Canonical released today the beta version of the upcoming and highly-anticipated Ubuntu 18.10 "Cosmic Cuttlefish" operating system for public beta testers and early adopters.
Dubbed Cosmic Cuttlefish, Ubuntu 18.10 is the first release of the world's most popular GNU/Linux distribution to drop the alpha builds from its development cycle and opt only for a single beta release. The beta is now available for public testing and it's the first and only development milestone for the Ubuntu 18.10 release.
Ubuntu 18.10 beta is packed with some of the most recent GNU/Linux technologies and Open Source software. It's powered by the latest Linux 4.18 kernel series, uses the GNOME 3.30 desktop environment, and ships with an up-to-date graphics stack based on Mesa 18.2.1. It also includes Firefox 62.0 and LibreOffice 6.1.
As expected, the official flavors include the latest software too. For example, Lubuntu 18.10 beta ships with the LXQt 0.13.0 desktop environment by default, and Ubuntu MATE 18.10 beta features the MATE 1.20.2 desktop environment. On the other hand, Kubuntu 18.10 beta comes with the KDE Plasma 5.13.5 desktop environment.
“Codenamed "Cosmic Cuttlefish", 18.10 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,” said Adam Conrad.
Ubuntu 18.10 beta available to download now
Ubuntu 18.10 beta is now available to download, along with all official editions, including Kubuntu 18.10, Lubuntu 18.10, Xubuntu 18.10, Ubuntu MATE 18.10, Ubuntu Budgie 18.10, Ubuntu Kylin 18.10, and Ubuntu Studio 18.10. However, please keep in mind that this is a pre-release version, so don't install it on production machines.
The final release of the Ubuntu 18.10 "Cosmic Cuttlefish" operating system will be available next month on October 18, 2018. This is a short-lived release that will only receive nine months of support, until July 2019. Ubuntu 18.10 is powered by the Linux 4.18 kernel series and ships with the GNOME 3.30 desktop environment.