Ubuntu 22.04: Beautiful Outside, Ugly Inside!

Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish is released and it looks gorgeous. But there are some problems that cannot be over-weighted by its beauty. Let’s have a look at them in this Ubuntu 22.04 review.

Positive aspects

Before I start criticizing this release of Ubuntu I would like to highlight some positive aspects. I do appreciate all the work that has been done by Canonical to release this version of Ubuntu.

When you have a first look at Ubuntu Jammy Jellyfish it is a breath of fresh air. There is a new Yaru theme and I particularly like its dark version.

Ubuntu 22.04 Yaru dark theme

Ubuntu 22.04 is based mostly on GNOME 42. It has a new horizontal app launcher with a horizontal workspace switcher. There is also a fine-tuned activities view.

Ubuntu 22.04 app launcher

I have to emphasize that the Software Center is finally lightening fast. Navigation, searching for apps, installation, everything works fine. After more than 10 years of observing the development of the Ubuntu Software Center, I can say it is finally as good as I would like it to be. Maybe I would only like to have a little better indication of deb and snap packages. Right now, you get two entries for these two types of software delivery. I would prefer to have two install buttons: one for snap and another for a deb package. But I assume Canonical wants to transition to snap 100% eventually, so maybe it is ok to have these duplicates for now.

There are many improvements in the Settings app. New Appearance, Multitasking, and Power settings are probably the most prominent ones. I especially appreciate the possibility to switch between three different power modes which are also available in the status menu for a quick switch. It does help to save some battery time.

Ubuntu 22.04 power modes

Wayland is now the default and it works much better than in Ubuntu 21.04. I use the new Nvidia graphics 510 driver and I encountered zero issues with it. Given this new driver and the new Kernel 5.15, I have heard that Ubuntu should also perform much better in games. But I do not play games and cannot confirm that. If you have tried games in Ubuntu 22.04, please share your experience in the comments below.

Now, let’s talk about the problems.

1. Installation Problem

I had a problem with installing Ubuntu 21.04 in the EFI mode last year. I described this issue in my Ubuntu 21.04 review. This problem still exists in Ubuntu 22.04.

In brief, Ubuntu refuses to boot from a USB if you simply write the ISO to a USB with the dd command or with some popular apps such as Etcher and even Ubuntu Startup Disk Creator. To install Ubuntu 21.04, I wrote the ISO to my USB with the help UNetbootin app.

This time I tried to switch to the legacy mode in my BIOS and Ubuntu 22.04 finally booted. I installed it without a bootloader because I have several Linux distros installed on this laptop, so I could use the Debian bootloader to boot Ubuntu.

It could be just an issue specific to my hardware but I installed many other Linux distros on this laptop that is MSI Prestige 15 and none of them had installation problems. There are also comments on my YouTube channel where other users reported a similar problem.

2. Boot time

Ubuntu 22.04 is noticeably slow in boot time. It takes 35-45 sec to boot on my Intel Core i7-10710U CPU, 16 Gb of RAM and NVMe SSD.

Ubuntu 22.04 boot time

Debian and KDE Neon that are also installed on this laptop, boot within 15 sec. Shutdown time is also quite long.

3. Firefox is snap

Little by little Canonical transitions all the apps to snap versions. This time it is Firefox. It is a snap app in Ubuntu 22.04. by default.

I have also installed a binary version of Firefox from the Mozilla website and tested the performance of the two Firefox programs. Both were the 99.0.1 versions.

I launched the snap version first and then the other one. The result you can see below, this screenshot shows the binary version is fully loaded while the snap version that was actually started earlier is still loading.

Firefox is snap in Ubuntu 22.04

Firefox is the most frequently used app in my workflow and I do not like that it is slower than it could be.

Moreover, Firefox is not fully integrated into the desktop environment because a snap app is a little isolated program. For example, you won’t be able to install the GNOME extension through Firefox and some password manages may not work with it.

There is no deb version included in the default repository. To install a non-snap version of Firefox that works faster you need to follow the instructions on the Mozilla website. I doubt a new user would do that.

4. Overall problem with snap apps

Snap apps have a fantastic idea behind them - to eliminate the problem of dependencies. As I programmer I understand this pursuit. However, when I look at snap apps from a regular user perspective, I do not like them. Besides the Firefox issue I have just shown, there is a general trend that snap apps do not work as well as their non-snap counterparts.

They have problems with inheriting the desktop theme. For example, I tried two versions of Kdenlive in Ubuntu 22.04. The snap version of Kdenlive the changes cursor theme and makes all fonts smaller, while the deb version of Kdenlive inherits the desktop theme without issues. I have not tested the performance of these two Kdenlive versions in Ubuntu 22.04 but recalling my previous tests, the snap version of Kdenlive was considerably slower during editing and rendering and even crashed.

