Ubuntu 22.04 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish) Release Date! Here’s Its New Features…

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Canonical Ltd as the commercial company behind the Ubuntu have officially announced the release date of the Ubuntu 22.04 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish). The Ubuntu 22.04 was officially introduced in 21 April 2022 and it’s now generally available for public downloads and become successor for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa). The Jammy Jellyfish is a long-term-support Ubuntu OS with five years support and can also extend until ten year.

According to the Canonical Ltd, Ubuntu 22.04 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish) bring significant leaps forward in cloud computing ecosystem, which make it more confidental featuring real-time kernel for industrial application and enterprise Active Directory, as well as it also compliances with a PCI-DSS, HIPAA, FIPS, and FedRAMP. It raising the bar for the open-source technology from the cloud ecosystem to edge, IoT, and also workstations environments. Well, Canonical partners with leaders on IT industry will still deliver enterprise-grade security, and long-term maintenance, as well as provide support for all major architectures, hardware, and cloud computing ecosystems.

The Ubuntu-based OS is deeply integrated into public clouds ecosystem as you can see when deploying a cloud VPS on some bare-metal provider like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Microsoft Azure, Digital Ocean and Vultr. All stable relase of Ubuntu distros, including 18.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa), and 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish) is available to use for public with its optimised for performance, security and easy to use either on development or production server environments. It say for Canonical as the “Confidential Computing and Arm drive public cloud innovation”.

Public Cloud Innovations with Confidential Computing and ARM-Based Architecture

CEO of Canonical Ltd, Mark Shuttleworth said, “Our mission is to be a secure, reliable and consistent open-source platform – everywhere. Ubuntu 22.04 LTS unlocks innovation for industries with demanding infrastructure security requirements, such as telecommunications and industrial automation, underpinning their digital transformation.“

Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish) have a key new capability with its Confidental Computing that is claimed to greatly improves extra data protection and user privacy in leading public clouds without requiring any changes to the existing running application deployments. Canonical Ltd also perform optimaztion on the Ubuntu 22.04 for AWS Graviton to ensure it can deliver great performance on Arm-based architecture. If you’re currently using Amazon Web Services (AWS), all stable Ubuntu-based operating system is available to deploy on AWS EC2 instance with multiple VM images, including support for the latest Graviton chips, and all the way to the containers-based applications.

Currently Oracle Corporation works closely with Canonical Ltd to enable Ubuntu distros on all its hardware in the Cloud Computing Infrastructure. Bo English-Wiczling as a Senior Director of Developer Relations at Oracle said, ”With Ubuntu 22.04 LTS on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, developers get a highly optimised operating system and kernel with excellent boot speed, security and stability. This includes the latest Arm servers, Ampere A1, where we provide high-performing and cost-effective solutions for all types of workloads.”

Easy to use for any developers

Almost all developers prefer to use a Ubuntu-based operating system to deploy their applications or code, both on cloud ecosystem or servers, and desktop PC or laptop. Altough some developers say that Ubuntu is motly easy to use both on server and desktop environments. So, it more easy to use for beginer in Linux environments, compared to the Debian OS or RedHat-based distors like CentOS, Rocky Linux and AlmaLinux OS. Since Ubuntu is provide beautiful user experience, easy to use, and shipped with huge collection of software application which available via Ubuntu software center. It also built-in-hand with Essesntial pre-installed applications, tools, or softwares.

There is also Ubuntu WSL or Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) which delivers deep integration system with native Windows development environments, including Visual Studio Code (VScode), and Docker Desktop accross a shared file system. Moroever, users or developers create mized Windows and Linux commands to create an efficient workflows for data science / data scientist, web development, and IT system managements. So it give the easy way for Ubuntu WSL in upgrading to the 22.04 LTS directly.

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Beside that, currently Ubuntu-based distors become the only one Linux operating system which give support for Azure Confidential VMs (Virtual Machines). Vikas Bhatia as a Head of Product for Azure Confidential Computing says, “Azure’s confidential VMs deliver confidentiality between different cloud customers and also between customers and Azure operators. Hardware-level encrypted guest isolation, combined with measured boot and TPM-backed full-disk encryption in Ubuntu and Azure Managed HSM, customer code and data are encrypted in use, in transit, and at rest using encryption keys that are protected and can be controlled by the customer. Canonical has been an important partner in this effort, working closely with us to bring confidential computing innovations to our customers”.

