- Canonical has released Ubuntu 22.10, an update to the Linux distribution of the company that introduces MicroPython support on various microcontrollers.
- Ubuntu 22.10 is considered an interim release that improves the experience for developers and IT administrators.
Ubuntu 22.10 upgrade supports MicroPython on microcontrollers, including the Raspberry Pi Pico W board. Rshell, thonny, and mpremote are also present in the Ubuntu repositories.
Meanwhile, Ubuntu’s graphics stack transition to kms means developers can run Pi-based graphical applications using frameworks such as Qt outside a desktop session and without Pi-specific drivers.
Ubuntu 22.10 also has the Landscape 22.10 beta, an administration tool that offers monitoring, patching, managing, and compliance reporting across Ubuntu estates from server to desktop. Landscape Servers can be installed on computers with Arm or Arm-based processors, and Ampere Altra-based Arm64 virtual machines can be installed on public clouds and Raspberry Pi.
Canonical said that Risc processors and hardware are also supported. These make it easier to use Landscape as a portable management system.
Ubuntu 22.10 can be downloaded from ubuntu.com. Other improvements in the release are detailed below:
- The toolchains have been updated for Ruby, GCC, Go, and Rust.
- OpenSSH is configured by default to use system socket activation, meaning sshd will not begin until an incoming connection request is received. It decreases the footprint and memory of the Ubuntu Server on smaller devices, VMs, or LXD containers.
- A debug info service assists developers and admins debug applications shipped with Ubuntu. Debugging tools like gdb will download the needed debug symbols over HTTP.
- Improvements in GNOME 4, including GTK4 theming for performance and consistency, enhance desktop usability and performance. Quick Settings give faster access to commonly used options like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, dark mode, and power settings.
- The PipeWire audio platform extends support for audio devices and offers a step up in Bluetooth connectivity for better video conferencing. Linux 5.19 improves the power performance of Intel devices and includes multithreaded decompression on Ubuntu to improve Snap performance on multi-core desktop systems.