Ubuntu 22.04 LTS release (code-named Jammy Jellyfish) has been announced by Canonical Ltd, a UK-based privately held computer software company that markets commercial support and related services for the Linux operating system.
Ubuntu, which is the world’s most popular Linux distribution for consumers focuses on ease of use, automation and extensive hardware support. Version 22.04 LTS of Ubuntu is a long-term release, therefore, security updates will be available for this version for the next five years.
This is also the first LTS release in which the entire portfolio of Rasperry Pi devices is supported, building upon the work started back in Ubuntu 20.10.
The highlights of the Ubuntu 22.04 LTS release can be found below:
- Confidential Computing resulting in upgraded data protection and privacy in cloud operations.
- AWS Graviton optimization for better performance on Arm architecture.
- Support for the entire range of the Raspberry Pi 4 device portfolio.
- Upgraded WSL features.
- Readily available NVIDIA GPU drivers and NVIDIA AI Enterprise suite support.
- Introduction of a real-time kernel option for ultra-low latency in telco and industrial applications.
- Migration to OpenSSL v3 for elevated security and modern cryptographic algorithms.
- Added Rust for memory-safe system-level programming.
- RDP support out of the box (VNC still available).
- nftables is now the default backend for the firewall.
- ssh-rsa is now disabled by default in OpenSSH.
- Using Linux kernel version 5.15
- Move to GNOME 42 desktop environment featuring power profiles, upgraded workspace management, and frame rate optimizations on weaker hardware.
For information on how to upgrade from older Ubuntu releases to 22.04, check out this guide. Remember, it is always preferable and recommended to install new operating system versions from scratch instead of upgrading from older versions.