Ubuntu MATE 22.04 – New Features and Release Details

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A list of new features of the Ubuntu MATE 22.04 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish) that includes what changed since the prior LTS release.

Ubuntu MATE 22.04 LTS Desktop
Ubuntu MATE 22.04 LTS Desktop

Ubuntu MATE 22.04 LTS – New Features

Ubuntu MATE 22.04 LTS “Jammy Jellyfish” releases on April 21, 2022, with the developers’ two years’ worth of continuous work.

While looking at the changes in Ubuntu MATE 22.04 LTS, I was surprised to see the number of changes it brings compared to the other official Ubuntu flavours, excluding KDE Plasms while based on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

The primary reason is that Ubuntu MATE 22.04 LTS brings the latest MATE Desktop version 1.26.1, a major version upgrade since Ubuntu MATE 20.04 featuring MATE Desktop 1.24.

In addition to that, this is a first point release of the MATE desktop environment, which means you are bound to experience the performance boost because bugs and memory leaks are eliminated.

While trying the available ISO, I felt the performance boost is fantastic. It is super fast in terms of responses on the desktop. Thanks to the great work done by the MATE desktop team.

Such a nice and clean login screen of Ubuntu MATE 22.04 LTS
Such a nice and clean login screen of Ubuntu MATE 22.04 LTS

Themes and other changes

Moreover, this LTS release is the first variant that officially launches the MATE variant of the Yaru theme with all the Yaru colour themes plus the native “Chelsea cucumber” green version. And it looks stunning.

Furthermore, the team also included dark and light app indicators of popular applications in the system tray, which automatically changes appearance when you transition from dark to light theme or vice-versa.

MATE variant of Yaru themes
MATE variant of Yaru themes

This release includes three new GNOME applications due to popular demand: GNOME Maps, GNOME Weather, and GNOME Clocks. Interestingly, they are GNOME apps based on the 41.0 release and they look stunning in the MATE environment considering they are using GTK4 and libadwaita.

Besides those, the team included all popular package formats by default in the installation. That means Snap, Flatpak and AppImage work out of the box, and you do not need to play around to set them up the first time.

Finally, this release brings back the message indicators with Ayatana Indicators 22.2.0 in the default installation. Ayatana Indicators now supports backwards compatibility to Ubuntu indicators and doesn’t require additional setup.

Last but not least, a colossal set of impactful tiny changes, under the hood improvements and application updates makes it one of the most memorable releases from the Ubuntu MATE team.

Summary of the changes

To sum up the essential changes in Ubuntu MATE 22.04 LTS:

  • Performance boosted and optimized MATE Desktop 1.26.1
  • Linux Kernel 5.15 LTS
  • MATE variant of Yaru theme with accent colours
  • Automatic dark and light icon switching in the system tray, based on user themes
  • MATE Tweak improvements that make the desktop layout switch more effortless than ever
  • MATE HUD now supports updated rofi theme engine
  • The ISO size is reduced by 41% as the team dropped NVIDIA drivers from the ISO (you can still install via option during setup)
  • Three new apps from GNOME: GNOME Clocks, Maps and Weather
  • Out of the box support for Flatpak, Snap and AppImage
  • Raspberry Pi image will be available post-release
  • Firefox 99.0
  • Evolution 3.44
  • LibreOffice 7.3+

Finally, Ubuntu MATE 22.04 LTS is now available to download via the below links. You may want to give it a try in a virtual machine or a physical system.

Via official changelog.


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