Canonical has announced the availability of the Ubuntu 18.10 ‘Cosmic Cuttlefish’ beta ISOs. The firm has announced the availability of the beta for Ubuntu Desktop, Server, and Cloud as well as Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio, and Xubuntu.
Anyone that wants to test out the beta releases should know that they are “reasonably free” of showstopper or installer bugs and represent the features and software that should be included in the final release that is expected on October 18th. Of course, if you do encounter any bugs you should report these to Canonical so that they can be fixed.
A statement from Canonical’s Adam Conrad read:
“The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the final beta release of the Ubuntu 18.10 Desktop, Server, and Cloud products.
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.”
The new update will bring several notable changes including a new default theme for the GNOME Shell session, it also includes X.Org Server 1.20, the new Linux 4.18 kernel, and other package upgrades. If you’re running Ubuntu 18.04 and want to jump onto the beta release, upgrade instructions have been published. If you’d like to download the ISO images for a fresh install or to try in a virtual machine, check the links at the bottom of the announcement on the mailing list.