Canonical Releases Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Posted on April 21, 2022 by Paul Thurrott in Linux with 21 Comments

Canonical today announced the release of Ubuntu 22.04 LTS which, as a long-term support release, will be supported for 10 years.

“Our mission is to be a secure, reliable, and consistent open-source platform—everywhere,” Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth says. “Ubuntu 22.04 LTS unlocks innovation for industries with demanding infrastructure security requirements, such as telecommunications and industrial automation, underpinning their digital transformation.”

Canonical says that Ubuntu 22.04 LTS brings “significant leaps forward” in cloud confidential computing, real-time kernel for industrial applications, and enterprise Active Directory, PCI-DSS, HIPAA, FIPS, and FedRAMP compliance. And it’s the only Linux distribution to support Microsoft Azure Confidential Computing virtual machines (VMs), which guarantees confidentiality between different cloud customers and between customers and Azure operators via hardware-level encrypted guest isolation, measured boot, and TPM-backed full-disk encryption.

Ubuntu 22.04 LTS is also the first LTS release to support the Ubuntu Desktop on the Raspberry Pi 4.

“With Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, the entire recent Raspberry Pi device portfolio is supported for the very first time, from the new Raspberry Pi Zero 2W to the Raspberry Pi 4,” Raspberry Pi Trading CEO Eben Upton says. “It’s great to see a certified Ubuntu Desktop release that includes support for the 2 GB Raspberry Pi 4, giving developers all over the world access to the most affordable development desktop environment.”

There’s a lot more going on in this release, and you can learn more in the original blog post. You can download Ubuntu 22.04 LTS from the Ubuntu Downloads website.

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21 responses to “Canonical Releases Ubuntu 22.04 LTS”

  1. F4IL

    The desktop environment in this LTS seems to be gnome 42 which will make people that want "the latest and greatest" happy.

  2. jg1170

    I am happy to see Linux distros advance but I wonder how many normal folks are they really ever going to convert? In my opinion, if we're talking about alternatives to Windows, GOOGLE missed a huge opportunity (several years ago) to transform Android into a Windows-like environment and start making desktops and laptops running "Google OS". Simple UI toggles could have transformed the experience from a touch-first interface for "noobs' to double-click first interface for "pros" and Linux apps could still be on tap for the more productive types. If done right, this could have really put an even bigger stake into the heart of Windows a lot earlier in my opinion. Now they are stuck with wonky and wrong-feeling ChromeOS.

    • hrlngrv

      Since Chrome OS provides traditional windowing (multiple concurrent processing in possibly overlapping windows) and runs some (many? most?) Android apps, why screw around adding features to Android which have no practical use on phones?

      Indeed, Chrome OS can also run some Linux desktop software. I haven't checked, but if Chrome OS itself can't handle VirtualBox, maybe crouton could, and if so, it could run Windows VMs (if it had sufficient RAM and disk storage).

      How do you believe Desktop Android would have differed from Chrome OS?

  3. hrlngrv

    While I don't especially like either, Zorin looks so much better than Ubuntu why bother with the latter?

    I may be biased. I'd used Ubuntu from Dapper through Lucid, but Maverick was wholly unacceptable. I switched to a mix of Linux Mint and #! then Bunsen Labs since. I prefer MATE or plainish Openbox, though Zorin makes Gnome look good again. In contrast, Ubuntu seems to be able to make anything look ugly.

  4. dftf

    Also, when will they finally fix the irritating keyboard-layout issue during the Setup process?

    When you change the layout from English (US) to your local one (in my case, English (UK)), that change only takes-effect post-install, not immediately. So when you create the password for your account, some symbols entered will be different from what you think you've entered -- for example, if you did SHIFT + 2, you'd expect the " character to be entered in the password field, but it actually enters @ as the Setup process still goes by the US keyboard layout.

    That means post-install users may not be able to log into their account, if they use a symbol in their password that is not in the same-place in the US layout. You'd think by now this would be fixed, but apparently not!

    • navarac

      Always annoying especially as Canonical is British. I think most distros are the same though, to be fair!

      • hrlngrv

        The A in ASCII doesn't stand for Ambidextrous.

        I haven't checked, but could there be a difference between booting into an installer and booting into a Live version then launching an installer? That is, the former might not load the shared library needed to change they keyboard on the fly but the latter should have it up & running.

  5. jimchamplin

    Daddy is installing this tonight!!

  6. dftf

    I've only just installed it inside a VM but a few notes:

    Why can't the open-vm-tools and open-vm-tools-desktop packages come in the distro to make life easier?

    When you go into the Ubuntu launcher, why are all the app names so badly truncated? Every LibreOffice one is literally just "LibreOff...", so you can only tell them apart via the icons. Also, why when you go to "Add to favourites", which then puts the apps icon onto the "taskbar" does it remove it from the Launcher? Why can it only be in one place at a time? It's also irritating there is no "sort alphabetically" option, and even when you have room on the first screen for more icons, they still sit on the second screen until you drag them over. I also don't get why when you go into a folder, the icons are massive in size compared to the ones outside.

    Why is the firewall so irritating to configure? On Windows, you can browse to an individual app manually, or wait to be asked if you want to allow it. On Ubuntu, you cannot specify one manually, only choose from a predefined list. And even after I allowed ports 80 and 443, still no browser would work.

    During setup, why is doing dual-boot so confusing? On Windows you just install the older OS (e.g. Windows 10) first, use DISKPART to delete the Recovery Partition (if you do desire) then install the newer OS (e.g. Windows 11). On Linux I've no-idea how to do this properly so usually don't bother!

