Ubuntu MATE 22.04 LTS for Raspberry Pi is out now 💥

Ubuntu MATE 22.04 for Raspberry Pi :pie: images are available for download :partying_face: These took longer to prepare than I had hoped due to a busy work schedule :sweat_smile: and some complications in getting snaps properly integrated due to underlying changes in Ubuntu.

Anyway, here's what's new since the 21.10 images:

  • Refreshed images based on Ubuntu MATE 22.04.
  • Enabled 1GiB zswap (using lz4) by default.
  • Enabled the VC4/V3D Full KMS driver by default. (See Known issues below)
  • Enabled window manager compositor by default.
  • Drop /usr/local/sbin/adduser.local helper.
  • Optimised image size.

You can get the downloads from the Ubuntu MATE download page:

Known issues

There is one unfortunate issue that was only spotted during final testing. It is easy to fix and will be eradicated in the 22.04.1 images due next month.

  • Pi 2 and Pi 3 will boot to a black screen with the 32-bit ARM (armhf) build :sob:
    • Simply change dtoverlay=vc4-kms-v3d to dtoverlay=vc4-fkms-v3d in config.txt to remedy the issue.
    • 22.04.1 is due in August 2022 and this issue will be fixed in those refreshed images. :adhesive_bandage:

Development Live Streams

I live stream development work on Ubuntu MATE and other projects Monday, Wednesday and Friday on my Wimpys World Twitch channel :satellite:

For those of you who can't join live, due to timezones, I also archive the streams on my Wimpy's World YouTube channel :tv:

I hope to see you there soon and I'll be happy to answer any questions you might have :slightly_smiling_face:

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Awesome. Great job, MATE Team :+1:

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Bought Pi400 in December 2019 with the intention of installing Ubuntu to use it as a desktop replacement. Installed the one form the official pi card set upsite and not a great experience, very slow and unresponsive. Changed to rasp Pi OS which I have used in both Buster and Bullseye. Its been fine but there are some issues at times. It should be said that the latest release is not as "snappy" as the earlier one.

When 22.04 was released tried it (again from the official pi site) but still not a good experience. Seemed laggy and personally I did not like the Gnome 42 desktop. Back to pi OS.

Last week I finally got round to replacing Win 10 on the wifes old (2012 Toshiba - Core i3 and 8gb ram) with linux. After much testing I settled on Ubuntu Mate. Seemed to work strait out of the box, low ram use and other than Firefox programmes loaded up fast. Simple to sort, changed browser, never liked Firefox.

Then on Thursday I spotted this site and noted that Mate was available for the Pi400. Downloaded and burned to 64 gb Sandisk Ultra card. What a pleasant surprise, it works as I had originally hoped it would in 2019. Compared to PiOS it takes a bit longer to boot (not an issue) and it uses a bit more memory (still plenty left) but its quick and responsive (except for Firefox - replaced again).

Looks like I have finally found what I hoped to get 2 1/2 years ago.

Long may it continue.

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Awesome man. Welcome onboard :slightly_smiling_face::+1:

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Thanks calodev.

Since my last massage been busy. Cloned the 64gb sd card onto a spare 120 gb SSD. Its speeded up the boot time nicely and once up and running even Firefox starts up quick enough, might even get to like it.

Got Thunderbird up and running as well so all good so far.

As I said above Ubuntu Mate has made my Pi400 the machine I wanted when I bought it, no idea how I missed its existence. Can only assume it was because I only looked at the options on the official Pi site.

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Hello columbia81

Firefox: I suggest you remove the Firefox snap and replace it with Firefox ESR (available from the Firefox website). You may find that you are happier with that. :slightly_smiling_face:

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Hello again

Been using Firefox snap since yesterday and in all honesty its fine. Compared to the older versions its not laggy and on the SSD it loads fast enough.

Just added an ad block and happy.

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Awesome. I don't know if you want to use Firefox only, but as a suggestion, you can take it or not, I've been using Brave Browser for the last 2 years and never looked back. Maybe install both and compare them. Anyways, glad UM is serving you well my friend :+1:

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Can i upgrade directly from 21.10 to 22.04 like on desktop pc? Or should i flash new image to ssd?

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Changed impish to jammy in sources.list, then updated and it went through.

yes, you CAN upgrade in-place. I've done it on my raspberry pi's

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