One of the most important and popular Linux distributions, Ubuntu, is about to receive a new long-term support version. The upcoming Ubuntu 22.04 is now in the beta stage; allowing users to download and test the new features of the operating system. The final version will arrive on the 21st of April.
LTS kernel for LTS distribution
Canonical has stuck with the Linux kernel 5.15 LTS for Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, leaving the 5.16 and 5.17 versions behind for the sake of extra stability of the long-term support version. But it comes with the latest version of the GNOME desktop environment as default, and Mesa 22.
GNOME 42 brings global dark UI style preference in addition to improved screenshot features enabled by keyboard shortcuts. Core GNOME apps are also have been ported to GTK 4 and libadwaita. However, most of the apps of Ubuntu 22.04 LTS are from GNOME 41 stack. You can see our coverage for GNOME 42 to know more about desktop environment-related changes on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.
The new version of Ubuntu brings support for accent colors and a new Appearance section for the Ubuntu Settings panel. This section includes new options for the Ubuntu Dock feature as well. In addition, new multitasking options are available with the Ubuntu 22.04 LTS beta.
Ubuntu’s new wallpaper for Jammy Jellyfish is set by default in this release. Canonical also uses its brand new logo on the boot screen.
Canonical states that 22.04 LTS should be the first version of Ubuntu designed to run well on the Raspberry Pi 4 2 GB. You can download and test the new features of Ubuntu 22.04 LTS by following the links below. Once again, we want to remind you of the risks of using a beta release. Do not use beta as a daily driver or for business.
Click here to download Ubuntu 22.04 LTS beta
What is the latest version of Ubuntu?
The latest LTS version of Ubuntu is 22.04, also known as "Jammy Jellyfish" and it was released on 21 April 2022. Ubuntu 22.04 will be supported until 2027.
What are the system requirements for Ubuntu?
The latest version of Ubuntu's system requirements are:
- 2 GHz dual-core processor or better
- 4 GB system memory
- 25 GB of free hard drive space
- Internet access is helpful
- Either a DVD drive or a USB port for the installer media
Can Ubuntu run on older hardware?
If you have the above requirements, you can run Ubuntu. We do not recommend using the latest version of Ubuntu for older hardware, but you can try older versions of Ubuntu.
Can I run Ubuntu on a virtual machine?
Yes, you can install and use Ubuntu in virtual machines like VMWare or VirtualBox.
How do I enable Ubuntu on Windows 10?
To enable Ubuntu on Windows 10, you should be using at least Windows build 1709. Then you should enable Windows Subsystem for Linux from the Windows Features interface. Now you can download and install Ubuntu from Microsoft Store.
Can Ubuntu be installed on a virtual machine?
Yes, Ubuntu can be installed on a virtual machine. A virtual machine (VM) allows you to run an operating system within another operating system. This means that you can install Ubuntu on a virtual machine and run it on top of your current operating system, without the need to replace it or partition your hard drive. To install Ubuntu on VMWare, you can refer to our article: How to install a Linux Distro on VMware Workstation