7 things I want to see in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS [I Know I Won’t Get it]

7 things I want to see in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS [I Know I Won’t Get it]

With Ubuntu 22.04 LTS just around the corner, we’re all eagerly waiting to experience the Ubuntu 22.04 feature list being introduced.

Without full hands-on experience with Ubuntu 22.04, I can’t say for sure if it’s impressive. But I have some thoughts on things I want to see in Ubuntu 22.04.

It’s probably a bit too late to make edit requests, but I’d like to hope for the best!

Some highlights include:

1. Consistent theming across all apps

As anyone who has tried to install a KDE application on Ubuntu knows, theme inconsistencies are commonplace. To make matters worse, adding Libadwaita into the mix will only render more applications irrelevant.

To solve this problem, I think a combination of alternative solutions is needed.

First, a custom build of Libadwaita with Ubuntu’s default Yaru theme would make almost any application designed for Gnome and GTK consistent again. However, this still does not solve problems with Qt/KDE applications.

For these, a solution similar to Kvantum is required. Even though Kvantum is a bit “hacky”, I sincerely believe that a solution with the full support of Canonical (Ubuntu’s parent company) would be able to overcome all the challenges Kvantum is facing.

Ubuntu’s appearance is one of its defining characteristics, and maintaining that appearance in every application is key to ensuring that its visual appeal remains.

2. Using the horizontal dock introduced in GNOME 40

Although somewhat radical, Gnome 40 was a leap into the future for Gnome with several cool features. However, many of these innovative features did not make it into Ubuntu 22.10.

The most remarkable of these is the horizontal quay. For me, I found this improved my productivity significantly, as I didn’t have to move my mouse as far to reach the left side of the screen. I’m sure many Ubuntu users agree with me, but Canonical insists that left placement is best.

I’m not saying they should move the dock down – it’s a defining feature of Ubuntu after all – just give users the option to do so. Ubuntu already has a custom “Appearance” section in the settings app, so I don’t think just adding a toggle switch would be too difficult.

3. Bring back the mixed theme

After upgrading to Ubuntu 21.10, I was quite disappointed to find that the mixed theme option disappeared. Although it’s minor, I find myself missing this option and constantly trying to find ways to bring it back.

I think it’s important that users have the ability to easily customize their desktop, and bringing that option back would go a long way to improving that.

I understand they wanted to get rid of it because of conflicts in Ubuntu and GNOME default theme colors. But, I liked it as it was!

4. Revamped Software Center

With Canonical’s constant push for people to use Instant Apps (a universal packaging format compatible with all distros), it would make sense to create a new Software Center.

Although the Snap Store already exists, it’s just a fork of Gnome Software and it’s notorious for being slow and full of bugs.

With the release of Gnome 41 this has been mitigated to some degree, although it is unlikely that these improvements will be included in Ubuntu 22.04.

If a new software center was to be created or the existing one got a major overhaul, I would love that.

If Ubuntu were to release a new app store, it would likely be built using Flutter, just like their new installer. While I personally don’t like Ubuntu’s decision to start moving to Flutter, it would help ensure consistency across all of its variants.

5. Improved customization options

Some like to keep it simple, while others like the customization options to change the look.

Ubuntu 22.04 LTS doesn’t have anything crazy to introduce, just add a few more default controls that you find with GNOME Changes should do the trick.

Currently the appearance adjustments are quite limited and we could use a few more options.

6. Fewer Instant Apps

I know I know. Snap apps are everywhere and are compatible with multiple distributions. However, they are also much slower and can only be installed from the proprietary Snap Store.

Of course, you can opt for Flatpaks and pre-built binaries. But Snap’s proprietary approach is still something a lot of users don’t like.

On the other hand, the native version of Ubuntu apt package manager is faster and has more apps available. This results in a vastly improved user experience, even if it is not continuous across distros.

Unfortunately, Snap is actually developed by the same team behind Ubuntu, so its removal is pretty unlikely.

7. A unified way to uninstall apps

Ubuntu has a pretty good reputation for making things easier for the end user.

To combat Linux package fragmentation, could Ubuntu introduce a way to easily uninstall applications, be it Flatpak/Deb/Snap?

Given the variety of packages available, it’s time we had a single solution to manage all packages.

It’s unlikely to see a fix for this with Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, but I’d like to wishfully hope for the next release!

Wrap

Obviously, you can’t expect all of these things to happen with the next release. However, even though Ubuntu 22.04 LTS is making efforts in this direction, we hope to see them in a future release.

What new features would you like to see in Ubuntu 22.04? Let us know in the comments below!


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Steven L. Nielsen