Canonical has announced the release of Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTS , the first maintenance update of the current extended support version of the distribution, ultimately the most recent and, therefore, the one recommended for new installations in practically all cases. of use.
Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTS, codenamed ‘Jammy Jellyfish’, arrives four months after the original release, but unlike subsequent updates this version receives, it does so with little change: what’s new in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS are the same as they were : Linux kernel 5.15 with optimizations for Intel Alder Lake, Snap even in the soup with Firefox as the most notorious victim, Wayland by default even with NVIDIA, but not in all cases, GNOME 42, renewed visual appearance…
All of the above, of course, only for the main edition of Ubuntu with GNOME, excluding the kernel, of course, since it is the same for all official editions of the distribution. What’s new in Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTS? Updates, mostly in the form of stability fixes and security patches, but also cumulative . In short, everything that has come out since April, with minor exceptions.
Thus, Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTS incorporates the latest NVIDIA graphics drivers, the latest GNOME update, applications such as LibreOffice, etc. Nothing unexpected, or that users who have Ubuntu 22.04 LTS installed and are up to date with system updates have not already received. Business as usual for the first update to an Ubuntu LTS; from the second yes there are important novelties.
The most relevant thing about Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTS is that from its launch, the update window opens for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS users without their own initiative: it will be the system itself that notifies of the option and invites them to execute it . It is a simple and quite safe process, but even so, it is worth having backup copies and, above all, patience, in case it takes longer than expected.
More information, in the release notes .
What about the rest of the official Ubuntu editions? Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Budgie, Lubuntu… The same: they receive the same background updates and some more, related to their respective desktop environments and tools, but limited to mere maintenance, and including improvements in translations.
The only one that is a bit out of the mold is Ubuntu Studio , which as you know migrated from Xfce to KDE Plasma and, consequently, warns that it is not possible to upgrade from Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, only from Ubuntu Studio 21.10.
Without further ado, here are the ways to download Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTS and family:
- Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTS
- Kubuntu 22.04.1 LTS
- Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTS
- Ubuntu MATE 22.04.1 LTS
- Ubuntu Budgie 22.04.1 LTS
- Lubuntu 22.04.1 LTS
- Ubuntu Studio 22.04.1 LTS
To all this, coinciding with the launch that we are dealing with, Canonical has published a “presentation video” of Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, something unusual and that comes later than desirable, but it is welcome after all. You can see it below.
Over the years I have found waiting for the first point release to do a fresh install the best policy. I do appreciate those willing to download the original release and report the bugs to be fixed, but that is not for me.