Top 5 Linux Distributions of 2022 (imo, ofc)

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In this post I look at the best Linux distributions of 2022 – and spoilers: not all are Ubuntu-based!

I know: I make the same joke every year. But hey: I’m writing about Ubuntu. I am using Ubuntu. Joyful May Expect me to keep everything about Ubuntu. But the Linux ecosystem? more Only ubuntu. There are tons of top Linux distributions that deserve praise, celebration and recognition. This list is my little way of giving it to them!

However, what follows is not a position of superiority or an order of importance. Just me, one person, one calling Some one of the best Linux releases of the year. Is it comprehensive? Good Also this isn’t a criticism either, so if you have an OS you like not It’s not that I think it’s terrible, which is under negligence!

With the SEO gods (hopefully) saturated from this long entry, let’s take a look at the top 5 Linux distributions of 2022!

1.Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Brief information about what’s new in 22.04

arguably the best Linux distribution version of the year for me Ubuntu 22.04 LTSCame back in April.

Long-term support releases are always important as they are used by tens of millions of people. Fortunately, the dedicated developers of Ubuntu have released a remarkable release.

Put aside worries (see video) jellyfish with jam Bought GNOME Shell 42, configurable accent colors, Wayland by default, new multitasking options, new slot options, a better desktop icons extension, Linux kernel 5.15, Raspberry Pi 4 support. Plus tons of updated apps, tools and packages.

Although I’m a temporary release driver – I always have been, I probably always will be – most people stick with an LTS version. And with Ubuntu 22.04 they have a really good release to use during the support period. FOMO.

2. Fedora Workstation 37

Desktop screenshot of Fedora 37 Workstation with Settings app and Nautilus file manager open
Perfectly done: Fedora 37

Fedora Workstation It’s a flagship desktop Linux distribution for good reason: Robust, reliable, impeccably built — it distills what many people seek most: a “pure” GNOME experience, delivered on a strong and stable foundation, as the developers intended.

the autumn offers Fedora 37 Workstation properties GNOME 43 – with an update that greatly improves the GNOME Shell user experience Quick Settings. Also more featured Folders Rebuilt in GTK4/libawait; and renewed Calendar apps; and Device Security panel; Raspberry Pi 4 support; GRUB instead of syslinux in BIOS; and more.

The public often overlooks Fedora Workstation because Linux distributions are so understated, unpretentious, and drama-free. Still, it’s a subtle and functional distribution that forgoes fancy embellishments to focus entirely on its performance, integration, and harmony.

If you’ve never tried Fedora you’re missing out, so get it sorted!

3. Manjaro 22.0 ‘Sikaris’

screenshot of Manjaro Linux distribution with a terminal and web browser open
Manjaro 22.0 ‘Sikaris’, in situ

HE IS and version Manjaro It was clear that it had to be on this list. And as Arch-based Linux distributions go, Manjaro is one of the best. Ah, I know: there’s a lot of chatter about Manjaro within the broader Linux community, but for me, storms in this teacup never affect the quality of the distribution itself (or should it be the flavor ☕️).

Manjaro 22.0 ‘Sikaris’ is not just a distribution, it’s an experience

exemplifying this Manjaro version 22.0 out in December. The “main” goodness with KDE Plasma offers a seamless experience. From the shell to the package manager, bespoke touches and apps, everything is cohesive, thoughtful and choreographed.

Manjaro 22.0 is an experience, not just a distribution.

Desktop specific “versions” of Manjaro are also superbly compiled. They never feel like Manjaro plus xfce, plus GNOME etc. Each is a carefully compiled and beautifully integrated showcase of the strengths of their respective desktops – or to put it in less fancy terms: Whichever version of Manjaro you choose, it always feels like the best. MOTHER he is.

Also, the Manjaro community is large and active. For any issues that come up, I can find a Manjaro forum post about this (or someone willing to direct me to a solution). Society is is an important aspect of any distribution. The Linux kernel is the heart of most distributions, but its community is its lifeblood.

Manjaro is the full package and the definitive distribution of the year.

4. Linux Mint 21

Desktop screenshot of Linux Mint 21.1 showing new folder icons in Nemo file manager
Mint has new Windows-y icons

Linux Mint 21.1 newer and more visually interesting (see new apps and updated drawings) update, the original Linux Mint 21 release made the biggest impact of the two this year.

The often promoted “novice” distribution, Linux Mint’s main purpose is to provide a lightweight and familiar computing experience that continues to resonate with users in harmony with the way Windows works.

Linux Mint 21 “Cinnamon” is lightweight and efficient, making it a good choice on low-end hardware and older machines. Besides being easy to use, Linux Mint comes with an interesting selection of pre-installed software aimed at meeting the needs of most users. native apps This is pretty special.

Overall, Linux Mint 21 is an excellent choice for users who want a reliable and easy-to-use operating system.

5.Ubuntu 22.10

Brief information about what’s new in 22.10

Ubuntu twice in a list?! It’s a bit much but the inclusion of PipeWire means I have to include 22.10. To be honest, it’s my contract as the editor of this site —What? Yes, I wrote the contract myself… Why do you ask?

But seriously, the aforementioned addition to Ubuntu 22.10 pipe wire This means (though belatedly) that most Bluetooth audio devices now “only work” with Ubuntu. This combined with the audio device switcher in GNOME Quick Settings It means that Ubuntu 22.10 hits the right note with modern audio hardware.

Second, the increase in GNOME 43 shipping and a number of libadwaita ports meant: Kinetic Kudu came to a real crime scene dynamism – one of the earliest ways to try GNOME 43 for context – something that has been missing since the early days of Unity.

Finally, and undoubtedly the most important, critical and distribution defining element, Kinetic Kudu mascot wallpaper – the best default Ubuntu wallpaper since Hardy HeronI


Zorin OS 16.2 deserves a note

It was necessary to limit my selection to 5, otherwise that would be a very long list of every Linux distribution that has released an update in the last 12 months.

A few extra notes: the last EndeavourOS The ‘Cassini’ release is the ideal jumping-off point for anyone who wants to use a reliable continuous release distribution. Last hard operating system It is based on an older Ubuntu base, but the out-of-the-box amazing factor remains refreshing for users new to Linux.

Gamers, programmers and creators love it Pop!_OS 22.04is the final version of System76’s distribution that will ship with the GNOME Shell by default; and there’s a lot of love around the lightweight Linux distribution MX Linux injecting new life into old hardware.

And a shout must go SteamOSArch-based distribution Valve preload on Steamdeck console.

towards you

that’s it we List of best desktop Linux releases for 2022. When choosing, I tried to weigh the various feature sets, changes, and core technologies, and keep the appeal and popularity in mind. Wow, MX Linux *very* close to replacing it — we hope to hear more about this and other distributions on our sister site Oh my God! linux.

Anyway, who cares what the fuck I think?!

I want to hear yours distribution releases select from the last twelve months. So dive into the comments (and hint: the “old” Disqus theme can be used to re-select from the options, hooray). Try to make positive reviews whenever possible, focusing on distributions and developments you like rather than dislikes.

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