The Ubuntu development team announced today the availability of the first beta version of the upcoming Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver series, but only for opt-in flavors.
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) has been developing for a long time, mainly due to the Meltdown and Specter security holes. Today, however, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Budgie and Ubuntu Kylin for the Chinese Friends of the Canonical operating system.
Lubuntu and Ubuntu Studio flavors are not available on this beta, but we hope to see them next month, 5 April, when a Ubuntu development team will announce the Final Beta.
As for the new features, the Kubuntu 18.04 LTS Beta has the latest, KDE Plasma 5.12 desktop environment LTS by default, along with KDE 17.12.2 applications, as well as other up-to-date applications.
The Ubuntu Budgie 18.04 LTS Beta seems to have several improvements and new features, such as better font processing options for Korean and Chinese languages, emoji color support, better shortcuts, new preset Budgie applets and a whole new GTK + theme.
On the other hand, the Xubuntu 18.04 LTS Beta comes without the GTK theme configuration tool, but with updated Greybird GTK + theme, addition of Xfce PulseAudio, add-on for status notifications, Atrial document viewer, Engrampa archive manager, MATE Calculator and new default Wallpaper.
All of these versions run with the latest Linux 4.15 kernel. The same Kernel will also run the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) when it launches next month on April 26.
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|Xubuntu ISO • 18.04-beta1|
|Ubuntu MATE ISO • 18.04-beta1|
|Ubuntu Kylin ISO • 18.04-beta1|
|Ubuntu Budgie ISO • 18.04-beta1|
|Kubuntu ISO • 18.04-beta1|