System76 has today released the latest version of their own Linux distribution, with Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS.
The basics are that they've rebased on top of Ubuntu 22.04 for their packaging, with it being an LTS it's supported for 5 years with updates. Also included is the more up to date Linux Kernel 5.16.19 at release (and they do regular updates), Mesa 22 drivers and GNOME 42 with their COSMIC interface. Plenty more tweaks are included with this release too, so here's a quick run-down.
Automatic updates are available in the new OS Upgrade & Recovery panel in Settings, allowing you to set what time and day you want them to happen. Notifications for updates are also now shown weekly, they said it's to "reduce distractions" but you can change that frequency too.
The settings menu also has a new Support panel, giving you various options to get help from articles to support chat. You can change what background you want between light and dark modes, better performance with their newer System76 Scheduler — they said this "optimizes performance by directing resources to the window in focus" which should help gaming. PipeWire is now the default for audio too, so you get the latest and greatest way to handle it all on Linux, something I am a big fan of.
Pop!_Shop, their software store, saw plenty of upgrades too including:
- Backend code improvements for more responsive operations
- Improved reliability for package operations (update, install, etc.)
- UI Improvements to aid in allowing small window sizes for tiling
- Update and Install buttons now also function as a progress bar
- New "Recently Updated" homepage section highlighting newly added/updated apps
Various other improvements include better multi-monitor support with the workspaces view, a fixed layout on HiDPI displays and increased performance.
Outside of that, they sent over this list:
- Installed NVIDIA drivers are now visible in Pop!_Shop, and will no longer include an “Install” button. Older drivers are also available to install, though the most recent available NVIDIA driver is recommended for most NVIDIA GPUs.
- Better performance with improvements to the CPU scaling governor, which keeps your CPU running at the optimal frequency for your system.
- The Pop!_OS upgrade service will now only activate when checking for or performing release upgrades. (Previously it was active 24/7.).
- If your upgrade gets interrupted, debian packages are now resumable—meaning you can pick up the upgrade from where you left off.
- File type for icons has been changed to .svg.
- Max disk capacity for journald logs is now limited to 1GB.
- Added support for laptop privacy screens.
- RDP by default for remote desktop use.
- Better performance, scaling, and reliability in Pop!_Shop.
- Added this funky new user icon.