Brief: This is a continually updated article to inform you about Ubuntu 18.04 release date, features and everything important associated with it.
Ubuntu’s founder Mark Shuttleworth has just revealed the codename of Ubuntu 18.04. It’s called Bionic Beaver.
This is not surprising considering the logic behind the codename and versioning of Ubuntu releases. All Ubuntu releases are codenamed with two words, both starting with the same letter. The first word of the codename is an adjective and the second word is usually an endangered species and sometimes mythical characters. The release codenames are in incremental order as well.
Since Ubuntu 17.10. is named Artful Aardvark, it was obvious that Ubuntu 18.04 release name will start with the letter B. Now let’s dig into the codename of Ubuntu 18.04.
If you are into science fiction, you should already know the meaning of bionic. Bionic refers to having an artificial, electromechanical body part.
Beaver is a large nocturnal rodent. It is known for building dams, canals, and homes. The English verb “to beaver” meaning to work hard and constantly actually comes from the industrious nature of a beaver.
In fact, Shuttleworth dedicated this hardworking attribute of beaver to the Ubuntu team:
“It’s builders that we celebrate – the people that build our upstream applications and packages, the people who build Ubuntu, and the people who build on Ubuntu. In honour of that tireless toil, our mascot this cycle is a mammal known for it’s energetic attitude, industrious nature and engineering prowess. We give it a neatly nerdy 21st century twist in honour of the relentless robots running Ubuntu Core. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you 18.04 LTS, the Bionic Beaver.”
Ubuntu 18.04 release date
The release date for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS is out as well. Here it goes:
- 30th November: Feature Definition Freeze
- 4th January: Alpha 1 release
- 1st February: Alpha 2 release
- 1st March: Feature Freeze
- 8th March: First beta release
- 5th April: Final beta release
- 19th April: Final Freeze
- 26th April: Stable Ubuntu 18.04 LTS release
So now that you are aware of Ubuntu 18.04 release date, let’s see the new features of Ubuntu 18.04 as they are developed.
New features in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
Ubuntu 18.04 development has begun. Let’s see how things are rolling there.
1. Native support for color emojis
Ubuntu 18.04 will provide native support for color emojis by default. Until now, only monochrome emojis are supported out of the box on Ubuntu. You can do some tweaking and get color emojis even today but a default support will always be better.
2. Brand new default theme developed by community
There has been no significant change in the default Ambiance theme of Ubuntu for years. It looks more or less the same in last several Ubuntu releases.
But this is changing with Ubuntu 18.04. Canonical has initiated a collaborative project to develop the default Ubuntu 18.04 theme with contribution from the community.
If you are interested in helping Ubuntu in developing its new theme, then do check out the details.
3. Suru is the new icon theme for Ubuntu 18.04
Not only the GTK theme, Ubuntu 18.04 will also have a new icon theme. Suru is going to be the new default icon theme. It’s an already existing icon theme developed by the same developer who gave us icon themes like Moka and Paper.
Download Ubuntu 18.04
Ubuntu 18.04 daily builds are available to download now. It means that you can download and install it.
But before you do that, let me tell you that it is in very unstable phase and you’ll encounter a number of issues. So don’t use it on your production system or on your regular computer. If you want to try it out or test to help Ubuntu team, you can get the images from the link below:
I’ll keep on updating on all the major happenings around 18.04. If you have something to add to this list, feel free to inform me in the comment section.