    I also did a quick search in the Ubuntu Store for all the common web-browsers. Opera was the only one it found. For Google Chrome I assumed it would direct me to Chromium but no. And neither Microsoft Edge nor Vivaldi are in there. I downloaded the DEB for both manually and when I double-clicked they opened in Archive Manager, rather-than the Store app, which is an odd new default sure to confuse users!

    Also, can anyone explain the difference between "flatpak" and "snap" type installs? I still have no-idea, and have Googled it before-now!

    • hrlngrv

      Re dual boot, Windows makes it easy to install itself as a 2nd OS? Does it do so when the preexisting OS isn't Windows? Disclaimer: I've overwritten my MBR once or twice in the past, so I'm aware of the headaches this can cause. Fortunately, after the 1st time I learned how to back up and restore the MBR.

      As for multiple Linux distributions on the same machine, it can be a PITA because it's usually a bad idea to use only one /boot directory with multiple kernels from different distributions. Also, /bin, /etc, /lib, /usr and /var should be separate for each distribution, but /home and /opt could be common to all. It's that flexibility which makes Linux potentially rather complex to configure just right. Irrelevant for Windows since Windows would bitch, whine & moan incessantly about anything it expects to be on C: not being on C:, so it's just not something one would consider. As for swap, if one were dual booting multiple Linux distributions, they could all share the same swap PARTITION, but not the same swap files, thus using LESS disk space.

      Linux provides a lot more configuration options than Windows (e.g., mounting /tmp and /var on their own partitions or via bind noexec). With more options comes more complexity. However, most distributions do allow one just to specify a single partition's size, then install everything there.

      Snap is from Canonical and presumably controlled by Canonical. Flatpak is more a community effort. Have you come across

    • jdawgnoonan

      In Linux, the repository of applications is maintained independently depending on the distribution. You can add additional repositories that include other apps. Alternatively, for Edge or Chrome, go to Microsoft's or Google's site and download and install the browser. Vivaldi and Brave are also available.

      • dftf

        If you read my comment properly, you'll note for Edge and Vivaldi I did download the DEB installers for them manually. Thanks anyway though, I guess!

        • hrlngrv

          | Thanks anyway though, I guess!

          Fearlessly committed to being a prick.

          There's a difference between manually downloading .DEB packages and configuring apt to include 3rd party repositories so that the system's package manager can keep track of package updates. For example, my /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ includes a file named microsoft-edge-beta.list which contains


          # You may comment out this entry, but any other modifications may be lost.

          deb [arch=amd64] stable main

          That treats Edge packages the same as packages within my distribution's own repositories.

          There is Linux software not in distribution repositories nor in 3rd party repositories or PPAs but available as .DEB packages on the web. Those do require manual download, install, and checking for updates. I like to have the latest versions of LibreOffice, but The Document Foundation doesn't keep its .DEB packages in a repository, so it's a manual process to keep up to date.

    • jdawgnoonan

      Snaps and Flatpaks are both application bundles that install all dependencies in a self contained sandbox with the application. Snaps, in my experience, are more sandboxed than Flatpaks. Both are slower on the first launch after reboot than a natively compiled app. Both allow the user to install multiple versions of the same application without them impacting one another.

      • dftf

        So similar to "portable" apps on Windows then where you download a ZIP file, extract it and it all runs from the one folder?

        I guess it helps get-around the issue of having to install 10s of extra "dependencies" compared to a "traditional" (apt-get install) type setup, though at the cost of extra disk-space by duplicating some of the same dependency files.

        I'd still like to know the difference between "flatpak" and "snap" though... I think Linux Mint has chosen to use flatpaks but not snap?

        • hrlngrv

          Portable Windows software isn't sandboxed. Software under Linux's /opt directory is closer in nature to portable Windows software.

          Snaps and Flatpaks are sandboxed, so presumably similar to the few Windows desktop applications available in the MSFT Store which could run under Windows 10 S.

    • jdawgnoonan

      A lot of your comments make sense, but dual booting any Linux distro that I have tried from the installer is much simpler than anything I have ever tried in Windows. But I have not tried it from the Win 11 installer I guess.

      • dftf

        Really? Have you used a Windows setup process since Vista? You literally just tell it how big you want the partition to be where the system will go (which will contain Windows itself, your User folder, and the pagefile, the equivalent to swap) and that's it!

        In Ubuntu you have to create the boot partition, which I think has to be a specific format, then a system one (again, which can only be specific formats) and possibly one for your "home" folder and another for the swap (though some distros now use a "swapfile" instead of separate partition).

        It's so confusing to know what you have to create, what size and which file-system!

        On Windows, the only one you set a size for is the main partition, the boot and recovery ones get done for you. And since Vista, NTFS will be the file-system as XP was the last one that could be installed on a FAT32 partition. (Windows Server and Pro for Workstations do support booting from the new ReFS system, but they're the exception.)

        Linux even asks if I want to use "LVM" to which I've no idea if I do or not.

        Seriously, you'll never get Linux on the desktop become a mainstream thing (excluding ChromeOS that hide the complex underpinnings) until there are distros that just make things simple.

  7. jdawgnoonan

    I have been running the beta for the last two weeks and it is quite good. Though the snaps can be annoying in some cases, such as 1Password integration with Firefox. Unfortunately you have to do some terminal stuff to get the Firefox deb which integrates perfectly.

  8. red.radar

    "jammy Jellyfish"

    Ubuntu always has fun code names for their release.

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