Last week we met a new stable version of Ubuntu, Ubuntu 17.10, the first version is several years in having Gnome as the main desktop. Ubuntu has not changed its way of developing software and after a few days with the launch furor, the team will return to the development of the next stable version.
As with every release, Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical CEO and Ubuntu leader, introduces the nickname for the next release. In this case, this version will be LTS, that is, Long support. Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver will be the next version of Ubuntu, as Shuttleworth has commented.
This version is very special because it will not only be the next LTS version of Ubuntu but also it will be a small tribute to all those developers, documentary makers, beta testers, translators, etc ... that have made Ubuntu what it is today: one of the most widely used and popular Gnu / Linux distributions in the world.
Bionic Beaver will be launched next April 26, according to the established calendar and will begin to develop on October 26. During the month of January we will have the first Alpha version and in March the last beta version will be released before the final version.
Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver will arrive to our teams on April 26
Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver work will be very hard and long, possibly the first version that does not go according to the established schedule since it will be a version with Gnome as a desktop and with many bugs and unsolved problems of Ubuntu 17.10.
Also possibly Ubuntu has a new official flavor by then, Ubuntu with Yunit or Unity as the main desktop. A flavor that would be intended for users who want the old Ubuntu desktop, but nothing has been confirmed or denied about this.
In any case, Ubuntu is moving forward and with it a great project that will affect not only Ubuntu users but also other distribution projects that use Ubuntu as a base distribution.