Kinetic Kudu is finally here. The latest release of popular Linux distribution Ubuntu 22.10 has been announced for general release. This time there's quite a lot that’s new, including an excellent antelope-based desktop background.
Kinetic is an interim release, meaning it gets support for nine months, after which you’re expected to upgrade to the next version. This stands in contrast to the previous release, 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish, which was a long-term support, or LTS, release, which will be supported for much longer. All the way to April 2027 in fact.
Gnome 43 is the big news in Kinetic, the latest version of the popular desktop environment brings with it a number of enhancements. These include quick settings so you can toggle Wi-Fi, dark mode theme, and power schemes easily. The quick settings also makes switching between different networks and audio devices simple too. The Nautilus file manager has had a complete makeover, and elsewhere a lot of work has gone into increasing overall performance, with support for the latest processor architectures from Intel and AMD, plus the OS includes multi-threaded decompression to improve multi-core desktop Snap performance.
Talking of Snaps, the containerised app packages that have been divisive among users for being convenient but slow and buggy, Kinetic’s Steam snap comes with the latest version of Mesa, an open-source graphics library that bundles OpenGL, OpenCL, Vulkan and more into one package. Linux gaming (opens in new tab) is increasing in popularity, particularly since the launch of the Steam Deck, and useful packages like Mesa just make it easier.
Users of single-board computers such as the Raspberry Pi (opens in new tab) are catered for too, with a release also being provided for our favorite single board computer. If your SBC preferences is for alternative CPUs, 22.10 has support for more RISC-V (opens in new tab) processors included. Interestingly the press release mentions support for MicroPython on a variety of microcontrollers, including the Raspberry Pi Pico W (opens in new tab). this support boils down to software packages being available in the official repositories. There's also a lean toward Internet of Things development, with updated toolchains for Ruby, Go, GCC and the Rust programming language. “Connected devices are an exciting area of innovation that also create new digital risks in the home and the business,” said Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Ubuntu parent company Canonical. “We are focused on enabling a new generation of easy to use and highly secure IoT, so these developers in particular will find a number of quality of life improvements for embedded device and remote development in Ubuntu 22.10.”
Ubuntu 22.10 is available for download (opens in new tab) and installation on x86 and compatible Arm or RISC-V devices starting today.
My entire experience installing and configuring Ubuntu 20.04 was a disaster. Nothing worked out of the box. You have to search the web and edit config files to get the audio to work. You have to install the nvidia drivers (that they tell you not to) to get video playback to work without stuttering. And the network... omg. Between the auto-poweroff and connectivity-checking it is a nightmare to get smooth consistent wifi working. And then vmware is it's own disaster. God forbid you have TPM enabled in your bios. And then it doesn't even work reliably! Vm's have input lag and slow down even worse over time. It's like someone at Ubuntu, internally, is trying to take them down. IMHO they have succeeded.
No thank you Ubuntu. I do not want your broken software. I'm now a Mint fan. It all just works, straight out of the box.
If you want everything working out of the box, PoP OS is even better than Mint at that.
Both Mint and PoP OS are great user-friendly distros for consumers.
Many distros have this policy that every single driver / software needs to be open source or otherwise can't be included. PoP OS doesn't give a damn about this and just includes what people need to have a fully functioning user-friendly OS out of the box.
Even though Mint and PoP OS are both distros that are based off Ubuntu, Ubuntu itself is not really designed for consumers. Ubuntu's customers are all corporate.
I think I'll simply bite the bullet : with Debian having OK'd firmware binaries in the install media, my next reformat will go to it. I merely need to experiment on a throwaway machine before I do in my main rig. Or, I may use that opportunity to switch to an NVMe SSD.
I downloaded a premade VM and tried it, and it sucked
I’m sticking with opensuse