Kdenlive in Ubuntu 22.04

Also, surprisingly Kdenlive snap version is older in Ubuntu 22.04 than the deb version. For me as an end-user, having the latest Kdenlive is essential because I edit all my videos in it.

I really hope snap apps will become as good as regular deb versions. But for now I try to avoid snap packages.

5. No minimize on dock click

When I click on any open app in the dock it doesn’t minimize. It can be activated with this terminal command:

gsettings set org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock click-action 'minimize'

I just do not get why this feature is disabled by default.

Canonical has finally added the option to show applications from the current workspace only in the Settings. Couldn’t they also add a graphical option to enable minimizing to dock on a click?

6. Cheese doesn’t work

Well, Cheese works but incorrectly. This is the picture I get on the webcam of my MSI Prestige 15 laptop.

Cheese in Ubuntu 22.04

Given that it crashed in Ubuntu 21.04, and it doesn’t crash in Ubuntu 22.04 but has visual issues, I hope it will work in Ubuntu 23.04 next year 😄.

I installed Guvcview as an alternative webcam app and it works fine.

Guvcview in Ubuntu 22.04

Otherwise, I have to point out that Ubuntu 22.04 has no problems with recognizing any of my hardware. Wi-fi, Bluetooth mouse, Bluetooth headphones, NVIDIA graphics, printers, everything works as expected.

7. Clipboard buffer issue

I was writing this post in Ubuntu 22.04 and I noticed that the Clipboard buffer doesn’t save the last copied text if you close Firefox.

If I copy any text in Firefox and then close it. When I try to paste it in LibreOffice, it doesn’t paste and if I do the same in the Terminal, the Paste option is not even active.

But the Clipboard works fine if I keep Firefox open after I copy the text. This is an obvious bug. Also, it is not specific to the snap version of Firefox. The binary version of Firefox has the same problem in Ubuntu 22.04.

8. Files crashes

The last issue I experienced was that Files, the fine manager of Ubuntu 22.04, has crashed several times. I do not even know why. Every time I received this crash message, I was not even using Files. It was open in the background and just crashed.

Files crashes in Ubuntu 22.04

I did not test Files with a lot of workload like coping many or large files, but casual browsing worked fine. So, if there is a bug, it is not crucial for the end-user but still annoying.

Conclusion

Overall, Ubuntu 22.04 brings many attractive improvements and the problems I mentioned are not devastating. But given that there are other Linux distros without these problems, I would not look at Ubuntu 22.04 as my daily driver.

If you are an Ubuntu user, I recommend waiting at least 3 months before you upgrade so most of the bugs get fixed.

What’s your experience with Ubuntu 22.04? Leave a comment below.

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Comments


Zac

I installed Kubuntu 22.04 just two days ago, and I have none of issues that you encounted. In fact Kubuntu 22.04 is better than Fedora 36 KDE (but that’s not hard), and on par with openSUSE KDE and Manjaro KDE. Some of those issues are Gnome related. BTW, I have a 6 years old latop intel i5, startup time is ~20sec. Firefox snap starts within 7 sec after a reboot and 2 secs if restarted during the same session, same as other distros, its a non-issue. Being sandboxed will cause problems, and they need to work on that. Canonical should just move to KDE as its default desktop, and alot of these issues will be non-existant. Canonical has little say in Gnome, as, in practice, it’s largely controlled by Red Hat.



Carol

22.04 is awful. So annoyed that I upgraded. Longtime user and hate to say this but my IPAD is now my daily driver. At least Firefox on iOS works like it used to. Sad…




thomas covenant

thomas covenant

totally agree with your review. while it seems the snap firefox starts slower, it seems to be faster when loading. but that’s all. but i hate it,as the gnome extension plug in does not work in snap, and that alreay in 21.10. enough time to fix that, but never done. thought the extension manager works (which fortunately not a snap). i hate snap, complicated, slow, uses more resources. apple uses the toolboxes from the beginning and everything was build on them (even in the GSOS) and the apps really use less resources. not so with snap crap. i already had problems with chees in 21.04 and 21.10. moved then to gucview. steam and games keep crashing. most gnome extensions no longer work did these guess ever hear anything about “customer wants and needs”? or QA? this is a LTS banana software release.


almo e

My experiences were largely positive when installing 22.04 as a fresh (bare metal) go, but upgrades were a bit more of an, er, checkerboard. Specifically, working audio (non-3rd-party drivers) seemed to install dummy soundcards after upgrade. This took a long time (too long IMHO) to unravel, not sure if the basic problem was driver-related or a new systemd process for alsa/pulseaudio to “adjust” to?

