Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver — Release Date And 9 Biggest Features

the release of Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark,
Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth announced that Ubuntu 18.04,
which would be an LTS release, is going to be called “Bionic Beaver.” While Beaver
refers to a large, amphibious rodent with smooth fur and sharp
teeth, Bionic is an ode to the robotics and artificial body

We also conducted a little poll on Fossbytes regarding the
name. About 80% visitors loved the codename. Others suggested
names like Ballsy Baboon, Busy Bee, Bumble Bee, etc. This also
brings us to the next step, i.e., exploring what could be the
expected features of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. In case you’re running
an LTS release and planning to make perform the upgrade to
18.04, things are surely going to be pretty exciting for you.

But, before digging into the features aspect, let’s tell you
about the Ubuntu 18.04 release date.

Ubuntu 18.04 Release Schedule:

Canonical has made the Bionic Beaver release schedule public and
expected release date isn’t surprising. The first Alpha for
opt-in flavors is expected to ship on January 4th, 2018. The
final stable release will be available on April 26th, 2018.
Currently, you can grab the daily builds for your testing

  • Alpha 1 Release: 4th January
  • Alpha 2 Release: 1st February
  • Feature Freeze, Debian Import Freeze: 1st March
  • Beta 1 Release: 8th March
  • Final Beta Release: 5th April
  • Final Freeze, Release Candidate: 19th April
  • Final Ubuntu 18.04 release: 26th

Ubuntu desktop development process is known to follow a strict
timeline, so the above dates should turn out to be pretty
accurate. Due to some minor hiccups in the development process,
a few changes could also be made by Canonical. Still, this
gives a pretty solid idea regarding when you should be planning
the next Ubuntu release party.

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Features

1. GNOME 3.28 desktop

In case you haven’t tried Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark, 18.04
LTS is going to be a whole new experience for you. With 17.10,
Canonical has already made a shift to GNOME desktop as default
with some tweaks. So, for existing LTS users, things are going
to be pretty new.

About the GNOME version, we can expect GNOME 3.28 to ship with

2. Kernel 4.15

“Every 6 months the Ubuntu Kernel Team is tasked to pick the
kernel to be used in the next release. We look at the Ubuntu
release schedule and how that will line up with the upstream
kernel releases,” the Ubuntu Kernel Team wrote in a recent
post. The team expects that Linux kernel 4.15 will power Ubuntu

3. New desktop and icon theme

Even though Ubuntu 17.10 has undergone an overhauling with
GNOME desktop, its look still resembles a lot like earlier
versions of Ubuntu. Based on the general feedback from

4. Xorg by default

Due in April 2018, the next LTS release will ship with both
traditional Xorg graphics and new Wayland-based stack. However,
Xorg will be the default. The Ubuntu development team has
listed different reasons for this choice, including a better
performance of software like Hangouts, Skype, and WebRTC
services, in Xorg. It also recovers better from Shell crashes.
For Ubuntu 18.10, the team will again re-evaluate Wayland as
the default.

5. Minimal installation option

Along with the upcoming Ubuntu 18.04 LTS release, the users
will be able to perform a lean installation of Ubuntu.
This option will strip away lots of software packages and
you’ll get a system will a desktop environment, web browser,
core system tools, and no much more. This option will appear in
Ubuntu installer. Please note that it isn’t a replacement for
pre-existing Ubuntu Minimal ISO.

6. Ubuntu will collect some data

As per a recent announcement made on Ubuntu mailing list,
Canonical will start collecting some user data related to system
configuration and installed packages on the machine. Starting
from Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, this opt-out option will be provided in
the installer. Read about this expected feature in detail here.

7. New installer for Ubuntu Server

With Ubuntu 18.04, Canonical will finally refresh the Ubuntu
Server’s command line installer. The new installer
named Subiquity will be the default one in upcoming LTS
release. This change will give it a new look to server
installation process, which had been Debian’s text-based
installer till now.

8. Support for color emojis

Yes, colorful emojis are finally coming to Ubuntu desktop. This
new feature will let you display color emoji in different apps.
Even though many die-hard Linux fans will deny that it’s a
development worth much attention, emojis are important of
today’s messaging and communication. So, being able to see
emojis in their colorful attire is pleasing.

9. Faster boot time

Canonical is also working to speed up the boot-time of Ubuntu
by using systemd’s features. This is an exciting change and
it’ll be interesting to see what the desktop team manages to
achieve in this area.

Note: This is a continuously updated article.
We’ll be updating it to add new features that are going to be a
part of final Ubuntu 18.04 LTS release. Keep

Also Read: 10 Best Linux Desktop
Environments And Their Comparison


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