Renard’s Thoughts On Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

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Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, codename, “Jammy Jellyfish,” is going to be the talk of the Linux world soon (Canonical has plans on releasing the official version on Thursday the 21st of April, 2022).

You can bet the last dollar in your wallet (or purse) that most of the Linux reviewers on YouTube will be checking out Ubuntu 22.04 LTS as soon as the official version becomes available.

Regardless of whether or not people like Ubuntu, it is undeniably one of the most widely used Linux distributions on the planet.

The release of Ubuntu 22.04 LTS will also be significant for Linux distributions that use Ubuntu as their foundation.

So, without further ado, it is time for me to let you know what I think of Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

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Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Is A Hot Mess

To be fair, most Ubuntu Beta releases are buggy (They do, however, provide the user a sneak peek at what is to come).

Here are some of the annoying bugs on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS:

  • When launched from a USB drive on a BIOS system, the Ubuntu Desktop images can be slow to boot (up to 10 minutes). The problem is being looked upon, however, once the system is deployed, it will not be an issue.
  • When launched from optical media (DVD) on a BIOS or UEFI machine, the Ubuntu Desktop images can be quite slow to boot (up to 30 minutes). This is due to the installation media being subjected to an integrity checker. In the relevant bug, there is a workaround (setting “fsck.mode=skip”).
  • It is possible for the keyboard layout to revert to English throughout the desktop installation process, and there is now an option to read your password while entering it to mitigate difficulties. The investigation into the root cause and the resolution of the bug is still ongoing.

Hopefully, Ubuntu will fix the flaws before the official release date.

Ubuntu’s new logo

Ubuntu Has A New Logo

Surprise! Ubuntu has a new logo!

Marcus Haslam, the designer behind the second and third iterations, goes into greater detail about the redesign process and how they got back to where they started:

“Both thirteen years ago, as well as now, it was a long, thorough process to get to the final version. Together with our CEO Mark Shuttleworth, we had a free for all in our thinking, both times. Bringing in lateral thinking, feedback and creativity from across the business to get to the bottom of what the logo represents to see what comes out. And we did have some quite left-field ideas. But our values had not changed back then and neither have they now. So in the end, nothing made sense apart from simply updating the Circle of Friends to a more contemporary look and feel. It was important to go through this process though, as it cemented our respect for and commitment to the Circle of Friends. Going full circle and coming back to it was a powerful affirmation of our values.”

Personally, I liked the older logo.

In all honesty, Ubuntu’s new logo is not horrible, although it bears a striking resemblance to the recycling bin sign that can be found all over the world.

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Ubuntu Is Supposedly New And Improved

What is different in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS?

It comes with the following:

  • GNOME 42 desktop environment (Which has been configured in the usual Ubuntu manner).
  • A new version of the Yaru GTK theme.
  • Kernel 5.15 (Hey, that is quite old; Arch Linux has a much newer kernel).
  • Support for Raspberry Pi models with as little as 2 GB of RAM.
  • OpenSSL 3.0 (A new standard for OpenSSL that was released in September 2021).
  • Python 3.10.0.
  • Ruby 3.0.
  • Grub 2.06
  • A new firmware updater app.
  • A new installer.

Okay, it surely looks as though Ubuntu is trying its best.

Ubuntu 22.04 LTS also comes with updated versions of:

  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Mozilla Thunderbird
  • LibreOffice

Wrapping Up

Despite the fact that Ubuntu 22.04 LTS works out of the box, I cannot recommend it to Linux newbies.

Why?

Because GNOME 42 is not user-friendly.

If you are already an Ubuntu user, you should have no problems transitioning to Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

Newcomers to Linux, in my opinion, will have a much easier time getting started with Linux Mint (It has a layout that is reminiscent of Windows 7).

As far as I recall, the Beta version of Ubuntu was always riddled with flaws, and some of those bugs would eventually make their way into the official version.

I sincerely wish Canonical continued success with the development of Ubuntu 22.04 LTS (In spite of being a staunch Arch Linux user, I do want to see other distributions of Linux succeed).

Do you plan on using Ubuntu 22.04 LTS when it comes out officially?

14 thoughts on “Renard’s Thoughts On Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

  1. Not sure if I like the new logo. I won’t be using Ubuntu again. My goal is Arch. I agree, Ubuntu isn’t an easy Linux to move to from Windows. I do wonder what direction Canonical is heading in.

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  2. “(setting “fsck.mode=skip”).”
    Yeah, fsck you Ubuntu! 😐

    “Personally, I liked the older logo.”
    Indeed, the older logo was about the best part in this fscked system and much more circle-of-friendlier than the new one. And the quote by that designer guy? Total corporation style hogwash. Was he just at a promotional workshop or sumfink?

    I, for myself, am happy over the moon that I’ve never installed Ubuntu on any of my machines. Ubu Mate for a test but nothing else. My first distro was Mint and then directly to Manjaro.

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  3. You mentioned a newer kernel than 5.15. True, but as Ubu 22.04 is to be a long-term-support (LTS) release, it only makes sense to use a LTS kernel, right? I always stick with LTS kernels anyway, just for reliability.

    Lots of developers use Ubuntu as a base to build on, including some of the “best for newbies” distros like Mint, Linux Lite, Zorin, and about 30 zillion other distributions. It must be a darn good and reliable base to build upon if so many devs are using it. But if I were a ‘bunter user, or a user of any ‘buntu derivative, I would stick with the prior LTS version until it reaches end of life before going to the next one, if only to give the new version time to shake out the flaws and fix all the bugs.

    As for the Gnome desktop, it’s still an ugly resource hog that shouldn’t be the default. But Ubuntu makes it work somehow I guess. Most derivatives use other desktop environments, though, and it wouldn’t surprise me if the Ubuntu “flavors” (Lubu, Xubu, Kubu, etc) have more users than their “flagship” Gnome version.

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