The most recent release of Ubuntu, version 22.04, often known as “Jammy Jellyfish,” makes modifications to the packaging of Mozilla Firefox in a way that some users feel reduces the browser’s overall speed.
The most recent version of Canonical’s widely used Ubuntu Linux software, version 22.04 LTS, known as “Jammy Jellyfish,” has been made available for download. The system incorporates a number of significant modifications, one of which being a contentious adjustment to the way the Mozilla Firefox browser is packaged.
Firefox Snap Controversy in Ubuntu 22.04
Mozilla Firefox was distributed as a.deb package in earlier versions of Ubuntu. This was done as part of the APT package management system, which is utilized in the Debian and Ubuntu family of distributions.
Since version 22.04, Firefox may be downloaded as a Snap package. Snap is an alternative system for managing packages that was created by Canonical, the company that developed Ubuntu. Programs can be delivered along with all of their required dependencies in a single huge package when using Snap. This is in contrast to the conventional technique, which entails only delivering the applications themselves and relying on the package managers of the distribution to include any shared libraries that are necessary for the programs to function properly.
When compared to the previous APT package, this makes it more convenient for developers to distribute software; nevertheless, some users have voiced concern that it causes complicated programs, such as Firefox, to be bigger and take longer to begin running.
According to a post posted in September 2021 on Ubuntu Discourse by Canonical engineering manager Kan VanDine, this modification was carried out at the request of Mozilla. This proposal was submitted in an effort to alleviate the pressure placed on systems that require support while also enabling Mozilla to implement improvements to Firefox more rapidly.
The move of Firefox from APT to Snap has been a collaborative effort between Mozilla and Canonical. Chromium, the open-source version of Google Chrome, was one of the packages that Canonical had already migrated from APT to Snap in the past.
Why Did Ubuntu 22.04 Add These New Features?
A lot of enhancements have been made behind the scenes of Firefox, in addition to the update that has caused some controversy.
There are newer versions of the kernel available, the most recent being version 5.17 on hardware that is supported. GNOME 42, which is included as part of Ubuntu 22.04 and serves as the default desktop environment, introduces both new default applications and an improved dark mode. In order to maintain consistency with its “Jammy Jellyfish” branding, Ubuntu has given GNOME its own customized theme, which features a cartoonish rendition of a jellyfish.
According to the release notes, interested users can download the most recent version of Ubuntu as an ISO image from the download section of the Ubuntu website. However, Canonical has advised existing users who want to upgrade their systems from 20.04 to wait for a couple of days while they sort out some last-minute bugs.
Ubuntu 22.04 is a “Long-Term Support,” or “LTS,” version, which indicates that it will continue to receive updates for a period of five years after the date of its first release. It comes two years after the last LTS version, which was published in April 2020 and is numbered 20.04.
Despite the Firefox Controversy, Ubuntu 22.04 Continues on
Ubuntu has kept its practice of regular updates; this is one of the reasons that it continues to be a favorite in the Linux world. Despite the outrage caused by the transition to Firefox, Ubuntu has retained its tradition of regular updates. In spite of its regularity, Canonical has also made available an alternative rolling-release version with more frequent updates. This version is named “Rolling Rhino,” and it imitates the cadence of other competing distributions such as Arch Linux.