Canonical's Steve Langasek announced last Friday that the next Ubuntu 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish has officially entered the "Feature Freeze" phase The past 23 of August.
The phase called Feature Freeze (feature lock) is very important for the development of a Linux distribution, when it arrives it means that the features of the next version have already been chosen and no more will be added, this way developers can concentrate their efforts on fixing critical bugs and other issues that could block the final release.
At this point No more major features will be added or packages will be updated, except those that fix bugs. However, there are currently 870 packages stopped in the repository, so developers should fix their problems and release the packages before the beta is released.
Ubuntu 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish beta will arrive on September 27
With the advent of the Feature Freeze phase, the next milestone on the Ubuntu 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish release schedule is the release of the beta version that has an agreed date of September 27, 2018 and it will be available on Ubuntu and official distributions.
Ubuntu 18.10 is Canonical's first release to have a simpler development cycle, consisting of several weeks called “Test Weeks” and a single beta released before the final release that hits the streets on October 18.
Linux Kernel 4.17 will come to Ubuntu with the release of this version, as well as the new GNOME 3.30 environment, Android integration, a new theme and icon pack, and a new login screen, between many other things.
Ubuntu 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish promises better autonomy management for laptops thanks to some kernel fixes that will turn off the USB controls and extra drives when not in use.