Ubuntu 22.04 LTS has been released, featuring performance and security updates.

Firefox is now available as a Snap package in Ubuntu 22.04. Canonical, the creator of Ubuntu, has created Snap, an alternative package management system.

Canonical, the developers of Ubuntu, says the new update “can double the desktop frame rate on Intel and Raspberry Pi” systems compared to the last version.

Ubuntu 22.04 also includes GNOME 42 as the default desktop, which debuts some new default apps as well as an enhanced dark mode.

There are newer versions of the kernel, including version 5.17 on supported hardware. 

Ubuntu 22.04 is available for various AMD-based and 64-bit x86 PCs. Docker, WSL, and other services that offer Ubuntu images are in the process of rolling out Ubuntu 22.04.

Interested users can download the latest version as an ISO image from the download section of the Ubuntu website.

According to the release notes, existing users who want to upgrade from Ubuntu 20.04 should wait a few of days while Canonical works out any last-minute glitches.

Ubuntu 22.04 is a Long Term Support (LTS) release, which means it will receive security patches and app upgrades for the next five years.

If you have NVIDIA graphics, you'll be able to use the Linux-restricted NVIDIA drivers on ARM64 in addition to the x86 64 drivers you already have.

ARM64 users may now install and configure NVIDIA drivers from the Ubuntu Archive using the ubuntu-drivers utility.

This increased hardware support is geared for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) developers rather than gamers. 

You can use it to install NVIDIA virtual GPU (vGPU) software drivers as well as NVIDIA vGPU Software 14.0.

As expected, Ubuntu 22.04 includes the most recent versions of the most popular Linux desktop applications. For instance, LibreOffice 7.3.2 for your office suite, Thunderbird 91.8 for e-mail, and Firefox 99.0.1 for browsing the web.

Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth applauded the team's work on 22.04 LTS, saying: "We are on track to float the business. I now am pretty confident that we will do that in 2023."