Jury is still out on the SNAP/Firefox, haven’t run any benchmarks to confirm “crashiness” or “slowness” (which may be related to the crashiness) with FF running in SNAP mode. Compared with Manjaro (more or less my “daily driver”),

I think the stability of every new LTS release is suspicious to some extent, going back to 16.04 when Canonical took the driver seat with Ubuntu, and at least until EOL of the last interim version, in this case July 2022 for 21.10. This is based on some reading I did encouraging users to wait to July before upgrading, I think that is prudent advice, although a week or so after release, I logged my first ‘successful’ upgrade from 21.10 to 22.04, although with a great many issues as mentioned already.


Elven Decker

Elven Decker

I’ve been a Linux user since it was only available on floppies downloaded with ftp. I’ve also been a strong Ubuntu supporter for many years. I lived through the Unity UI, and since it went away I’ve been assuming that Canonical had learned their lesson about “ship the software and fix it in the field”. Now with the rise of snap I’m starting to get the feeling that history is repeating itself. Please Canonical, make things bulletproof before you scale them! I am sure that snaps will continue to improve, but why are they being pushed so hard when they are not fully featured? Lack of a native messaging protocol is at the heart of many snap issues but I don’t see any formal activity to make it right.


Handoko

I updated my Ubuntu Mate to version 22.04 some days ago and I regret doing it. Everything was working good but now I experience several issues:

Firefox crashes several times in day. I also have Tor Browser, which was installed since the previous version. Now both my Tor Browser and Firefox are sure to crash if I run them long enough.

My customized panel layout can’t be load properly if I reboot the computer. All the custom application launchers won’t be able to show up.



Dan P

I fresh- installed U 22.04 the da it was available. So many sstem crashes, file crashes and previous apps not working anymore. I had to revert to backup copy off U 21.10

Veryy frustrating.


greg stokes

Going back to 20.04 which worked just fine for me .Just to glitchy for me , wine does not work properly.Programs that require wine just lock up and am unable to quit without shutting down. Why cant you just force quit like on older versions.Firefox snap is a complete failure,ended up installing deb package to get it working.Have wasted a day and a half with it so far ,that is enough. Will give it another try next year.


Hung Low

Thoughts on Snaps are subjective so I can respect your thoughts/feelings on them. However, you should mention that Mozilla asked Canonical to distribute Firefox as a Snap with 22.04. The way you have the article/video framed now is you imply Canonical wants to turn almost every application into a Snap and there’s no basis for that. Either way, I like how you mention that Firefox can be installed as a .deb package if one were so inclined to revert back to .deb.

Additionally… I can’t speak to why Files crashed on your system so often or why boot time takes a longer than expected amount of time; I think it’s fair to say this is something that’s perhaps peculiar to your system/installation/settings?

Files has yet to crash on my Desktop and boot time is just as fast or faster with 22.04 than 20.04 on my Desktop.

Snaps aside, the rest of what you find ‘ugly’ with Ubuntu is arguably minor/shallow issues; certainly not enough to say it makes Ubuntu ‘ugly’ on the inside.

I don’t think it’s a secret, based on previous videos, you’re not the biggest fan of Ubuntu. I can respect that, we all have things we like/dislike. I suspect you make videos on Ubuntu simply because they’re probalby your more popular videos. However I think you should mention you’re not a big fan of a Ubuntu before posting reviews like this so the audience better understands your perspective and frame of mind.


Kenny

You wrote “I have to emphasize that the Software Center is finally lightening fast. “

Lightening is what cream does to coffee. Atmospheric discharge of static electricity is “lightning.” No “e.”


Martin F. Slater

Martin F. Slater

I was conned into upgrading to “jellyfish”. After about 90 minutes, the onscreen message told me that the installation had failed, but using ubuntu 21.10 would probably not work correctly either now.

They were right. Some things worked, others didn’t. So, I reinstalled 21.10.

I’m a Linux beginner and tinkering under the hood with sudo (is that short for “sod off”?) is not for me. After using MacOS for years, this Linux version is catastrophic. Settings are strewn all over a wide range of themes, systems, whatever. And, no, I have no intention of learning what is clearly a mess. What happened to English spelling - classic howlers everywhere. How about quality control - testing everything before issuing an update?

I’ll carry on stumbling around, bumping into long-sought solutions by accident, but Linux’ chances aren’t looking good. Yes, it’s different, but it’s crystal clear why it’s a fringe OS. There must be a sign over all Linux coders’ monitors: “User- friendliness is an unwanted goal - avoid it like the plague”.



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