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The 5 Best Linux Distros of 2022 (imo, ofc)

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In this post, I look back at the best Linux distributions of 2022 — and spoilers: they’re not all based on Ubuntu!

I know: I make the same joke every year and I do it. But hey: I am writing about Ubuntu. I use Ubuntu. You can Expect me to keep everything about Ubuntu. But the Linux ecosystem? It’s more than Only Ubuntu. There are plenty of top-notch Linux distributions that deserve praise, celebration, and recognition. This list is my little way of giving them that!

However, the following is neither a position of superiority nor a ranking of importance. Only me, one person, praise this some of the best Linux releases of the year. Is it comprehensive? But. And it’s not a criticism either, so if you love an OS is not The omission below is not because I find it horrible!

Now that the SEO gods are (hopefully) saturated from this lengthy introduction, let’s look at my top 5 Linux distros of 2022!

1. Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

A quick run-through of the innovations on 22.04

Well the was the best Linux distribution of the year for me Ubuntu 22.04 LTSwho came back in April.

Long term support releases are always a big deal as they are used by tens of millions of people. Luckily, Ubuntu’s dedicated developers have come up with a release that deserves attention.

Put your concerns aside (see video). jam jellyfish Purchased GNOME Shell 42, configurable accent colors, Wayland by default, new multitasking options, new dock options, a better desktop icons extension, Linux kernel 5.15, Raspberry Pi 4 support. Plus countless updated apps, tools and packages.

Although I’m an interim release rider – always have been and probably always will be – most people stick with an LTS release. And with Ubuntu 22.04, they get a version that’s really good enough to use for the duration of the support period without FOMO.

2. Fedora workstation 37

A desktop screenshot of Fedora 37 Workstation with the Settings app open and the Nautilus file manager open
Flawlessly processed: Fedora 37

Fedora workstation is a flagship desktop Linux distribution for a reason: it’s robust, reliable, impeccably manufactured – it distills what many people are looking for most: a “pure” GNOME experience, delivered the way the developers wanted it intend to build on a strong and stable base.

Autumn offer from Fedora 37 workstation features gnome 43 – an update that significantly improves the user experience with the GNOME Shell quick settings. There is also a feature with more functions files rebuilt in GTK4/libadwait; and revised calendar apps and device security Blackboard; Raspberry Pi 4 support; GRUB instead of Syslinux in the BIOS; and more.

People often overlook Fedora Workstation because it tends to be low-key, unassuming, and drama-free for Linux distros. Still, it’s a slick and functional distro that dispenses with fancy frills in order to focus entirely on its performance, integration, and cohesion.

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

3. Manjaro 22.0 ‘Sikaris’

a screenshot of the Manjaro Linux distribution with the terminal and web browser open
Manjaro 22.0 ‘Sikaris’, on site

That and version of Manjaro had to appear in this list was obvious. And when it comes to Arch-based Linux distros, Manjaro is one of the best. Oh, I know: there’s gossip about Manjaro within the wider Linux community, but to me these storms in a teacup never affect the quality (or should taste ☕️) of the distro itself.

Manjaro 22.0 “Sikaris” is not just a distro: it’s an experience

An example of this is the Manjaro 22.0 version out in December. The “main” favor with KDE Plasma provides a seamless experience. Everything from the shell to the package manager to bespoke touches and apps is cohesive, thoughtful and choreographed.

Manjaro 22.0 isn’t just a distro, it’s an experience.

Manjaro’s desktop-specific “editions” are also excellently put together. You never feel like Manjaro plus xfce, plus GNOME, etc. Each is a carefully curated and nicely integrated showcase of each desktop’s strengths – or to put it less floridly, whichever edition of Manjaro you choose, it always feels that way MAINLY you.

Also, the Manjaro community is large and active. For any problem that arises, I can probably find a post on the Manjaro forums about it (or someone willing to point me to a solution). community whoops an important aspect of any distribution. The Linux kernel is the heart of most distributions, but its community is the lifeblood.

Manjaro is the complete package and a definite distro of the year.

4. Linux Mint 21

a desktop screenshot of Linux Mint 21.1 showing new folder icons appearing in the Nemo file manager
Mint got new windows y icons

Linux Mint 21.1 is the newer and more visually interesting (cf. new applets and updated graphics) update, the original version of Linux Mint 21 had the biggest impact of the two this year.

The much-touted “newbie” distribution, Linux Mint’s core, aims to provide a lightweight and familiar computing experience that doesn’t get in the way, and continues to resonate with users in keeping with the way Windows works.

Linux Mint 21 “Cinnamon” is lightweight and efficient, making it a good choice for lower-end hardware and older machines. Besides being easy to use, Linux Mint comes with an interesting selection of pre-installed software that aims to cover the needs of most users, including quite a few self-developed apps these are pretty special.

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

5. Ubuntu 22.10

A brief overview of what’s new in 22.10

Ubuntu twice in one list?! It’s a bit much, but the inclusion of PipeWire means I’m committed to 22.10. Honestly, it’s in my contract as publisher of this site —What? Yes, I wrote the contract myself… Why do you ask?

But seriously, the Ubuntu 22.10 addition mentioned above PipeWire (although overdue) means most Bluetooth audio devices now “only” work with Ubuntu. This coupled with the audio device switcher in GNOMEs quick settings Ubuntu 22.10 hits exactly the right note with modern audio equipment.

Second, the surge in GNOME 43 shipments and a litany of Libadwait ports meant the Kinetic Kudu came on the scene with a real one dynamics – it was one of the earliest ways to try GNOME 43 for context – which has been missing since the early Unity days.

Finally, and without a doubt, the most important, critical, and distro-defining element was the Kinetic Kudu Mascot Wallpaper – the best default Ubuntu wallpaper since Hardy Heronimo.

recognitions

Zorin OS 16.2 deserves a shout out

Narrowing my selection down to 5 was necessary, otherwise this would have been just a very long list of all Linux distributions that have released an update in the last 12 months.

A few extra greetings: the last Endeavor OS The ‘Cassini’ release is the ideal entry point for anyone looking to drive a reliable rolling release distribution. The newest Zorin OS It’s built on an older Ubuntu base, but the out-of-the-box wow factor remains invigorating for Linux newbies.

Gamers, programmers and creators love it Pop!_OS 04/22, which is the last version of the System76 distribution to ship with the GNOME shell by default; and there was a lot of love surrounding the lightweight Linux distribution MX Linux that breathes new life into older hardware.

And a scream must go SteamOSthe Arch-based distribution Valve preinstalled on the Steamdeck console.

over to you

That’s it my List of the best desktop Linux releases for 2022. I tried to weigh the different feature sets, changes, and key technologies when choosing, keeping the desirability and popularity in mind. phew, MX Linux was *so* close to taking a spot – expect more about it and other distros on our sister site omg! Linux.

Anyway, who the hell cares what I think?!

I want to hear your Select distribution releases from the last twelve months. So dive into the comments (and tip: the “old” Disqus theme can be selected from the options again, yay). Try to maintain positive attitudes wherever possible, focusing on the distros and developments you like rather than the ones you don’t.

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