tl;dr - A bug found in the 22.04.1 candidates will delay its release until 11 August so that we can fix the bug and retest the update. This bug does not exist in the current 22.04 image, and current users or installers of 22.04 are unaffected.
During testing of our 22.04.1 release candidates, we were made aware of an unexpected issue regarding the OEM Installation feature of our Ubuntu Desktop installer images.
This bug causes preinstalled snaps not to work on the final target system after the “OEM install” option is selected during installation (i.e. after the end-user setup is performed) (LP: #1983528). This behavior would seriously impact the experience of any users whose login was created after an OEM install.
In order not to compromise the quality of the installation media, we have decided to delay the release of 22.04.1 by a week, releasing on August 11, 2022.
The issue has been identified and a fix is in review, so we are confident it will be resolved shortly. However, moving release to the 11th will give us time to address the bug and test the fix, and will allow users to plan for the update with a definitive date.
As a regular user of 22.04, am I affected?
This issue only affects new installations using the OEM Install mode of Ubiquity and using the release candidate images for 22.04.1. Existing users and users installing with the currently available 22.04 images are not affected in any way.
Why delaying and not hotfixing?
We identified this issue late in testing. The current identified fix is in a core Ubuntu component (snapd), so we would like to perform a full test cycle on the package and the new images before we ship them to our users. We do not want to risk introducing any new issues while pushing out a hotfix to a core component, so we believe the best approach is to delay the update.
On behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team,
Łukasz ‘sil2100’ Zemczak