Ubuntu is arguably one of the most widely used operating systems thanks to its simple and neat UI, which makes for a smooth user experience. The desktop edition is elegant and user-friendly, which makes it a perfect choice for beginners and those who prefer to keep it simple.
Ubuntu 22.04, codenamed Jammy JellyFish, is the latest LTS release from Canonical, which was released on April 21, 2022, and is slightly over a year old since its release at the time of writing this article. It has won several accolades, especially due to the interesting array of features and improvements that it offers.
In this guide, I’ll share my experience of using Ubuntu 22.04, including the look and feel, stability, and performance.
Ubuntu 22.04 comes with plenty of UI improvements that enhance user experience. Out of the box, Ubuntu 22.04 ships with GNOME 42, providing a fresh look and feel.
You get a new Yaru theme with a polished look that comes with light and dark variants that support 10 color accents, giving you the flexibility to customize your desktop according to your preferred hue.
Version 2.06 of the Grub bootloader is included in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, although there is a slight flaw – the os-prober feature is by default deactivated.
In a dual boot system, this means that Grub won’t look for other operating systems and won’t display Windows (or any other OS) in Grub. A few users who switched to Ubuntu 22.04 development are already experiencing this problem.
Accent Color Selections
This Ubuntu 22.04 version packs different accent color selections to choose from. If the default orange theme doesn’t appeal to you, you can change the color to suit your desktop experience using the accent color selections.
After the color change, you’ll see the color displayed on your notification bar, folder icons, and more.
New Multitasking Settings
Ubuntu 22.04 LTS comes with new multitasking settings via the GNOME Tweaks tool. You can enable hot corners using the new multitasking settings.
With that, the activities area appears when you move the cursor to the top left corner. If not, you must click the Activities option in the left corner.
You also have the option to detach the screen edge effect from the multitasking settings. With this, you can open and work on two screens at a time.
The number of workspaces and how they behave can also be managed. If you have many monitors set up, you can decide whether or not the workspaces will appear on all of them.
New Dock Mode
The auto-hide feature has been included in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, which allows you to modify the dock’s size and essentially separate it from the left side to give it a floating appearance.
Brand New Logo
Ubuntu operating system has a new logo that is appealing and different from the previous releases, and you’ll see it on the lock screen, login screen, and when booting the system.
Ubuntu Fractional Scaling
The previous Ubuntu releases had fractional scaling that was restricted to 200%. But with Ubuntu 22.04, if you notice in the display settings, the Fractional scaling goes up by 225%.
Desktop Icons Position
Another significant change is the Desktop icon’s position. By default, the icons are located at the bottom right corner of the screen, and when you create new documents and folders, they are situated in the position you select.
You also have the option to change the icons’ positions to the bottom left, top right, or top left.
Under the display mode settings, when you have two screens, you have the option to use a single display, mirror them, or join the displays.
Though this default setting is applicable for a two-monitor setup, with three or more monitors, the mirror option is not displayed, but you can use the drag-and-drop functionality to arrange their alignment.
Firefox and Snap
In this Ubuntu 22.04 version, Firefox is now incorporated as a snap package by default, but you can still download and install it as a deb package separately.
This is a collaborative effort by Mozilla and Canonical to enhance security, enhance the maintenance of Firefox across all Linux distributions, and foster faster security updates.
Control of Trash and Drives in Dock
With the default settings, you can control the action of the trash icon in the dock and the mounted drives. You also have the option to select whether to hide the mounted drives as per your preference or show them in the launcher. The same applies to the trash icon.
Stability and Performance
The performance of Ubuntu 22.04 on this test device is adequate. It uses 1.40 GB of RAM in an idle state with a 40-minute uptime, and its CPU usage ranges from 4% to 5%. The majority of resources are used by the GNOME shell, followed by several desktop services, including gvfs and seahorse.
When under a heavy workload (with a text editor, browser, calculator, music player, file manager, and LibreOffice), it uses a little more RAM (2.2 GB), and the CPU temperature is also a little higher. Strangely, there isn’t much of a difference between the idle and heavy usage states in this optimization.
New Customization Options
Jammy Jellyfish features a wallpaper competition in which you can select a wallpaper to further customize your desktop experience. It offers great wallpaper submissions for dark and light themes.
Besides that, there’s now a new option embodied in this Ubuntu 22.04 version, which is the option to enable and disable animations in the Accessibility setting.
By default, the animation option is enabled. This is to make your UI more fluid when you maximize or minimize application windows. When you disable the animation effect, there is a chance of experiencing tiny performances.
Other significant changes are:
- New icon for software and updates.
- Improved support for Raspberry Pi.
- A revamped software center.
- New screencast and screenshot tool.
Download Ubuntu 22.04 LTS
To get the user experience with Ubuntu 22.04 Linux Kernel 5.15 LTS. First, download the ISO image according to your operating system architecture.
We hope you enjoy exploring all of the new features and customizations in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, whether you are a seasoned user or a Linux desktop starter.