Canonical has lately introduced a brand new long-term help model of Ubuntu for desktop, server, and cloud, all operating on Linux Kernel 5.3

Known as Bionic Beaver, Ubuntu 18.04.four LTS comes alongside all the opposite flavors which can be primarily based on this method, together with Kubuntu and Xubuntu (you will discover the total checklist, together with hyperlinks to their launch notes, within the field after the bounce).

Just as anticipated, the brand new launch comes with all of the patches and safety fixes included within the newest updates, and given it’s an LTS model, it’s particularly centered on stability and compatibility going ahead.

Five years of upkeep updates

“Like earlier LTS collection, 18.04.four consists of {hardware} enablement stacks to be used on newer {hardware}. This help is obtainable on all architectures and is put in by default when utilizing one of many desktop pictures,” the Ubuntu group explains.

“As normal, this level launch consists of many updates, and up to date set up media has been offered in order that fewer updates will have to be downloaded after set up. These embrace safety updates and corrections for different high-impact bugs, with a give attention to sustaining stability and compatibility with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.”

Devices the place Ubuntu 16.04 is already put in might be supplied an improve to the brand new model within the Update Manager, so no additional actions are required. This means Ubuntu 18.04.four LTS will land on these gadgets as an computerized improve that may be carried out with none price.

Since it’s a long-term launch, Ubuntu 18.04.four LTS will obtain upkeep updates for a complete of 5 years for Ubuntu Desktop, Ubuntu Server, Ubuntu Cloud, and Ubuntu Base. On the opposite hand, for those who set up the opposite flavors which can be primarily based on Ubuntu, you’ll solely get updates for 3 years, after which an improve to a more moderen launch might be required going ahead.

Ubuntu 18.04.four LTS Flavors Release Notes