Xubuntu 22.04 now available, also with Firefox like Snap and Linux 5.15

Xubuntu 22.04

Shortly before Canonical uploaded the image of Ubuntu 22.04, other flavors, in fact almost all, had already done so. Among them was the Xubuntu 22.04, the version of Ubuntu that uses the Xfce graphical environment and that, in my personal and non-transferable opinion, I think was used much more in the past, either because the performance was better or because there are other desktops that are also light and easy to use. use. Perhaps part of the blame for thinking like this lies with Ubuntu Studio, which has made the leap to KDE for several versions.

Xubuntu hasn't officially released Xubuntu 22.04 yet, but we do have notes from this release. They remind us that it is an LTS version, but it will be supported for 3 years (until April 2025), and not 5 like the main version. Among the novelties, they have been forced to communicate that Firefox is as snap package, and it is no longer possible to install it from official repositories. It is a movement that has been ordered by Canonical, who was convinced by Mozilla (supposedly), so there was no choice.

Highlights of Xubuntu 22.04

  • Linux 5.15.
  • Supported for 3 years, until April 2025.
  • Xfce 4.16, with some software on 4.16.2 and some on 4.16.3.
  • Important key package updates:
    • Mousepad 0.5.8 can now backup and restore sessions, supports plugins, and a new gspell plugin has been included.
    • Ristretto 0.12.2 has improved preview support and includes many performance improvements.
    • Whisker Menu Plugin 2.7.1 expands customization options with new preferences and CSS classes for developers.
  • Firefox as Snap. They say that no difference will be noticeable, but also that sometimes it will take longer to start. As seen on networks and verified by myself, the first time it can take up to 10 seconds to open. On the other hand, they say that there are benefits, such as that it is maintained directly by Mozilla or that being isolated (sandbox) is more secure. For those who are not interested, I recommend downloading the binary version and creating a .desktop file (I may write an article about this).
  • Interface improvements, with themes like Greybird 3.23.1 which includes initial support for GTK4 and libhandy, which will make GNOME apps look good in Xubuntu. The elementary-xfce 0.16 theme has added many new icons and polished up the experience.
  • Updated packages. Full list in the release note.

Xubuntu 22.04 can now be downloaded from this link. In the next few hours it will be possible to update from the same operating system.

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