Subject: Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Final Beta released
The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the final beta release of the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Desktop, Server, and Cloud products.
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.
This beta release includes images from not only the Ubuntu Desktop, Server, and Cloud products, but also the Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, UbuntuKylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio, and Xubuntu flavours.
The beta images are known to be reasonably free of showstopper CD build or installer bugs, while representing a very recent snapshot of 18.04 that should be representative of the features intended to ship with the final release expected on April 26th, 2018.
Ubuntu, Ubuntu Server, Cloud Images: Bionic Final Beta includes updated versions of most of our core set of packages, including a current 4.15 kernel, and much more.
To upgrade to Ubuntu 18.04 Final Beta from Ubuntu 17.10, follow these instructions:
The Ubuntu 18.04 Final Beta images can be downloaded at:
http://releases.ubuntu.com/18.04/ (Ubuntu and Ubuntu Server on x86)
This Ubuntu Server image features the next generation Subiquity server installer, bringing the comfortable live session and speedy install of the Ubuntu Desktop to server users at last.
This new installer does not support the same set of installation options as the previous server installer, so the "debian-installer" image continues to be made available in parallel. For more information about the installation options, please see:
Additional images can be found at the following links:
http://cloud-images.ubuntu.com/daily/server/bionic/current/ (Cloud Images) http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/18.04/beta-2/ (Non-x86, and d-i Server) http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/netboot/18.04/ (Netboot)
As fixes will be included in new images between now and release, any daily cloud image from today or later (i.e. a serial of 20180404 or higher) should be considered a beta image. Bugs found should be filed against the appropriate packages or, failing that, the cloud-images project in Launchpad.
The full release notes for Ubuntu 18.04 Final Beta can be found at:
Kubuntu: Kubuntu is the KDE based flavour of Ubuntu. It uses the Plasma desktop and includes a wide selection of tools from the KDE project.
The Final Beta images can be downloaded at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/18.04/beta-2/
More information on Kubuntu Final Beta can be found here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BionicBeaver/Beta2/Kubuntu
Lubuntu: Lubuntu is a flavor of Ubuntu that targets to be lighter, less resource hungry and more energy-efficient by using lightweight applications and LXDE, The Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment, as its default GUI.
The Final Beta images can be downloaded at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/releases/18.04/beta-2/
Ubuntu Budgie: Ubuntu Budgie is community developed desktop, integrating Budgie Desktop Environment with Ubuntu at its core.
The Final Beta images can be downloaded at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-budgie/releases/18.04/beta-2/
More information on Ubuntu Budgie Final Beta can be found here: https://ubuntubudgie.org/blog/2018/04/03/18-04-beta-2
UbuntuKylin: UbuntuKylin is a flavor of Ubuntu that is more suitable for Chinese users.
The Final Beta images can be downloaded at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntukylin/releases/18.04/beta-2/
More information on UbuntuKylin Final Beta can be found here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BionicBeaver/Beta2/UbuntuKylin
Ubuntu MATE: Ubuntu MATE is a flavor of Ubuntu featuring the MATE desktop environment.
The Final Beta images can be downloaded at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-mate/releases/18.04/beta-2/
Ubuntu Studio: Ubuntu Studio is a flavor of Ubuntu that provides a full range of multimedia content creation applications for each key workflows: audio, graphics, video, photography and publishing.
The Final Beta images can be downloaded at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/18.04/beta-2/
More information about Ubuntu Studio Final Beta can be found here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BionicBeaver/Beta2/UbuntuStudio
Xubuntu: Xubuntu is a flavor of Ubuntu that comes with Xfce, which is a stable, light and configurable desktop environment.
The Final Beta images can be downloaded at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/18.04/beta-2/
More information about Xubuntu Final Beta can be found here: http://wiki.xubuntu.org/releases/18.04/release-notes
Regular daily images for Ubuntu, and all flavours, can be found at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com
Ubuntu is a full-featured Linux distribution for clients, servers and clouds, with a fast and easy installation and regular releases. A tightly-integrated selection of excellent applications is included, and an incredible variety of add-on software is just a few clicks away.
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