Codenamed Kinetic Kudu, this interim release includes improvements for developers and IT admins. This includes the latest toolchains and applications with a special focus on the IoT ecosystem.
“Connected devices open up new fields of innovation, but also create new digital risks in private and business areas. We are focused on enabling a new generation of easy-to-use and highly secure IoT devices. As such, developers, in particular, will find a number of quality of life improvements for embedded devices and remote development in Ubuntu 22.10,” said Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical. “This release also brings new opportunities for IT management. The new landscape beta makes it easier than ever to manage the entire Ubuntu installation across all architectures.”
Ubuntu 22.10 delivers toolchain updates for Ruby, Go, GCC and Rust.
OpenSSH in Ubuntu 22.10 is configured by default to use systemd’s socket activation, which means that sshd will not start until an incoming connection request is received. This reduces Ubuntu Server’s memory footprint on smaller devices, VMs, or LXD containers.
Ubuntu 22.10 also comes with a new Debug Info service for developers and administrators to use to debug programs shipped with Ubuntu. Debugging tools like gdb automatically download the required debugging symbols over HTTPS.
Support for microcontrollers and embedded displays on the
Ubuntu 22.10 now supports MicroPython on a variety of microcontrollers, including the Raspberry Pi Pico W. rshell, thonny, and mpremote are all available in the Ubuntu repositories.
The Ubuntu graphics stack is at the transition to km. This means developers can run Pi-based graphical applications using frameworks like Qt outside of a desktop session and without Pi-specific drivers. This adds expanded support for a range of embedded displays for the Raspberry Pi, including the Inky eInk HAT series, the Hyperpixel series, and the official Raspberry Pi touchscreen.
Improved tools for enterprise management
The new Landscape 22.10 beta release makes it easier to run and manage Ubuntu on any architecture with monitoring, management, patching, and compliance reporting across Ubuntu installations from server to desktop. Users can now install Landscape Server on computers with Arm or Arm-based processors, including Ampere Altra-based ARM64 virtual machines in the public cloud and on the Raspberry Pi for easier management.
RISC-V processors and hardware are also supported in this version so that Landscape can easily be used as a portable management system.
Improved desktop usability and performance
All users will benefit from improvements in GNOME 43, including GTK4 theming for improved performance and consistency. The Quick Settings now offer faster access to frequently used options such as WLAN, Bluetooth, dark mode and power management.
The Pipewire audio platform expands audio device support and provides better Bluetooth connectivity, which also increases video conferencing performance. Linux 5.19 boosts the performance ofdevices and now includes multi-threaded decompression on Ubuntu to improve the performance of multi-core desktop snaps.
Finally, the new Steam snap available on Ubuntu Software includes the latest Mesa. Gamers can rest assured that they are always up to date regardless of their host operating system and without having to configure additional PPAs.