Brief: This is a continually updated article to inform you about Ubuntu 18.10 release date, new features and everything important associated with it.
It’s been hardly a week since Ubuntu 18.04 LTS release and the development for the next release has already started. The upcoming Ubuntu 18.10 has been codenamed Cosmic Cuttlefish.
Ubuntu 18.10 Codenamed Cosmic Cuttlefish
Since Ubuntu codenames are in incremental alphabetical order, we now have Cosmic Cuttlefish after Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver. If you know the trivia behind Ubuntu codenames, you already know that codenames are composed of an adjective and an animal, both starting with the same letter.
Ubuntu 18.10 Release Date
October releases of Ubuntu follow a 25-week release cycle. This way, Ubuntu 18.10 will be released on 18th October 2018.
Ubuntu 18.10 release schedule will be different from previous releases. Unlike the previous releases, there will be no alpha or beta milestones. This will be replaced by ‘testing weeks’.
18.10 a short-term release and will be supported for nine months from its release i.e. July’19.
New Features in Ubuntu 18.10
Since the development of Ubuntu 18.10 has just started, there are not many details on the new features in the upcoming release. At this stage, I can only make a few guesses about Ubuntu 18.10 features.
In any case, Ubuntu 18.10 won’t have a huge number of new features.
1. GNOME 3.30
GNOME 3.30 will be released in September’18. This makes it an ideal candidate for Ubuntu 18.10 release. Most of the visual and under the hood changes in GNOME 3.30 will be seen in Ubuntu 18.10 as well.
2. New default theme
Ubuntu 18.04 was supposed to have a new look with the community developed Communitheme. This theme could not be completed in time for the 18.04 release. Now Canonical has confirmed that Ubuntu 18.10 will have the Communitheme installed by default, giving it a ravishing fresh look.
3. Better battery life for laptops (possibility)
Taking cue from Fedora 28, Canonical (Ubuntu’s parent company) is also working to improve battery life for laptops. Linux kernel has options to switch HDD controllers, USB controllers and other such devices to a low power state when not in use. This lowers the overall power consumption and thus improves the battery life.
However, doing this automatically causes problem and this is why Ubuntu didn’t have this behavior enabled in the past. Ubuntu development team is further exploring these options to see what could be done to improve battery life without impacting the stability of the system.
4. Support for fingerprint scanner
Ubuntu 18.10 will have support for fingerprint scanner. This means if your computer has a fingerprint scanner, you would be able to unlock your Ubuntu system with fingerprint.
5. Startup time boost and XDG Portals support for Snap applications
Continuing its focus on Snap packages, Canonical is bringing some useful improvements to it. Snap applications will take less time to start. With XDG portal, you should be able to install Snap in a few clicks from the Snapcraft Store website.
6. Android integration
7. Linux Kernel 5.0
This is another prediction. Linux Kernel 5.0 will be released in a few months. Ubuntu 18.10 should have the new Kernel 5.0.
8. 32-Bit support diminishing from flavors
The default Ubuntu GNOME has stopped providing 32-bit ISO since Ubuntu 17.10 release. Some other Ubuntu flavors like Ubuntu MATE, Kubuntu etc still provide 32-bit iso download.
But it seems to be changing now. Ubuntu MATE has announced that there will be no 32-bit image for Ubuntu MATE 18.10. Ubuntu Budgie and Kubuntu have also announced that they are dropping 32-bit release.
Existing 32-bit users will still get support till 2023.
9. Faster boot with new compression algorithms
10. Miscellaneous other changes in Ubuntu 18.10
Some other changes in the upcoming Ubuntu 18.10 are as follows:
- UI and UX improvements to GNOME Software (possibility)
- DLNA support for connecting Ubuntu with DLNA supported Smart TVs, tablets and other devices
- A new and improved installer (less likely to be completed before 18.10 release)
Download Ubuntu 18.10 Daily Builds (for experimental purposes)
Before you go on downloading Ubuntu 18.10, I must warn you that it is in early stages of development and thus it is highly unstable. You’ll see plenty of bugs and crashes.
Don’t use it on your main computer. At best, use it inside a virtual machine or on a spare system if you really need to test it on real hardware.
I’ll keep on updating this article from time to time with news about Ubuntu 18.10. If you come to know about something new that is not on the list here, please notify me and I’ll update it.
What features are you looking forward to in Ubuntu 18.10?