The next Ubuntu release already has a code name, version number, and release date.
Hot on the heels of Ubuntu’s April 2022 release of version 22.04, “Jammy Jellyfish”, the developers are already hard at work on the next version, 22.10. The new version is scheduled for October 2022.
Ubuntu 22.10 announced with virtual trumpets
The official Ubuntu Twitter feed announced the next release with some virtual fanfare, quoting Ubuntu Developer Canonical Engineering Manager Ken VanDine:
The new version is dubbed “Kinetic Kudu”, following Ubuntu’s naming tradition of codenames taking on an alliterative animal name. A kudu is a spiral-horned antelope native to the African continent.
Version 22.10 is scheduled for release on October 20, 2022. This follows Ubuntu’s semi-annual release schedule. Unlike Ubuntu 22.04 released in April 2022, which is a Long Term Support (LTS) release, this one will only receive nine months of support from Canonical. The LTS version will receive updates for five years. For this reason, Canonical recommends LTS releases for most users. Version 22.10 will probably appeal to those who want newer software.
Lots of work polishing Ubuntu 22.10
The Ubuntu development team has work ahead of them to prepare the Ubuntu 22.10 release for October. The developers will take packages from the development and unstable releases of Debian and polish them for general release. They will also have to fix bugs and integrate any new components into the system.
This will likely include new versions of the Linux kernel. The default GNOME desktop will also likely have new software available.
A “feature freeze” is scheduled for August 18, with “Ubuntu test week” scheduled for the first week of September. Much of the system and documentation will be finalized in October before its official release that month.
Ubuntu 22.10 maintains the tradition of regular releases
The pending release of Ubuntu 22.10 in October 2022 continues its tradition of regular releases every six months. Its base in Debian means that both systems remain major players in the Linux world. Debian and Ubuntu are suitable for certain use cases, whether on the desktop or on the server.
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