Top 5 Linux distributions of 2022

Top 5 Linux distributions of 2022

In this post, I’ll look at the best Linux distributions of 2022 – and spoiler: they’re not all built on Ubuntu!

I know: I make the same joke every year I do it. But hey: I’m writing about Ubuntu. I’m using Ubuntu. You’re mayonnaise You expect me to keep everything about Ubuntu. But the Linux ecosystem? It’s more than Just Ubuntu. There are plenty of top Linux distributions out there that deserve praise, celebration and recognition. This list is my little way of giving it to them!

However, the following is not a position of superiority, nor an order of importance. It’s just me, whoever, screaming some One of the best Linux releases of the year. is it all inclusive No, it’s not cash either, so if you like the OS No The omission below is not because I think it’s terrible!

Now that the SEO gods are (hopefully) fed up with this long introduction, let’s take a look at my top 5 Linux distributions of 2022!

1. Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

A quick look at what’s new on 04/22/2007

you can say and The best Linux distribution of the year for me was Ubuntu 22.04 LTS which arrived in April.

Long term support releases are always a big deal because tens of millions of people use them. Fortunately, Ubuntu’s dedicated developers have released a release that deserves attention.

Throw your obsessions aside (see video) Jam Jellyfish Purchased GNOME Shell 42, configurable highlight colors, Wayland by default, new multitasking options, new dock options, better desktop icon expansion, Linux kernel 5.15, Raspberry Pi 4 support. Updated more packages in app packages (for packages, etc.) tools and packages.

While I’m an interim release rider – always have been and probably always will be – most people stick with the LTS version. And with Ubuntu 22.04 they’re getting a really good enough release to use for the lifetime of support, no fomo.

2. Fedora 37 workstation

Perfectly finished: Fedora 37

Fedora Workstation It’s the leading desktop Linux distribution for good reason: it’s powerful, reliable, and finely crafted—it embodies what many people are looking for: a “clean” GNOME environment, delivered as the developers intended, plus a robust and stable base .

fall show Fedora Workstation 37 Gnome 43 Features – An update that significantly improves the GNOME Shell user experience quick setup. There are also more features files rebuilt in GTK4/libadwaita; Reconstructed Calendar program; AND Device security Team; Raspberry Pi 4 support; GRUB instead of syslinux in BIOS; and more.

People often overlook Fedora Workstation because, like most Linux distributions, it’s low-key, undemanding, and drama-free. But it’s a sleek, functional distribution that ignores fantasy and focuses solely on its performance, integrity, and cohesion.

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

3. Manjaro 22.0 “Sikaris”

Manjaro 22.0 “Sikaris”, in place

that AND A copy of Manjaro He was supposed to appear on this list was obvious. And from the Arch based Linux distributions, Manjaro is one of the best Linux distributions. Oh, I know: there’s talk of Manjar in the wider Linux community, but for me, the storm in my cup never affects the quality of the distro itself (or should that be the taste ☕️).

Manjaro 22.0 ‘Sikaris’ isn’t just a distro: it’s an experience

The epitome of this is Manjaro version 22.0, which was released in December. The “main” service with Kiddy Plasma offers the perfect experience. Everything from the wrapper to the package manager to the customizations and apps is cohesive, thoughtful, and designed.

Manjaro 22.0 is not just a distro, it’s an experience.

The desktop “versions” of Manjaro are also nicely packaged. They never felt like Manjaro Plus xfce, Plus GNOME etc. Each is a carefully curated and beautifully integrated representation of its desktop’s strengths—or, in less flowery terms: no matter which version of Manjaro you choose, it always seems to be Main One.

Additionally, the Manjaro community is large and active. For any problem that comes up, I’ll probably find a post on the Manjaro forum (or someone willing to point me in the direction of a solution). social communication He is An important aspect of any entertainment. The Linux kernel is the heart of most distributions, but its community is its lifeblood.

Manjaro is a complete package, determining the distribution of the year.

4. Linux Mint 21

A screenshot of the Linux Mint 21.1 desktop with the new folder icons visible in the Nemo file manager
Mint has new Windows-y icons

Linux Mint 21.1.2 Update The latest and most visually interesting update (check out the new apps and updated artwork), the original Linux Mint 21 release had the biggest impact of the two this year.

A much-touted “entry-level” distribution, Linux Mint’s main goal of offering a lightweight, familiar computing experience that stays out of the way still resonates with users attuned to the way Windows works.

Linux Mint 21 “Cinnamon” is lightweight and efficient, making it a good choice for lower-end and older hardware. In addition to its ease of use, Linux Mint comes with an interesting set of pre-installed software that aims to cover the needs of most users, including some native applications, which is rather odd.

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

5. Ubuntu 22.10

A quick look at what’s new on 10/22/2020

Ubuntu twice in one listing?! It’s a bit much, but including PipeWire means I have to include 22.10. Honestly, it’s in my contract as the editor of this site –when? Yes, I wrote the contract myself… Why do you ask?

But seriously, the aforementioned Ubuntu 22.10 addition for Pipe Wire (regardless of lag) means that most Bluetooth audio devices “just work” with Ubuntu. This pairs with the GNOME audio device switcher quick setup It means that Ubuntu 22.10 hits the right note with modern audio equipment.

Second, the increase in GNOME 43 shipping and a number of libadwait ports meant it Kudos Kinetic He arrived at the scene with the real one dynamics – was one of the earliest ways to experience GNOME 43, for context – which has been missing since the early days of Unity.

Finally, and without a shadow of a doubt, the most important, decisive and determining component was distribution Kudos Kinetic mascot wallpaper – and The best Ubuntu default wallpaper since Hardy HeronInternational Maritime Organization.


Zorin OS 16.2 is worth noting

Limiting my selection to 5 was necessary, otherwise it would be a very long list of all Linux distributions that have released an update in the last 12 months.

A few more shoutouts: Last By effort The “Cassini” version is the perfect jumping off point for anyone looking to ride a reliable rolling release distro. Last OS Zorin It’s based on an older base Ubuntu, but the cool factor out of the box remains an encouragement for users new to Linux.

Gamers, programmers and creators love it pop! _YOU 22.04, which is the last version of the System76 distribution that comes standard with GNOME; And there was a lot to like about this lightweight Linux distro MX Linux Which brings new life to old devices.

And the shouting must go on SteamOSpreloading the arc distribution valve to the Steamdeck console.

It’s over for you

So this to mine List of the best Linux desktop releases for 2022. In selecting them, I tried to evaluate different feature sets, key changes and technologies, keeping in mind appeal and popularity. fwiw MX Linux *It was very close to happening – expect to hear more about it and other distributions on sister site My God! Linux.

Who the hell cares about my opinion?!

I want to hear for you Select a distro release in the last twelve months. So dive into the comments (and hint: the “old” Disqus theme is back to choose from, cool). Try to stay as positive as possible and focus on the distros and developments you like rather than the distros and developments you don’t like.

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