate the inclusion of a newer Mesa snapshot — all expected changes in a fixed-release distro like Ubuntu.
If anything, the Kinetic Kudu is not as energetic as its codename intimates As interim releases it is a passably interesting yet largely iterative issue. Formulaic? That’s not a bad thing. Releases like this are sure-footed foundations on which more ambitious changes can later rest.
Hit play on the embed at the top of this post to catch the video in-situ, or yeet yourself over to YouTube. It may help you decide to upgrade to Ubuntu 22.10, or it may convince you to stay put on whatever version/distro you’ve currently using. Either way, it’s good to know!