With Ubuntu 18.04 stable build release just around couple of weeks away, Canonical has today released the final beta version. If you have been following us, you might be knowing the complete development story of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. GNOME 3.28 desktop experience is probably among the biggest new features in this version. There is also the color emoji support, and Linux Kernel 4.15.
Bionic Beaver will have a new minimal and normal installation options, which I believe is a new trend setter for other Linux distros. You will also see Xorg display server back as default in place of Wayland. Wayland is still there as an option.
GNOME 3.28 has plenty of exciting features, and that alone is a solid reason why you must upgrade to Ubuntu 18.04. Calendar app is enhanced with “To-Do” list capability. In Clocks, it’s now possible to add the UTC timezone to your world times.
From Apps point of view, Bionic Beaver will ship with LibreOffice 6.0, which now includes a new ePUB export filter that lets you save your documents as e-books. New table styles are added. Find toolbar now has a drop-down list of search types to speed up navigation. You also get ten new templates. Citing the increasing use of wide screen monitors, default aspect ratio is now changed to 16:9. Complete list of new default apps is as follows:
|Category||Most Voted Application|
|Web Browser||Mozilla FireFox|
Finally, you get the Linux Kernel 4.15 which has been fully patched against the Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities.
Bionic Beaver Beta can be downloaded today for testing. Note that this build is not supposed to be used on production machines. For that I suggest you to wait until the stable build release planned on April 26th.
Ubuntu 18.04 development schedule
|Toolchain Uploaded||October 26th, 2017|
|Feature Definition Freeze||November 30th, 2017|
|Alpha 1 Build Release||January 11th, 2018|
|Alpha 2 Build Release||February 1st, 2018|
|Feature Freeze||March 1st, 2018|
|Beta 1 Build Release||March 8th, 2018|
|User Interface Freeze||March 22th, 2018|
|Documentation String Freeze||March 29th, 2018|
|Final Beta Build Release||April 5th, 2018|
|Linux Kernel Version Freeze||April 12th, 2018|
|Final Release Candidate||April 19th, 2018|
|Ubuntu 18.04 Release||April 26th, 2018|