One day late, the Ubuntu team announced that the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS beta It is available now, although only for official distributions.
Ubuntu 18.04 has had one of the worst development cycles, especially with the appearance of Meltdown and Specter, but also for other reasons, such as a poorly planned release date.
The official Ubuntu distributions were supposed to have two alpha releases, the first 10 days before Christmas and the second on February 1, which is why we are looking at the beta right now.
Ubuntu never participates in its first beta, but the developers of other official distributions have already been testing the beta image this week and already have their own images ready. Among these distributions we can mention Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie and Ubuntu MATE.
Unfortunately, Lubuntu and Ubuntu Studio They have been left out of this beta, but we will probably see them next month, April 5, when the Ubuntu launch team announced the final beta, where Ubuntu will participate.
Ubuntu 18.04 and official distributions powered by Linux Kernel 4.15
Among some characteristics of the official distributions we find that Kubuntu 18.04 LTS Beta comes with KDE Plasma 5.12 by default along with KDE applications, VLC as its media player and other updated components.
Ubuntu Budgie 18.04 LTS Beta has several updates and new features; Chinese and Korean language support, better shortcuts, and a new GTK + theme.
For its part, Xubuntu 18.04 LTS Beta has a configurator for GTK themes, plugins like Xfce PulseAudio or Status Notifier, integrated document viewer, MATE calculator and a new wallpaper.
If you want to know all the news of the different official distributions, we invite you to see each of the launch publications.
All official distributions with Ubuntu are powered by Linux Kernel 4.15 and are available right now for download from each of its official pages.