With Ubuntu 18.04 LTS out the door, the folks at Canonical are starting to talk about plans for the next version of the popular GNU/Linux distribution. Actually, the next two.

Ubuntu 18.04.1 is expected to roll out in July, bringing bug fixes and a few new features including easier access to Thunderbolt settings and support for unlocking a PC with your fingerprint.

Ubuntu 18.10, which is set to launch in October, will bring some bigger under-the-hood changes.

The operating system will continue to use the GNOME desktop environment, but it will have a new default theme called Communitheme, which is, as the name suggests, being developed a community of Ubuntu users and developers.

Canonical also hopes to offer better battery life by exploring options for putting hard drive controllers, USB controllers, and other hardware into a low power state when they’re not needed.

Ubuntu 18.10 will also offer faster first-time startup for apps installed as snaps, support for installing the Chromium web browser as a snap, DLNA media sharing, integration with the KDE Connact Android app for connecting an Ubuntu PC to an Android phone, and a number of software updates, among other things.

Pre-release daily builds of Ubuntu 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish are already available, but most of these changes are probably months away from being included/finalized.

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7 replies on “Ubuntu 18.10 will bring power improvements, new default theme, and more”

  1. Always a new milestone for the Linux Ecosystem. 🙂

  2. They could make boot time 10 seconds faster by changing
    GRUB_TIMEOUT=10 to GRUB_TIMEOUT=0 as the default.

  3. Wasn’t aware of this Communitheme, looks like it has promise. I’ve been waiting to see how well 18.04 is received before I upgrade(currently on 16.04 LTS). Looks like it will be July! Any bugs should be fixed by then. I actually like the look of Gnome when using the Dash-to-Panel extension, without Dash-to-Panel…I prefer Unity. Thanks for the update Brad!

      1. I’ve found 18.04 to be quite resources heavy compared to 17.10 which was really light.
        I had to move to Xubuntu 18.04 to get some oomph back. This experience is on an old Dell which I use for testing purposes. Obviously, your mileage may vary.

  4. “Ubuntu 18.04.1 is expected to roll out in July, bringing bug fixes and a few new features”

    Because unlike Debian (who only release when the version is ready), Ubuntu release LTS versions before the start of May whether it is fully ready or not,.

    It seems odd that new features are being introduced to an LTS version, unless of course, these were always intended, and they missed the April release deadline.

    1. Just as a interesting FYI. The default update settings on LTS releases are to only update to the x.x.1 update not the inital LTS release.

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