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Ubuntu 18.10 "Cosmic Cuttlefish" now available, new default theme and performance improvements in tow

Ubuntu Linux 18.10 "Cosmic Cuttlefish" now available October 2018 (Source: Ubuntu blog)
Ubuntu Linux 18.10 "Cosmic Cuttlefish" (Source: Ubuntu blog)
As previously announced, the Ubuntu 18.10 release comes with the GNOME 3.30 desktop and Yaru — the new default theme that has been developed by the community. The new kernel and updated graphics libraries now support the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B/B+, the AMD Vega M-powered Kaby Lake G series, as well as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845.

Ubuntu 18.10 "Cosmic Cuttlefish" is now available and, although it is not an LTS version, it features a few noticeable changes. The most obvious one is the GNOME 3.30 desktop environment with a new default theme — previously called Communitheme — known as Yaru. However, there are also important changes under the hood.

While Ubuntu 18.10 comes with various updated pre-installed apps such as Firefox 63 and LibreOffice 6.12, the essential changes are delivered by the Linux 4.18 kernel: improved USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 support, better game performance, as well as expanded graphics support for Raspberry Pi 3 Model B/B+, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, and the Intel Kaby Lake G processors with AMD Vega M graphics.

In addition to the above, Ubuntu 18.10 also comes with multi-cloud computing optimizations for the Server edition, including Kubernetes 1.12 with increased security and scalability. The secure Linux app store now includes 4,100 snaps published by 1,700 developers and supported across 41 distributions.

The (somehow) bad part is that Ubuntu 18.10 only gets 9 months of support, while the 18.04 LTS release will be officially supported until early 2023. If you are one of the early 18.10 adopters, please don't be shy and share your thoughts about this update in the comments section.

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Codrut Nistor, 2018-10-19 (Update: 2018-10-19)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.