Canonical released a new version of the organization's Ubuntu GNU/Linux distribution; Ubuntu 18.10, called Cosmic Cuttlefish, comes with a new community desktop theme, improved snap desktop integration, multi-cloud computing optimizations and other improvements.
Ubuntu 18.10 will be supported for nine months; organizations and users who require long term support should stay with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS instead which is supported for five years.
Desktop systems running Ubuntu 18.04 can be upgraded in the following way:
ISO images for all *buntu flavors are also available. Check the top of the release notes for direct downloads.
Users should check the list of known issues before they run the upgrade to the new version of Ubuntu.
Ubuntu 18.10 includes the new GNOME desktop 3.30 which comes with new features and performance improvements. The new Ubuntu 18.10 makes better use of the GPU RAM cache to cache shell components in RAM to decrease overall system load and improve frames per second on devices running the new version of the Linux distribution.
Users who make use of desktop zoom may notice that the operation performs a lot smoother. The smoothing of window previews takes the system's CPU and GPU utilization into account which should improve performance when the window preview feature is used in the operating system.
The encryption software VeraCrypt is supported officially by GNOME Disks which means that it does not need to be installed separately anymore to mount and create encrypted volumes.
Ubuntu 18.10 includes other improvements besides those mentioned already:
Ubuntu Server 18.10 includes the following improvements (among many others):
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