Last week, Canonical released Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (codenamed “Bionic Beaver”), the latest long-term support version of the Ubuntu Linux distribution. Ars is working on a full review of the release, but I wanted to share some first impressions of the desktop, which is a major advance over the last LTS version.
Canonical made a bit of a U-turn in its interface plans while developing the last interim release of Ubuntu (17.10, codenamed “Artful Aardvark”)—dropping development of its homegrown Unity interface and application launcher (as well as development of an Ubuntu phone), saying goodbye to the Ambiance interface theme of old and embracing the GNOME 3.28 desktop instead. Also significant is the integration of Snapcraft’s “snap” format—a universal containerized installer format for packaged applications on all Linux platforms—into Ubuntu’s application store.
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