Ubuntu 18.10 has been released.
The Linux 4.18 kernel together with updates in Mesa and X.org significantly improve game performance. Graphics support expands to AMD VegaM in the latest Intel Kabylake-G CPUs, Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, B+ and Qualcomm Snapdragon 845.
Ubuntu 18.10 introduces the GNOME 3.30 desktop and Yaru, the new community-developed default theme. Fingerprint unlock functionality is featured for compatible PCs and the latest versions of Firefox, LibreOffice, and Chromium are included.
The full release notes are also available.
This is a release that is supported for only nine months and it doesn’t seem to offer much in the way of new innovations. Sure there are a few incremental improvements like better battery life and faster boot but not much else. It is shipping with older versions of GTK (v3.24) and doesn’t really offer anything new other than a newer kernel (which also can be installed on 18.04) and a new theme (also can be installed on 18.04.) I can’t imagine why anyone would leave the stable LTS release for this.
I installed Kubuntu 18.10 on my old Asus U50F. It runs great. I was hoping that with the 4.18 kernel I would be able to use Kubuntu on my Dell Inspiron 13 2-in-1. It is a Ryzen 7 laptop with Vega GPU. No such luck.
Fedora 28, openSUSE Tumbleweed and KaOS 2018 (which I am running now) all work. Most distros with 4.17 and later kernel will at least boot up on it. Oh well, maybe 19.04.