And there it is, 22.04 Long-Term Support "Jammy Jellyfish" is officially out!

Note that upgrade notifications will be staggered; users of 21.10 should see the upgrade available some time soon™ while users of the previous Long-Term Support release, 20.04, will see the upgrade appear sometimes around the release of 22.04.1 (currently scheduled for the end of July).

Psst, anyone want to test Jammy Daily and help catch any bugs before the release is official?

@tindall No ETA quite as of yet other than "sometime next month", but for those feeling like living a bit on the edge, development images are already available:

Kubuntu 20.04.4 is out now, notably updating the Hardware Enablement Stack. If everything is working fine for your existing 20.04 LTS installs, nothing to worry about, but if you have newer hardware that hasn't quite been supported by the LTS release, now might be the time for you!

(And of course the next LTS, 22.04, is just around the corner in April, for those who like sticking to Long-Term Support releases but are starting to itch for things shiny and new :))

What's that I see in the Backports PPA? Is that 5.24? Why, it is!

Users on Kubuntu 21.10 "Impish Indri" can add `ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports` and get the latest and greatest Plasma release today.

Read more about Plasma 5.24.0 over at the official release announcement: but here's one fun highlight that's also a bit of a blast from the past: the Cover Flip animation is an option for task-switching again! 🎉

@ashshuota Forgot to reply, thank you for pointing that out! Passed it along to the right folks and it got fixed :)

For those who want the latest and greatest, Plasma 5.23.1 and KDE Gear (formerly Applications) 21.08.2 are loitering around in the Backports PPA:

Kubuntu boosted

🎉 Happy anniversary KDE! For this occasion, I painted this artwork (using #krita on #kubuntu, of course).
→ The party continues on

Been waiting for the beta of latte-dock v0.10? Well wait no longer, and help the wonderful developers by testing it and reporting bugs!

The beta can now be found in the 21.10 development version repos, and in our Beta PPA for 21.04 (ppa:kubuntu-ppa/beta). And if you're leery of jumping onto a version still in development, just take heart that this means the next stable release of Latte-Dock is just around the corner now :)

@kanazir At the risk of suggesting a different distro, it's worth mentioning that actually the "latest KDE / Plasma, atop a *buntu LTS" approach is, in fact, what KDE Neon does. So that also exists for folks that want stable Ubuntu LTS guts but cutting-edge KDE goodness atop :)

@kanazir Honestly, a lot of it is just time; Kubuntu (and many other distros and flavors) rely on volunteer work, and packaging and testing is definitely a non-zero amount of effort. As well, the latest versions of stuff like Plasma also often depend on newer library versions than LTS releases contain. And finally, there's that the main draw of an LTS is stability anyways! So putting our limited resources towards packaging the latest Plasma for the latest release seems reasonable.

5.22 Beta is available for testers (or just general daredevils) on Kubuntu 21.04 "Hirsute Hippo" and the 21.10 "Impish Indri" development builds.

Rolling out as we speak: 21.04, codenamed Hirsute Hippo! Based on but featuring Plasma 5.21 as the default desktop alongside many other updates at all levels of the wonderful stack that makes up our cool blue flavor.



Enjoy: 😀

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