The latest Point Release of Ubuntu's LTS version comes with a number of new features and system improvements.
Canonical has released a Point Release of the LTS version of Ubuntu 18.04, now coming in version 18.04.3 LTS and featuring some very interesting news.
These Ubuntu Point Releases are new ISO images, containing bug fixes, security patches, as well as updates to the main applications present there. With this new ISO, time savings are expected compared to updates as they do not need to be downloaded and installed later.
Some important fixes were made in Gnome-Shell, Gnome Software, Mutter, MESA Driver has been updated, among other fixes you can check here.
These improvements were only possible, as this new version of Ubuntu pulls some of the hardware enablement stack (HWE) things from Ubuntu 19.04. This means that the improvements and new features contained in 19.04 are now present in 18.04 LTS, allowing the user to stay on a long time support version, merging with the latest releases in Ubuntu.
These include the new versions of Kernel, Mesa Driver and NVIDIA Driver.
Kernel went from version 4.18.0-25.26 to version 5.0.0-23.24;
Driver Table 18.2.x series for 19.0.2 series (with Vulkan support)
Nvidia drivers included: 390, 418 versions, and a newer version of the 430 series (more precisely 430.26). About Nvidia drivers, interestingly they already make the latest versions available through the repository. This shows that they are willing to make life easier for those with green GPUs from the outside, as we have shown in recent reports, which you can check out here and here.
If you installed version 18.04 LTS (April 2018), and made all the updates since then, theoretically you already have a lot of these improvements, just not having the new Kernel and the video drivers. You will need to enable HWE for this. The procedure is very simple and done by the terminal. Once the application opens, simply type or copy / paste the following command:
sudo apt-get install –install-recommends linux-hwe-18.04 xserver-xorg-hwe-18.04
If you have installed Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS and made the updates, you should normally receive these updates through the graphical mode update manager.
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