Ubuntu, Canonical’s popular Linux distribution, is entering beta with its latest release, 22.10, ahead of its October release. In Ubuntu 22.10 the Gnome 43 desktop is integrated into the free operating system and the default desktop wallpaper image is very nice.thanks to OMG! Ubuntu (opens in new tab) To bring to our attention some of the information below.
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Gnome 43 subtly changes the look of the OS, but it’s still the Ubuntu we know and love. The stunning new “Kinetic Kudu” (antelope) image on your desktop is in the familiar Ubuntu branding colors, and your favorites dock hangs to the left unless you move it. The stable version is scheduled to be released on October 20th, and the beta version is intended for bug testing prior to the release candidate just before the final release. Users of 18.04 ‘Bionic Beaver’ in 2018 may be of particular interest as the OS reaches end of support next April.
Beware of 22.04 LTS ‘Jammy Jellyfish’ (opens in new tab) remains a long-term support OS and may be a better choice for newcomers. The new 22.10 is a “regular” or “interim” release, with nine months of support compared to five years for 22.04. The LTS release is also the latest available for the Raspberry Pi (opens in new tab) Owners and everyone who uses the newly acquired OS to stream the OS Google cloud (opens in new tab) integration.
New in 22.10 includes a new quick settings menu that lets you toggle changes, like quickly changing audio devices, instead of jumping through the entire menu. The Nautilus file manager has been revamped, using the GTK4 toolkit, with tabs, a pop-out sidebar, redesigned spacing and icons, and an overall fresh, modern look that is somewhat (whisperly) Mac-like. I was. Finally, you can also use your mouse to drag a box to select multiple files.
The Settings app has a new section that groups Ubuntu desktop options in one place, and an updated Security section that provides information about the device’s firmware security status, such as whether Secure Boot is on or off. The Calendar app has been polished with a new sidebar and pinch-to-zoom support, and it no longer includes To-Do, but the Software app can now display other apps from the same developer.
Text editor fans will see Gedit replace Gnome’s own text editor. There is a new default audio server in PipeWire format, which not only handles Bluetooth audio more reliably than PulseAudio, but also has better hardware compatibility and lower CPU usage. You also get the benefit of the new kernel – 5.19 as opposed to 5.15 in 22.04. Improvements include improved networking code, improved rendering for AMD GPUs, and broader hardware support.
Kinetic Kudu Ubuntu release server (opens in new tab), use it as a live CD or virtual machine for testing, or install it on a spare PC. Being in beta, it is not recommended for mission-critical or production environments. Daily builds have been released and you can submit feedback on issues found during official testing. test week (opens in new tab), which runs until October 6th. Beta installations are updated to the release version through an internal upgrade mechanism.