Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS Candidate images is available for downloading
Canonical today announced that the candidate version of the Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS (Bionic Beaver) is available for testing. Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS is the first maintenance release of the 18.04 branch and is scheduled to go live on July 26th (Thursday). However, before the official announcement, Canonical hoped to use the power of the community to test it more extensively, so the candidate version was launched today before the final version went live.
Jean-Baptiste Lallement said on the mailing list:
“The first set of builds for the first point release of Bionic (18.04.1) due this Thursday (July 26th) have been added to the tracker for all flavours. These builds have bionic-proposed enabled and are not final. Despite of this, please test your images and do not wait for a “final” build to test. We need you testing now, iterating uploads to get your bugs fixed, filing bugs and escalating where you need help. Happy testing everyone, and here’s hoping we push out another smooth and stress-free release on Thursday.”
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS is a long-term supported version, meaning that Canonical will provide five maintenance release updates, each release will release the latest components and all the latest updates. Unfortunately, Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS will no longer have any old kernel or graphics stack but powered by the Linux Kernel 4.15 kernel and the Mesa 18.1.3 graphics stack.