Ubuntu Unity 22.04.1 LTS: Derivative gets the first “new” old desktop in 6 years

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Ubuntu Unity, an unofficial derivative of the popular distribution Ubuntu from the British Linux distributor Canonical, has now been released in version 22.04.1 LTS with the “new” old desktop Unity 7.6. Based on the well-known substructure, the latest Unity is used as the desktop instead of Gnome 42.

Ubuntu Unity 22.04.1 LTS with Unity 7.6 released

Ubuntu 22.04 LTS still serves as the basis for Ubuntu Unity 22.04.1 LTS, since Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTS is delayed by a few days to August 11 due to a bug in the graphical installation routine. The basis of the LTS system kernel Linux 5.15 and five years of support is the same anyway. The biggest innovation is the “new” Desktop Unity 7.6, the first major update in more than half a decade.

Ubuntu Unity 22.04.1 LTS with Unity 7.6 (Image: Unity)

In addition to improved resource management – Unity 7.6 only requires 700 to 800 MB RAM after the new installation – the official release notes list in particular modernization work on the UI/UX, the launcher and the HUD as well as the following innovations, optimizations and bug fixes:

Here are the changes I've made in Unity 7.6:

  • The dash (app launcher) and HUD have been redesigned for a modern and slick look.
  • Added support for accent colors to unity and unity-control-center, and updated theme list in unity-control-center.
  • Fixed broken app info and ratings in dash preview.
  • The info panel has been updated in unity-control-center.
  • Improved dash rounded corners.
  • Fixed the 'Empty Trash' button in the dock (it now uses Nemo instead of Nautilus) .
  • Migrated the complete Unity7 shell source code to GitLab and got it to compile on 22.04.
  • The design is much flatter but retains the system-wide blur.
  • < li>The dock's menus and tooltips have been given a more modern look.

  • The low graphics mode works much better now and the dash is faster than ever.
  • The RAM usage in Unity7 is slightly lower now, while the RAM usage has been reduced substantially to about 700-800 MBs in Ubuntu Unity 22.04.
  • Fixed the standalone testing Unity7 launcher (this will help Unity7 contributors).
  • The buggy tests have been disabled and the build time is much shorter (this will help Unity7 contributors).

Unity 7.6 – Release Notes

The particularly resource-saving user interface has been given a facelift and modernized. The last current version 7.5, which was also used for the most current unofficial Ubuntu derivative with Unity, Ubuntu Unity 22.04 LTS, was released on May 25, 2016 with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (“Xenial Xerus”).

Refresh for Unity Lovers

Unity 7.6 is more of a Unity 7.5 “refresh” than a desktop remastered from the ground up, and is primarily aimed at users who first launched the 2010 for Still prefer the Ubuntu published UI.

Canonical, which used Unity as the default desktop from 2010 to 2017, from Ubuntu 10.10 (“Maverick Meerkat”) to Ubuntu 16.10 (“Yakkety Yak”), finally returned to Gnome, which now serves as the user interface.

< p class="p text-width">Existing installations of Ubuntu Unity can be updated from the console with the following command:

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

The future of the Unity desktop, on the other hand, is supposed to be the Unity 8 Desktop Environment (“Lomiri”) developed by UBports.

Download Ubuntu Unity 22.04.1 LTS

The approximately 3.5 gigabyte system image Ubuntu Unity 22.04 optimized for the CPU architecture AMD64 .1 LTS (ISO) is available for download now.

More information is available from the official website, while the YouTube channel “Arc Technologies” specialized in Linux and open source provides corresponding impressions of the old “new” desktop.