Linux distribution Ubuntu 22.10 is now available

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 20, 2022
Updated • Oct 21, 2022

Canonical released a new version of its Linux distribution Ubuntu today. Ubuntu 22.10, codename Kinetic Kudu, is a short term support release that will be supported until July 2023. Ubuntu users who need long term support should use the Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, Long Term Support release, instead, as it is supported until April 2027.

Downloads are not yet provided on the official Ubuntu website, but several mirrors host the new interim release already. Soon, downloads will also be offered on the official website and you may check out the main download page to find the Ubuntu 22.10 download.

Ubuntu 22.10

Ubuntu 22.10's official release notes are already available. Canonical highlights new tools to optimize developer workflows, improved Raspberry Pi support, updated Enterprise management tools, and improved desktop usability and performance.

The new Ubuntu release comes with GNOME 43, a new version of the desktop environment. Several apps have been converted to GTK4 and libadwaita, including the default file manager Nautilus. GNOME Text Editor is the default text editor and GNOME Terminal the default terminal application. The developers have removed GNOME Books, and recommend using Foliate instead.

Linux kernel 5.19, which improves the power performance of Intel processors, and a small number of other improvements are also included in the release.

Quick Settings, for instance, "provides faster access to commonly used options", according to Canonical, and there is default support for the webp format. There is also the latest Mesa in the Steam snap, which should improve compatibility and performance for more games when using Steam on Ubuntu systems.

Canonical switched the default audio server from PulseAudio to PipeWire, citing that it "broadens support for audio devices" and "improved performance for video conferencing".

The full release notes offer more information on the changes. Several applications have been updated, including Firefox, Thunderbird and LibreOffice. Canonical has updated subsystems such as Mesa, PipeWire, BlueZ or CUPS in the new release as well.

The Linux security module AppArmor may now be used to restrict access to unprivileged user namespaces. Administrators may configure systems "so that only applications and services which are confined by an appropriate AppArmor profile can use this feature".

Ubuntu 22.10 is not as uneventful as Microsoft's release of Windows 10 version 22H2, but it is not a major new release with lots of new features either. The main improvements are GNOME 43, Linux kernel 5.19 and the switch to PipeWire.

Linux distribution Ubuntu 22.10 is now available
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Linux distribution Ubuntu 22.10 is now available
Canonical released a new version of its Linux distribution Ubuntu today. Ubuntu 22.10, codename Kinetic Kudu, is a short term support release.
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  1. Michael From KY said on November 29, 2022 at 8:00 am

    I would use this in a NY min, if it had all the programs I use.
    1. NordVPN with a GUI on linux
    2.program like convertxtodvd GUI

  2. TelV said on October 24, 2022 at 3:23 pm

    All thoughts of installing a Linux distro have been consigned to the trashcan for me. Why? Because I live in the Netherlands and in this country all business dealing with the Dutch government requires users to login to a portal called DigiD

    They have an Android / IOS app for phone users, but having to conduct filing your annual tax return on such a small screen is a pain in the posterior IMHO.

    Now comes the juicy part. If you want to login on a PC with Linux installed it will be rejected. DigiD only works with either Windows or IOS.

    German users are lucky because their version of DigiD was compiled on open source software and therefore you can login with any OS including Linux, but not in NL land.

    So come Jan 10 next year I’ll be forced to buy a new Windows or IOS machine just to login to a f*king government site.

    1. ShintoPlasm said on December 21, 2022 at 4:30 pm

      I don’t know how this DigiD works in the NL, but is this an app which you need to install on your computer or just a question of changing your browser’s user agent string?

      If it’s a desktop app installation, doesn’t it work through Wine/Bottles?

  3. stop pissing off your users said on October 22, 2022 at 4:56 am

    Microsoft will eventually buy out Canonical/Ubuntu.

    1. talk shite said on October 22, 2022 at 9:36 pm

      more likely to be debian instead, if there is such a thing, Ubuntu is just a flavour.

  4. Sol Shine said on October 22, 2022 at 3:57 am

    Ubuntu 22.10 did not solve the problem that Firefox as a snap will not start when you use Yumi to install it’s iso file on a usb flash drive with a persistance file.
    Firefox will start a first time, and then will not start again.

    Not a fan of snaps or flatpaks.

    1. SnapCrap said on October 23, 2022 at 7:39 am

      I don’t remember right now if there’s something USB specific, but did you open “Software” and check its permission settings if there’s something there you could change?

  5. motang said on October 21, 2022 at 12:47 pm

    @WEnd no it does. I am using it right now and not once have seen anywhere where they (Canonical) tried to push Ubuntu Pro on to me.

    1. ryuk said on October 22, 2022 at 1:34 pm
      1. Ubuntu Pro said on October 23, 2022 at 7:36 am

        As far as I read it, it shouldn’t be a concern for private users, should it?

        “Anyone can use Ubuntu Pro for free on up to 5 machines, or 50 if you are an official Ubuntu Community member.”

  6. Greg said on October 21, 2022 at 5:57 am

    im surprised Ubuntu still exists, why would ya wanna use Outdated Packages on a distro like Ubuntu? even Debian bookworm would be more up to date

    1. John G. said on October 21, 2022 at 7:12 am

      Near all the Ubuntu software available and some other packages can be updated separately of the system, adding a repository PPA with the command sudo add-apt-repository ppa:”name-of-the-repository-here”, using the terminal with admin rights. It’s easy. I use Ubuntu as my second OS and sometimes I have used it for days with no problem. Productivity with Ubuntu is a real thing you know, and almost everything is the same (e.g., Libreoffice, Firefox, Chrome and so forth). Thanks for the article.

  7. Sven said on October 21, 2022 at 4:37 am

    “Ubuntu users who need long term support should use the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, Long Term Support release,”
    — You probably mean 22.04 LTS release.

    “Ubuntu nags you to upgrade to the pro version, is that right?”
    — Not that I’ve noticed.

  8. ShintoPlasm said on October 21, 2022 at 12:38 am

    @Martin: In this version, Ubuntu has switched *away* from PulseAudio to PipeWire (see final sentence in the article).

  9. WEnd said on October 20, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    Ubuntu nags you to upgrade to the pro version, is that right? I would choose Windows and MacOS if I wanted advertisements and sneaky design changes.

    1. ShintoPlasm said on December 21, 2022 at 4:24 pm

      Been using Kinetic for a couple of months and there’s no nags or ads anywhere.

  10. Pat Flak said on October 20, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    Snap 22.10. No thanks. Only Flatpak for me.

    1. Frankel said on October 21, 2022 at 9:08 am

      *Laughs in apt-get and apt*

  11. Paul(us) said on October 20, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    “improved Raspberry Pi support!” Nice! Loving the Hyping pixels part.
    This is because I am looking forward to the Raspberry Pi OS touchscreen

    Hopefully, the RealVNC support will follow soon.

    And there is much more to like. Hopefully, Limbutu will also update soon.

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