Download Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Beta 1 now and start doing the first system tests coming out in April
We are approaching the time of release of the newest long-running version Ubuntu. The 18.04 LTS, codename "Bionic beaver"It should be out in mid-April and now you already have an ISO with a preview of what to come to test.
Dustin Krysak announced (as of the 9th) via the Ubuntu mailing list the availability of the first official Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Beta and its flavorslike Xubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, etc.
You can download the first betas directly from the website of daily builds From Ubuntu, there is currently only a 64-bit version available, and this will probably remain the main version.
Who likes other system variants, with other interfaces, can download the flavors who joined Beta 1, since not everyone participates in the process the same way, you can download the ISOs by clicking on the links below and being sure to check out the release notes for the news of each "flavor":
Ubuntu Budgie 18.04 Beta 1;
Ubuntu itself has already entered its freezing phase and should no longer receive new features, this is the bug fix phase. Krysak comments that these Ubuntu pre-releases should not be used by people who need a completely stable system, they are recommended for all developers and users who want to help report system bugs so that we have even more LTS. It is stable for when the release date arrives. People who need Ubuntu for work should still stay on the previous LTS (Ubuntu 16.04 LTS).
Taking some common doubts
Some people who have been testing these betas have asked me "where are you" the promised new Ubuntu theme. So … really it is not as standard yet and honestly I am already beginning to doubt if it really will be the default in the final version, however you can install it without problems through the tutorial of this blog article.
If you tested any daily build Previous, just go updating and you get the packages present in this beta, however, do not expect big news, we had basically the update of the system packages that were already present.
The new version of GNOME Software has some new details, such as some filters and gives preference to Snap packages (at least from Ubuntu). In the control panel, in the online accounts session, we also now have the option to login to Ubuntu One for installing Snap packages that require authentication.
We have some other details that have changed but that have already been covered in other areas of the blog, such as the new minimal installation method it's the hardware survey which may be enabled / disabled at system installation to tell developers what hardware the system is running on.
For folks using Nvidia cards, the latest driver available from the current repository is 390.x, with support for the native NVENC codec.
Are you already testing the new version of Ubuntu? What did you think of the news? How is your experience? Share your opinion through the comments! 🙂
See you next time!
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