Ubuntu 18.04 LTS new features: Bionic Beaver and new theme
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will be the first release of year 2018 of the popular Ubuntu distribution, this article will collect information regarding this new release.
Codename and version
After Artful Aardvark, this time Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will be called “Bionic Beaver“.
The beaver is a large, primarily nocturnal, semi aquatic rodent. Beavers are known for building dams, canals, and lodges (homes). They are the second-largest rodent in the world (after the capybara). Their colonies create one or more dams to provide still, deep water to protect against predators, and to float food and building material.
For those unfamiliar with Ubuntu’s naming, every Ubuntu release uses two codes:
- Codename: both names start with a letter, the first name is usually an adjective and the second one is an animal. The letters are chosen in order, if a release starts with A the next release will use letter B.
- Version: the version is a combination of the year and the month of the release. E.g. Ubuntu 18.04 (2018 April, April = 04, hence 18.04). Ubuntu is usually released on April and October. The last two numbers usually being .04 and .10.
- LTS: once every two years a Long Term Support version is released. Normal releases are supported for 9 months, LTS releases are supported for 5 years. An LTS release is usually more stable and will receive enough security updates to be in production for several years.
How do I install Ubuntu 18.04 LTS?
When it will be released, you will shortly find a step-by-step tutorial here.
When will it be released?
Ubuntu 18.04 is currently scheduled to be released on the 26th April 2018.
Here, you can find the current schedule:
- 30th November: Feature Definition Freeze
- 4th January: Alpha 1 release
- 1st February: Alpha 2 release
- 1st March: Feature Freeze
- 8th March: Beta 1 release
- 5th April: Final beta release
- 19th April: Final Freeze
- 26th April: Ubuntu 18.04 LTS release
Unity is dead: All hail GNOME
In April 2017 Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical CEO, dropped a bombshell over Unity: the long awaited desktop environment. Unity has been the default desktop environment for the flagship edition of Ubuntu for almost 7 years. Now both Unity 7, and the never-born Unity 8 are dead, but still there is hope, without Canonical in it though.
Originally planned for this release, Ubuntu has already switched to GNOME in Artful Aardvark.
A new theme? Goodbye Ambiance
Although I still have no certain source, there is a rumor: Ubuntu developers may open a “theme contest” to discover a new GTK Theme for Ubuntu. The current theme, Ambiance, is pretty old and in the opinion of many it is showing all the weaknesses an old theme has.
Should Ubuntu really open a contest to replace Ambiance? If so, do you have a favorite GTK theme? What theme would you like to see on Ubuntu 18.04? If you have one be sure to let me know in the comments below or on Twitter!