Ubuntu WSL delivers deep integration with native Windows development environments like Visual Studio Code and Docker Desktop across a shared file system. Users mix Windows and Linux commands to create efficient workflows for data science, web development and IT systems management. Users of Ubuntu WSL can upgrade to 22.04 LTS directly. Canonical Ltd currently partnering with OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) to offer and provide an enterprise-focused Ubuntu WSL, and it pre-enabled on Windows workstations, also for streamlined Linux and Windows development environments.

“Dell’s WSL-enabled Precision Workstations bring the power of Ubuntu to Windows users. With support for tools like NVIDIA CUDA, Tensorflow and PyTorch, Ubuntu WSL increases the accessibility of data science and AI/ML workloads with performance approaching Ubuntu on bare metal. No need to reboot between Ubuntu and Windows anymore, for many AI/ML/DL workflows”, said Kyle Harper as a Director of Artificial Intelligence Strategy, and Precision Workstations at Dell Technologies.

On the another hardware ecosystems, there is an innovation on the Raspberry Pi which bring the Ubuntu 22.04 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish) to mark the first LTS release with Ubuntu Desktop to support on the Raspberry Pi 4. According to Eben Upton (CEO of Raspberry Pi Trading) says that, “With Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, the entire recent Raspberry Pi device portfolio is supported for the very first time, from the new Raspberry Pi Zero 2W to the Raspberry Pi 4. It’s great to see a certified Ubuntu Desktop release that includes support for the 2GB Raspberry Pi 4, giving developers all over the world access to the most affordable development desktop environment.”

For Windows and macOS developers, Multipass provides Ubuntu 22.04 LTS VMs on demand with full cloud-init for cloud prototyping at home. Multipass gains Apple M1 support, making it the best way to drive development for new Arm cloud instances. Multipass has also added support for Docker workflows – unifying the developer experience for cloud and cloud-native applications. In the shared development environments, there is multi-user LXD which provide per-user project segregation and it create a permission restrictions for specific user, that make multiple people can safely share the same LXD cluster environments.

Available an platform for heavy data-intensive workloads

Canonical provide a platform for data-intensive workloads with SQL Server which available on Ubuntu LTS in Azure cloud compute environments. It claimed to offers exceptional scalability and performance for SQL server, while also maintenance the business-critical SQL Server workloads and give an access to comprehensive open-source security on Microsoft Azure. Both Canocila and Microsoft is provide support for SQL Server on the Ubuntu machine with 24/7 online support for the entire solution.

In other hand, the Nvidia Virtual GPU (vGPU) software drivers is also generally available on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish). It make the Data Scrientists can natively installing the Nvidia vGPU software 14.04, while also gain benefit from the highly performance GPU resource across multiple virtual machines at the same time. In the end it allows data scientists to parallelise and create isolated environment for advanced AI/ML workloads, to ensure the enderlying hardware resource are used more efficiently by the machine or its users.

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Most of the developers, and enterprises utilize on Nvidia-accelerated computing to meet the demands in the AI/ML, HPC and data science heavy workloads. So, Ubuntu give their support to the NVidia DGX system and NVidia-certified system which running the NVdia AI Enterprise software suite. Manuvir Das, Vice President of Enterprise Computing at NVIDIA says, “Enterprises, data scientists and developers building AI solutions require integrated systems and software that easily support MLOps workflows. Organisations can now run NVIDIA AI on Ubuntu to help solve some of humanity’s biggest challenges with new products and systems that simplify operations, boost safety and improve communication.”

If you’re interested, there are available enterprise-grade security maintenance, update, bug fixes, software patches, and 24/7 online supports by Canonical Ltd for a rage of open-source SQL and No-SQL database servers which include MySQL, PostgreSQL, and Redis. In addition, Canonical with Charmed Apache Kafka also provide a comprehensive, highly-automated and fully supported solution for data processing at any scale. It Charmed solutions which automate the deployment and operation of complex or software-intensive systems. Cloud-native solutions like Kubernetes for some engineers can give benefit from the new Docker container images for popular open-source data processing solutions.

Ubuntu LTS Docker Images

If you’re currently using Docker Engine on your machine there is also Ubuntu 22.04 LTS base image which available to download and use it freely without any charge via Docker Hub. It secured Canonical-maintained portofolio with stable Ubuntu LTS application container images. Ubuntu with its existing LTS Docker images will get a new long-term support with Ubuntu 22.-04-based tracks that include database servers like MySQL and PostgreSQL, as well as NGINX web server.

With that achievements, the open-source applications portofolio right now can expanding futher more which focused on Big Data and Observability with a new Apache Kafka, Grafana Loki, as well as Apache Cassandra container images. Webb Stevens, SVP of Secure Software Supply chain at Docker says, “Ubuntu plays an essential role on Docker Hub, as one of the most popular Docker Official Images. Beyond the base image, Canonical also publishes a well-maintained portfolio of secure and stable OCI-compliant images as a member of the Docker Verified Publisher program. As a Docker Verified Publisher, Canonical delivers friction-free access to trusted content to developers through Docker Hub without rate limits.”

Real-Time Kernel for Telco-based and Industrial Applications

On the Ubuntu 22.04 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish) is equipped with a real-time kernel which currently still be available in beta phase. It actually designed to meet the demand on the telco network transformation for 5G. The real-time kernel is claimed to delivers performance, guaranteed ultra-low latency, and extra layer security for critical infrastructure. Moroever, the new real-time kernel also provide latency-sensitive use cases in industrial and robotics automation.

Dan Lynch, Marketing Director at Intel says, “Ubuntu 22.04 LTS’s real-time kernel unlocks low-latency use cases for real-time applications like Cloud RAN. Together with Canonical, we have validated Intel’s FlexRAN SDK to enable OpenRAN implementations requiring pre-emptive real-time kernel capabilities to meet 5G latency requirements.”

Meanwhile, Ubuntu real-time kernel can enable extreme latency-dependent use cases and it delivers deterministic response time to services events, thanks to the PREEMPT_RT patchset that integrated with x86 and Arm64 architectures. According to Technical Lead at IS-Wireless, which develops and delivers mobile networks in the OpenRAN model, Radoslaw Adamczyk says, “The real-time kernel in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS leverages the acceleration from Intel hardware, allowing us to compete on even terms with the biggest network equipment providers. Now we have one platform for the whole stack, from bare metal with MAAS to Ubuntu OS, LXD VM and Microk8s on the edge – tested, validated, verified and secure.“

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Improvement in Enterprise Compliances

Right now Canonical with Ubuntu more easily on straightforward to adapt with various standard industry compliances like FedRAMP, HIPAA, and PCI-DSS. On the other side, CVE and related vulnerability information for the Canonical Ubuntu LTS releases are currently published and available as an OVAL Stream. It’s integrated to the industry-standard scanning and audit tools in order to support the security management operation systems.

“Tenable and Canonical collaborate behind the scenes to make security vulnerability alerts in Tenable’s suite of Vulnerability Management products timely, accurate and actionable throughout the whole 10-year lifecycle of Ubuntu LTS. Together, we give our joint customers a secure, stable and trustworthy open-source platform”, said Robert Huber, Chief Security Officer at Tenable. “

While the Security Engineer at LaunchDarkly, Patrick Kaeding says, “FIPS 140-2 certified Ubuntu images on AWS fulfil our FedRAMP compliance requirements. With enterprise-grade Ubuntu LTS support backed by the 10-year maintenance commitment from Canonical, LaunchDarkly provides critical development infrastructure for some of the world’s most recognized brands.”

There is also available Active Directory Based-System which is fully supported in the Ubuntu installer with Advanced Group Policy Object. It enable more refined user permissions to execute script control within Active Directory.

Just like what the Igor Bergman, Vice President, SW/Cloud for PC & Smart Device at Lenovo that says, “Ubuntu 22.04 LTS enables our customers to manage their Ubuntu devices with the same tools as their Windows devices, adds support for Thunderbolt 4, 5G modems and Wi-Fi 6E, and introduces new features like power slider and ePrivacy screen. Lenovo is excited to continue to work together with Canonical to enable upcoming ThinkPad, ThinkCentre and ThinkStation platforms on the Ubuntu 22.04 LTS release.”

Ubuntu 22.04 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish) is a Timely, Performant and Customisable

Beside it’s a free and open-source software (FOSS), Ubuntu 22.04 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish) include a Rust for memory-safe systems-level programming, which currently using the the OpenSSL v3 with a new cryptographic algorithms for elevated security. Well, in Desktop Environment, Ubuntu 22.04 LTS achieve some significant usability, performance enchacements, battery usage that available with GNOME 42. It featuring GNOME power profiles, where it’s streamline the workspace transitions alongside the significant optimations to double the desktop frame rate both on the Intel-based devices or Raspberry Pi graphics drivers.

For thoose who are fashion-modes, there are ten various accent colors in the Ubuntu 22.04 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish) which can be applied either it on the dark or light variants of its Ubuntu Yaru theme, plus all available many selection of community up-to-date wallpapers. Right now, Ubuntu 22.04 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish) is available to download freely and you can use it without spent your money on any side of Ubuntu software which you will use and install it later, both on the Ubuntu download page or on major public clouds and bare-metal provider like Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Digital Ocean, Vultr or Linode.

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