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Article from Issue 266/2023

Ubuntu 22.10 and AlmaLinux 9.0

Ubuntu 22.10


Traditionally, Ubuntu's annual October releases have been maintenance releases, with few new features. However, Ubuntu 22.10, codenamed Kinetic Kudu, is an exception. Although not a long-term support (LTS) release, it has more changes and enhancements than most October releases.

To start with, the transition to GTK 4 widgets appears to be complete in this release, resulting in a small improvement in performance. Ubuntu 22.04 also has system-wide support for WebP, a new mime format for images taken from the web. More obviously, PipeWire has replaced PulseAudio as the default sound server, resulting in improved sound and Bluetooth connection. On the desktop, in a feature borrowed from the Unity desktop, clicking an icon on the dock presents an overview of all open instances of an application. In addition, the System Setting now includes a link that centralizes desktop configuration, while the Nautilus file manager now adjusts window sizes as needed and includes rubberband selection (multiple file selection with the mouse). Longtime users may also notice new defaults, including Gnome Text Editor rather than gedit and Foliate for Gnome Books, while the to-do app is now called Endeavour. Like all Ubuntu releases, Kinetic Kudu provides a polished desktop for all levels of users.

AlmaLinux 9.0

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