Ubuntu 22.10: What’s new in the official flavors?

Together with the release of Normal The Ubuntu 22.10 desktop is a collection of refreshing flavor releases to fade away.

In this post, I give a brief overview of the major new features and changes in a few of the most popular flavors of Ubuntu, along with links to the downloads you’ll need if you want to try it out for yourself.

Unless otherwise noted, all flavors inherit Ubuntu’s foundational packages, so you get the same Linux kernel 5.19, graphics drivers, and tools as the regular version (so I won’t invoke these changes specifically).

Digest the nonsense, let’s dive in!

In humanity 22.10

In humanity 22.10

Kubuntu 22.10 is based on KDE Plasma 5.25. Although this is not the latest version, it is a huge update on its own. I especially like the new touchpad gestures and color matching customization capabilities (side note: Plasma 5.25 is available via backports for Kubuntu 22.04 users).

Having the best software available is the main demand of a modern distro and as such Kubuntu 22.10 is duly committed. It offered an updated set of core KDE apps, KDE Gear 22.08, and new versions of Firefox, VLC, Thunderbird, LibreOffice and the like.

Go to the Kubuntu Downloads page if you are keen to try out Kubuntu Kinetic.

Xubuntu 22.10.2 Update

Xubuntu 22.10 (kinetic kudu) screenshot showing portrait menu, file manager, image viewer, and Xfce terminal applications
Xubuntu 22.10.2 Update

Xubuntu 22.10 is built around Xfce 4.17, the development series for Xfce 4.18 slated for release later this year. Although this does not include many new user-facing features, it does provide a set of tweaks that greatly improve the Xfce desktop experience.

On the application interface ThunarFile Manager, now remembers zoom levels set on a per-directory basis, and offers a recursive search for included files. laptop mouse, the built-in text editor, now has a search history; And the catfish (Epic File Finder) It gains an “Open With” context menu to make it easier to open the files it finds.

Other improvements include the Xfce PulseAudio Plugin that indicates when an app is recording audio, and provides notifications when microphone volume levels are adjusted; the ability to copy the entire process command line to the clipboard in the task manager; And a new binary time setting for the Xfce board.

Download Xubuntu 22.10 from the Xubuntu website.

Free MATE 22.10:

Screenshot of ubuntu mate 22.10 (kinetic kudu) showing MATE menu, Caja file manager and libadwaita weather app
Free MATE 22.10.2020

Ubuntu MATE 22.10 is a quieter version than usual, and longtime fans of this spin may be surprised to hear about it! Martin Wimbres describes the Ubuntu Mate Commander kinetics Presented as a ‘modest update by modern standards’ […] Focus on “improving the quality of life” — and hey: sometimes less is more!

MATE enthusiasts will find the much improved HUD feature, along with the brand New HUD Settings Apps Introducing a large selection of settings to control this feature (imo is still innovative); There is another (really impressive) AI-generated collection for you to enjoy; and the new User Manager a tool Well User Management OK!

An early pick of the upcoming MATE Desktop 1.28 release: Small icons can now be center-aligned, as well as left and right alignment options. This is a small addition in the grand scheme but caters to choice and familiarity (Windows 11, macOS, and ChromeOS all use center-aligned taskbars) – intrinsic MATE quality.

Download Ubuntu MATE 22.10 via the official website.

Free Parrot 22.10.2020

Fresh nest feathers

Among the major “desktop environment” flavors, Ubuntu Budgie 22.10 seems to have the biggest changelog! In fact, there is so much in the release notes that I won’t be able to mention it all in two paragraphs. Suffice it to say: there are a lot of small improvements in things like applets and settings.

The main appeal would be to include a quick shot of a parrot. This, says the Ubuntu Budgie developers, includes “a whole bunch of additional capabilities waiting for v10.7 to be released in the next few months” – so that’s exciting. There is also an updated parrot menu with a revised “traditional” design.

A slight revolution has taken place in regards to the software that ships Ubuntu Budgie with. Many applications were dropped, others added, and a few rather alternatives were included. sucker And the gPodder Take charge of music and podcast duties Rhythm meet previously ; guvcview replace cheese; Atril, MATE Calc, and MATE System Monitor have all replaced their upstream GNOME counterparts.

Visit the Ubuntu Budgie Downloads page to get a copy of Ubuntu Budgie 22.10.

Lots to play with!

The above distros aren’t the only flavors with new releases, but I haven’t had time to download and dive into them to explore others.

Ubuntu Studio 22.10.1 Update It comes with a new, seemingly easy-to-use “Uninstall Feature”, while its software updates include the latest version of Audacity 3.2 (and Snap is no longer); Lubuntu 22.10.2 Promotes the latest LXQt desktop version, and adds some nice community-created artwork; And a completely new formal flavor, Free Unity 22.10.2020 He joins the club. This, as you might guess from its name, uses the Unity desktop environment by default.

There is no release this time for Ubuntu Kylin.

If you’re a fan of a particular flavor, don’t be shy: Share your thoughts on the latest release (and name any specific improvements you’ve dug into) below, in the comment slot!

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