Tomorrow is the traditional biannual extended support release of Ubuntu. It's 22.04 and it's codenamed Jammy Jellyfish. And, despite its name in English (jellyfish) the jellyfish is not a fish, I could not resist the play on words. In fact, it was the closest thing to thinking I had to do with this version.
Don't misunderstand me. Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish is far from a bad release. On the contrary, it's about as stable as you'd expect from something that boasts widespread support. In fact, some modifications for the worse did not finally materialize.
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Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish. More GNOME and more Snap
The first "novelty presented by the boot is the screen with the new logo of the distribution. The logo in an orange rectangle. A graphic designer friend told me that it is well designed. It's true, but, you wouldn't recognize it from any of the templates you can find on sites like Canva. It is not extraordinary. And, the same can be said of the distribution that it represents with any other that brings the same version of the GNOME desktop. For comparison, Fedora 36, which is also released this month, does bring a plus to the use of the foot desk.
Luckily, despite the threats, we're saved for the time being by the Flutter-based installer. If the developers want to get rid of the good old Ubiquity they should go for Calamares. If you want to know why I hate the next installer so much, you can try it by downloading Canary version.
The installation process is the one we already know. If you opt for manual partitioning it will remind you of the need to create an EFI partition, instead, sIf you let Ubiquity take care of the installation alongside other operating systems, you won't have to do anything.
It had been said that with the change to version 2.06 of the Grub boot loader, since the detection module of other operating systems was disabled, the menu to select which one to boot would no longer be displayed (unless said module was activated) However, after an automatic installation the menu looks as usual.
all to see
Personally, I don't notice any difference between X11 and Wayland as a graphics server. Wayland is Ubuntu's default graphical server while other derivatives like Ubuntu Studio still use X11. Instead, find that Firefox, now installed as a Snap package, seems noticeably slower to me.
One of the oldest discussions in the Linux world is that of consistency versus freedom. On one side are those who argue that the wide variety of options confuses the user. On the other, they argue that precisely the ability to make modifications is the competitive advantage of free and open source software.
GNOME developers have it very clear and, for this reason, they aim to consistency, even if that means reducing customization possibilities. Much of the stability of Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish comes from the fact that the desktop doesn't leave developers much room for experimentation. And while the Ubuntu desktop still looks like Unity, it's getting closer to the original. You can even shorten the launcher so it doesn't take up the entire top of the screen.
The new section of the control panel called Multitasking allows several functions that I found very useful such as resizing a window by moving the pointer to its left or right edge, managing work areas and distributing them between one or more monitors.
The Software Center, despite its redesign is still the same insufferable application that it is in all GNOME-based distributions.
In my opinion
Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish introduces itself as a mature and stable distribution, very easy to install and suitable for use in contexts that require stability. It also goes back to being a highly recommended distribution for novice users. But, there is nothing you should upgrade to now or change from another.
In fact, that is my main objection. If Ubuntu continues down the same path and the other distributions follow suit, no one is going to read the Linux blogs. I'm too old to look for an honest job.