What's New in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver

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As everyone will already know yesterday the stable version of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver was officially released along with all of its other flavors such as Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, and so on.

Just a few hours ago the download links were enabled the system, since due to a last-minute error the launch of this new version was compromised and therefore its launch was delayed.

Well, it was only a period of no more than 5 hours that it took them to correct this small error. The Canonical development team has had several setbacks that have arisen so far this year in the development of this new version.

But after all, we finally have it available to download this version of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and start enjoying this great system.

What's new in Ubuntu 18.04

As everyone will know, the LTS versions have more support than normal releases, so this release is a long-term support for the LTS edition the Deskop, Server and Core versions will receive support for five years while the Ubuntu Studio version for only nine months.

Minimal Ubuntu 18.04 LTS installation

After a long time Canonical has changed the system installer, we will be able to notice this change during the installation process because at the beginning, They will be asked if they want a normal or minimal installation.

Where the minimal installation does not include email, graphics or office client packages it only includes the traditional user programs and Firefox available.

About the system

This version of Ubuntu 18.04 brings Kernel 4.15 which has been rewritten with some patches to optimize the operation of the system, as well as to solve security problems.

In the previous version of Ubuntu the guys at Canonical made the decision to set the Wayland server as the default, which cost them a lot of criticism and compatibility problems with various programs.

En this new edition they made a decision again and returned to take the Xorg server as main for the system. And the truth is that it was a very good one, it is not to disparage Wayland, the graphic server is good, but it still lacks many things to be able to be used in a too demanding market.

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Furthermore, we continue with the Gnome desktop environment, since from its previous version it was decided to abandon the Unity project and choose to restart Gnome. In this version 18.04 comes with Gnome 3.28 along with support for Thunderbolt 3 connectionsplus the new GNOME To Do app.

As for the other Gnome tools, we can highlight that the GNOME Calendar already has support for weather predictions, the GNOME Boxes now offers better performance for Spice clients, since it already includes the spice-vdagent for

As well we have LibreOffice 6.0 as the default office suite on the system and OpenJDK 10 is the JRE / JDK, they are also part of the standard collection.

The decision was finally made to include a data collection function, this in order to generate statistics and the guys from Canonical can more efficiently map the preferences of the users of the system, this function will ask you for the authorization of whether it can enter into function or not.

These are the data that it will collect if you give your authorization:

  • Ubuntu version and flavor you are installing
  • If you have network connectivity at the time of installation
  • Hardware statistics like CPU, RAM, GPU, etc.
  • Device manufacturer
  • Your country
  • Time required to complete the installation
  • Whether you choose automatic login, installation of third-party codecs, download of updates during installation
  • Disc layout
  • The Ubuntu Popcon service will track the popularity of applications and packages
  • Bug reports
  • The result of the data thus collected will be available to the public for analytical purposes.

Download

In order to download Ubuntu 18.04 LTS or any of its flavors, you should only go to the official web pages of the projects and you will find the links already available for download


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