Canonical has announced the launch of Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTSthe first maintenance update of the current Extended Support version of the distribution, ultimately the most recent, and therefore the one recommended for new installations in virtually all use cases.
Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTS, codenamed ‘Jammy Jellyfish’, arrives four months after the original release, but unlike subsequent updates this version receives, it does so with hardly any changes: the what’s new in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS are the same as they were: Linux kernel 5.15 with optimizations for Intel Alder Lake, Snap even in the soup with Firefox as the most notorious victim, Wayland by default even with NVIDIA, but not in all cases, GNOME 42, renewed visual appearance…
All of the above, of course, only for the main edition of Ubuntu with GNOME, excluding the kernel, of course, since it is the same for all official editions of the distribution. What’s new in Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTS? Updates, especially in the form of stability fixes and security patches, but also cumulative. In short, everything that has come out since April, with minor exceptions.
Thus, Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTS incorporates the latest NVIDIA graphics drivers, the latest GNOME update, applications such as LibreOffice, etc. Nothing unexpected, or not users who have installed Ubuntu 22.04 LTS have already received and stay up to date with system updates. Business as usual for the first update to an Ubuntu LTS; from the second yes there are important novelties.
The most relevant thing about Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTS is that from its release, Update window opens for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS users without their own initiative: it will be the system itself that notifies of the option and invites it to be executed. It is a simple and fairly safe process, but even so, it is worth having backup copies and, above all, patience, in case it takes longer than expected.
More information, in release notes.
What about the rest of the official Ubuntu editions? Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Budgie, Lubuntu… The same: they receive the same background updates and some more, related to their respective desktop environments and tools, but limited to mere maintenance, and including improvements in translations.
The only one that is a bit out of the mold is Ubuntu Studiowhich as you know migrated from Xfce to KDE Plasma and consequently warns that upgrade from Ubuntu 20.04 LTS is not possible, only from Ubuntu Studio 21.10.
Without further ado, here are the ways to download Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTS and family:
To all this, coinciding with the launch that we are dealing with, Canonical has published a “presentation video” of Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, something unusual and that comes later than desirable, but it is welcome after all. You can see it below.