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Ubuntu 22.10: What's New in Official Flavors?

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In addition to the release of the version organised The Ubuntu 22.10 desktop is a flurry of refreshed flavor releases to lean on.

In this post, I’ll give you a brief overview of key new features and changes to a few of the most popular Ubuntu flavors, along with the download links you’ll need in case you want to try them first hand.

Unless otherwise noted, all flavors inherit Ubuntu’s core packages, so you get the same Linux kernel 5.19, graphics drivers and tools as the regular version (so I won’t specifically mention these changes).

Waffle digested, let’s dive in!

Kubuntu 22.10

Kubuntu 22.10

Kubuntu 22.10 is based on KDE Plasma 5.25. While this isn’t the latest version, it’s a pretty important update on its own. I especially like the new touchpad gestures and color matching customization capabilities (side note: Plasma 5.25 is available to Kubuntu 22.04 users via backports).

Having the best software available is the main desire of a modern distribution, and Kubuntu 22.10 for that matter is duly imperative. A revamped set of core KDE apps, KDE Gear 22.08 and new versions of Firefox, VLC, Thunderbird, LibreOffice and more.

If you want to try Kubuntu Kinetic, go to the Kubuntu download page.

Xubuntu 22.10

Screenshot of Xubuntu 22.10 (kinetic kudu) showing mustache menu, file manager, image viewer and Xfce terminal applications
Xubuntu 22.10

Xubuntu 22.10 is built on Xfce 4.17, the development series for Xfce 4.18, which will be released later this year. While this doesn’t include many new user-facing features, it does offer a number of tweaks that greatly improve the Xfce desktop experience.

At the front of the app Thunarfile manager now remembers zoom levels set on a per-directory basis and offers built-in recursive file search. mouse pad, the included text editor now has a search history; and catfish (an epic file search tool) gains an “Open With” context menu to make it easy to open the files it finds.

Other improvements include the Xfce PulseAudio Plugin that shows when an app is recording audio and provides notifications when microphone volumes are adjusted; The ability to copy the full process command line to the clipboard in the Task Manager; and a new dual time mode for the Xfce panel.

Download Xubuntu 22.10 from the Xubuntu website.

Ubuntu MATE 22.10:

Screenshot of ubuntu mate 22.10 (kinetic kudu) showing the MATE menu, Caja file manager and a libadwaita weather app
Ubuntu MATE 22.10

Ubuntu MATE 22.10 is a quieter-than-usual release that long-time fans of this spin in particular might be surprised to hear! Ubuntu MATE lead Martin Wimpress explains: Kinetic presenting it as “a modest update by recent standards” […] focused on ‘quality of life improvements’” – and hey: sometimes less is more!

MATE enthusiasts will find a much more advanced HUD feature along with a brand. new HUD settings apps providing a set of settings to control this (imo still innovative) feature; There are another set of (quite impressive indeed) AI-generated wallpapers for you to enjoy; and one new User manager tool added, well, manage users!

An early pick from the upcoming MATE Desktop 1.28 release: app icons can now be center aligned, in addition to the left and right alignment options. It’s a minor addition to the grand scheme of things, but appeals to choice and familiarity (Windows 11, macOS, and ChromeOS all use centre-aligned taskbars) – a true MATE quality.

Download Ubuntu MATE 22.10 via the official website.

Ubuntu Budgie 22.10

A freshly fluffy nest

Of the flagship “desktop environment” flavors, Ubuntu Budgie 22.10 seems to have the biggest changelog! In fact, there is so much in the release notes that I can’t cover it all in a few paragraphs. Suffice it to say: there are lots of minor improvements to things like apps and settings.

The appeal on the headline will be the inclusion of a cutting-edge snapshot of Budgie. The Ubuntu Budgie developers say it includes “a bunch of extra capabilities waiting for the v10.7 release to be released in the next few months” – which is exciting. There’s also an updated budgie menu with a revised ‘traditional’ layout.

A minor revolution has been planned regarding the software that Ubuntu Budgie comes with. A few apps were dropped, others were added, and a few were included instead of alternatives. Lollipop and gPodder undertake music and podcast duties rhythm box previously welcomed; guvcview takes its place Cheese; and Atril, MATE Calc, and MATE System Monitor replace their upstream GNOME equivalents.

To get a copy of Ubuntu Budgie 22.10, visit the Ubuntu Budgie download page.

Many more to play!

The aforementioned distros aren’t the only new flavors to come out, but I haven’t had time to download and review the others.

Ubuntu Studio 22.10 comes with a new ‘feature remover’ that looks useful, while software updates include the latest Audacity 3.2 (and it’s no longer a Snap); Lubuntu 22.10 launches the latest LXQt desktop version and adds cute community-created art; and a brand new official flavor, Ubuntu Unity 22.10 joins the club. This, as the name suggests, uses the Unity desktop environment by default.

No releases this time for Ubuntu Kylin.

If you’re a fan of a particular flavor, don’t be shy: share your thoughts on the latest release in the comment hole below (and tick off any specific improvements you’ve made!