Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) released

Adam Conrad adconrad at ubuntu.com
Thu Apr 26 22:59:59 UTC 2018

The Ubuntu team is very pleased to announce our seventh long-term support
release, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS for Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core.

Codenamed "Bionic Beaver", 18.04 LTS continues Ubuntu's proud tradition
of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a
high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at
work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs.

The Ubuntu kernel has been updated to the 4.15 based Linux kernel,
with additional support for Linux security module stacking, signing
of POWER host and NV kernels, and improved support for IBM and Intel
hardware enablement from Linux 4.16.

Ubuntu Desktop 18.04 LTS brings a fresh look with the GNOME desktop 
environment.  GNOME Shell on Ubuntu is designed to be easy to use for
people upgrading from 16.04 LTS and presents a familiar user interface.
New features for users upgrading from 16.04 LTS include assistance with
logging in to public Wifi hotspots and the Night Light feature to
reduce eye strain in the evenings.

18.04 LTS also brings the new minimal installation option which provides
a full desktop with only the essential packages installed, and a tool to
easily enable Canonical LivePatch to apply critical kernel security fixes
without rebooting.

Ubuntu Server 18.04 LTS includes the Queens release of OpenStack
including the clustering enabled LXD 3.0, new network configuration via
netplan.io, and a next-generation fast server installer.  Ubuntu Server
brings major updates to industry standard packages available on private
clouds, public clouds, containers or bare metal in your datacentre.

The newest Ubuntu Budgie, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, 
Ubuntu Studio, and Xubuntu are also being released today.

More details can be found for these at their individual release notes:


Maintenance updates will be provided for 5 years for Ubuntu Desktop,
Ubuntu Server, Ubuntu Cloud, and Ubuntu Core. Ubuntu Studio will be
supported for 9 months. All the remaining flavours will be supported
for 3 years.

To get Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

In order to download Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, visit:


Users of Ubuntu 17.10 will be offered an automatic upgrade to 18.04 LTS
via Update Manager shortly. Users of 16.04 LTS will be offered the
automatic upgrade when 18.04.1 LTS is released, which is scheduled for
July 26th. For further information about upgrading, see:


As always, upgrades to the latest version of Ubuntu are entirely free 
of charge.

We recommend that all users read the release notes, which document
caveats, workarounds for known issues, as well as more in-depth notes 
on the release itself. They are available at:


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but aren't sure, you can try asking in any of the following places:

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On behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team,

... Adam Conrad

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