Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) got released today after about 6 months of development. This new version will be supported for 9 months from now which turns out to be July 2019. Therefore, if you need Long Term Support, it is recommended you stay on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS instead.
As usual, the official flavors including Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio, and Xubuntu are also available for download which uses Ubuntu 18.10 as the base. Let’s talk about what’s new in the Cosmic Cuttlefish and see if the new features are needed for you to take a plunge on the new short lifespan version.
New features in Ubuntu 18.10
- Brand-new Yaru theme included
- Linux Kernel 4.18 for increased hardware support, security, and performance improvement
- OpenSSL 1.1.1 includes support for the recently approved TLSv1.3 standard
- GNOME desktop 3.30 which now supports VeraCrypt
- Improved Cache management: More GPU RAM cached to reduce load and increase FPS count
- Fingerprint support added which allow unlocking with fingerprints
- Comes preinstalled with LibreOffice 6.1.2
- Comes with refreshed state of the art toolchain including new upstream releases of glibc 2.28
- GS Connect comes packaged and can be easily activated
- Performance improvements including smoother desktop zoom and window previews
How to upgrade to Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish)
Step 1) Click “Activities” and then “Software & Updates”.
Step 2) Click on “Updates” tab.
Step 3) Set “Notify me of a new Ubuntu version” to “For any new version”.
Step 4) Press Alt+F2 and type in “update-manager -c” (without the quotes) into the command box. Alternatively, you can launch “Update Manager” from “Activities” too.
Step 5) Update Manager will notify that New distribution release ‘18.10’ is available.
Step 6) Click Upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions.
Getting Ubuntu 18.10
Not upgrading but want an ISO for making a Live USB drive. No problem, grab the build from below download link: