Mr Steve Langasek on behalf of Ubuntu team has announced the availability of Ubuntu 18.04 final beta images. This the second beta image release in this series and gives a near complete idea of features that can be expected from the final releases scheduled for 26th April 2018.

Following the project’s release strategy, Ubuntu 18.04 will be a long term supported release and will provide support for 5 years. Taking the tradition of Ubuntu releases, Ubuntu 18.04 will also bring the latest and greatest open source technologies ready to deploy in enterprise environments. The team is working towards introducing new features and fixing critical bugs.

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Release announcement from Ubuntu

The release announcement shared by Steve Langasek, an Ubuntu developer, in official mailing list can be read as:

The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the final beta release of the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Desktop, Server, and Cloud products. Codenamed “Bionic Beaver”, 18.04 LTS 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.

This beta release includes images from not only the Ubuntu Desktop, Server, and Cloud products, but also the Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, UbuntuKylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio, and Xubuntu flavours.

The beta images are known to be reasonably free of showstopper CD build or installer bugs, while representing a very recent snapshot of 18.04 that should be representative of the features intended to ship with the final release expected on April 26th, 2018.

Applicability & Availability

The final beta release announcement of Ubuntu 18.04 covers various flavors like Ubuntu Desktop, Server, Cloud products and also other official community flavors including Ubuntu Budgie, Kubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Kylin and Ubuntu Studio.

These release images can be downloaded from following sources