Ubuntu Cinnamon 22.04 – A great 22.04 release!

The most famous and arguably the most widely used Linux system, Ubuntu, has a variant called Ubuntu Cinnamon that has been updated to 22.04 to match the latest Ubuntu release. This new version comes with 5 years of support.

The Ubuntu Cinnamon download page hasn’t been updated with the new files days after release… but the above blog post announcing their official release includes the download links.

I haven’t used the default “flavor” of Ubuntu for more than enough time to write a review about it, and then quickly scrubbed it off my system in years… But that’s not because Ubuntu isn’t a great operating system, it is Just because I didn’t like the desktop environments that Ubuntu ships with by default since it used GNOME 2.x… Ubuntu is a rock solid system with some of the largest support channels available, so for those who have theirs If you want to immerse yourself in the Linux way of life, Ubuntu might be for you, especially if you’re used to macOS.

However, I adore the Cinnamon environment, and it’s a constant battle between Cinnamon and KDE for supremacy in my world… So I decided to give Ubuntu Cinnamon 22.04 a spin, and boy am I glad I did have done!

My specifications:

  • Ryzen 5 3500X
  • 32GB DDR4 3200MHz
  • AMD Radeon 6900XT
  • 2x 1080P screens + 1x 21:9 1440P screen
  • Audio via DAC/amp combo unit connected via USB-C

installation

At this point, if your Linux OS doesn’t install in 5 minutes with very few clicks, you’re doing it wrong… And thankfully, Ubuntu Cinnamon gets it right. Installing the system was a breeze, and I was able to easily install the OS alongside a Windows partition on the same drive. During the installation, I chose to install third-party drivers and codecs. Once the installation was complete and I was booted into the system, my GPU was working just fine and I had no issues testing at all. I didn’t do extensive testing, but it was obvious that my GPU was working properly. and all monitors were at their optimal resolution by default, but I had to increase my main monitor’s refresh rate as it was set at 60 and can go as high as 100.

Included Software and Features

Some of the new features of Ubuntu (all flavors) 22.04 are:

  • Wayland is the default when using non-NVIDIA graphics
  • Active Directory upgrades and other support

Regarding Active Directory support, the Ubuntu Blog says: “On 4/22 we’re taking Active Directory integration to the next level with full installer integration and ADsys, a client that enables full group policy support, privilege escalation and remote script execution.”

Ubuntu Cinnamon 22.04 pretty much includes all the basic stuff too, provided you didn’t select “minimal” during installation. Firefox, LibreOffice, Thunderbird, Rythmbox, GIMP, and Transmission all come installed by default, giving you a big head start if you have everything you need.

perfomance

Ubuntu cinnamon flown. My machine isn’t bad, so I was expecting smooth performance, but I was a little surprised at how fast and responsive the system was, even with everything set to default. With LibreOffice Writer open and Firefox with 3 tabs open, my system was consuming at most 6% CPU usage and 2.5GB of RAM. This system was installed on a SATA SSD, not NVME, but it flew installing, browsing the web and writing this review.

Final Thoughts

I could leave Ubuntu Cinnamon 22.04 installed for a while and play with it more. I use Ubuntu on some of my servers and I’ve always enjoyed Ubuntu for its simplicity, larger package/software repositories and sometimes huge support community… It’s a great system, I just hate the Unity desktop environment . But with Ubuntu Cinnamon I get a more personally preferred environment and all the benefits of the latest Ubuntu release.

I’ve had this installed for about a week since I originally wrote this article and I’m still using it and haven’t seen any reason or need to change it; and I’m picky! So, that’s just this nerd opinion.

Will you install the new Ubuntu? Have you used Ubuntu in the past? What about Ubuntu Cinnamon as an alternative to the original? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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Ubuntu Cinnamon 22.04 - A great 22.04 release!

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Ubuntu Cinnamon 22.04 – A great 22.04 release!

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Mike gives an overview and his opinion on Ubuntu Cinnamon 22.04.

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Mike Turcotte McCusker

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