The Ubuntu 18.10 Linux release became generally available on Oct 18, providing new capabilities for desktop, server and cloud users.
On the desktop side, there is a new theme called "Yaru" that provides a different look and feel than what was provided by default in the prior Ubuntu 18.04 LTS release. Unlike 18.04, the Ubuntu 18.10 update is not a Long Term Support (LTS) release and will not get five years of support; instead, it will only have nine months of support.
On the server side, Ubuntu 18.10 benefits from an updated Linux 4.18 kernel as well as support for TLS 1.3 encryption. The Ubuntu Server 18.10 integrates the OpenStack Rocky release, providing users with a stable version of the most recent open source OpenStack cloud platform release.
Networking configuration gets a boost in 18.10 as well with netplan.io, which is a network configuration abstraction utility.
"Netplan is a utility for easily configuring networking on a Linux system," the netplan documentation states. "You simply create a YAML description of the required network interfaces and what each should be configured to do. From this description Netplan will generate all the necessary configuration for your chosen renderer tool."
In a video interview ahead of the release, Mark Shuttleworth provides some insight into key elements of the 18.10 update. Watch the full video with Mark Shuttleworth below:
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at ServerWatch and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.