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Ubuntu 23.04 'Lunar Lobster' Beta released

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The next major update for Ubuntu Linux is about to arrive, with the Beta of Ubuntu 23.04 'Lunar Lobster' now available. With the final release scheduled for April 20th, this will be one of the last times you can test for issues before the main release.

One of the major changes is their new installer, which is a Flutter snap, although the original installer is still around for people that have issues with the new one.

The majority of the user-facing changes are from their GNOME 44 upgrade though, so you should hopefully get a better performing desktop, along with the enhanced Quick Settings menu and lots more. My favourite feature there is that after years of waiting, there's finally thumbnails in the GNOME file picker (if the app is using GTK4). Hopefully more applications will upgrade to take advantage of the upgraded file picker.

Of course there's lots of other updated software included like Linux kernel 6.2, Firefox 111, LibreOffice 7.5.2, Thunderbird 102.9, BlueZ 5.66, NetworkManager 1.42, Pipewire 0.3.65, Poppler 22.12 and xdg-desktop-portal 1.16. They're also still testing their new Steam snap.

You can download the Beta below, depending on which you wish to test:

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Highball Apr 3
I can't take the Ubuntu Budgie version seriously. All I can think of is that it is Ubuntu, the budgie smuggler edition.
Linuxer Apr 3
Ubuntu still da most accessible Linux and they hav a stance to improve gaming even more. The latest Linux kernel comin for 23.04
Pengling Apr 4
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No Xubuntu beta yet?
mrdeathjr Apr 4
Quoting: PenglingNo Xubuntu beta yet?

See here

personally stay using lunar around 2 months and runs very well

Pengling Apr 4
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Quoting: mrdeathjrSee here
Ah, thanks very much! I thought it was funny for it not to be listed, but I can never be sure!
Brokatt Apr 4
Looking forward to the new Kubuntu 23.04 :)
I am really looking forward to this release. For general desktopuse and gaming the regular releases of Ubuntu are a good choice. I am on Kubuntu regular for years now and never had a problem with it. This distribution runs on four systems in our household ranging from more than a decade old lowend desktop all the way up to my decent desktop/gaming PC. I just add the kisak mesa ppa, the kubuntu backports paa and after additionally installing flatpaksupport i am good to go.

I get two distributionupdates a year which is a good compromise between stability and up-to-dateness of the softwarepackages in my opinion. As long as you don´t need support for some proprietary software products (like Davinci Reslove) that are only supported on the LTS release or AMD´s Radeon Software for linux, the regular release gives you a good experience.

Last edited by ripper81358 on 4 April 2023 at 6:50 am UTC
I don't like some of the decisions Canonical has taken, like requiring their flavors to drop Flatpak and only push Snaps.

But Ubuntu is still, IMO, an excellent distribution alongside its flavors. Kubuntu is still my daily driver on my desktop due to my preference for KDE and Plasma, and I am also a fan of Xubuntu.

Due to various reasons, I ended up on 22.10 on my desktop, so I will be making the upgrade to 23.04. I am considering staying on point releases going forward, as they've been pretty stable during the periods I've used them, and point releases offer a nice middle ground between LTS and rolling distros.
seven Apr 4
why use ubuntu cinnamon while linux mint is such a polished distro?
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