Canonical, the developer of Ubuntu, has released the Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS for desktop, server, and cloud.
Ubuntu is a leading open source Linux distribution based on Debian, and an operating system for desktop, server, and cloud computing. The developers behind it roll out new updates every six months, and long-term support (LTS) releases every two years.
Ubuntu 18.04.2 comes with hardware enablement stacks like the previous LTS series, for use on newer hardware. Support for hardware enablement stacks is delivered on all architectures. When users use one of the desktop images, it gets installed by default.
The latest LTS release of Ubuntu will also support the other flavors of Ubuntu, which include Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, and Xubuntu. This means that following derivatives of Ubuntu are also available now:
- Kubuntu 18.04.2 LTS
- Ubuntu Budgie 18.04.2 LTS
- Ubuntu MATE 18.04.2 LTS
- Lubuntu 18.04.2 LTS
- Ubuntu Kylin 18.04.2 LTS
- Xubuntu 18.04.2 LTS.
Talking about the Ubuntu Server, it will install the GA kernel by default. If users want to use HWE kernel, they will be able to select it from the installer bootloader.
The new release will also bring Raspberry Pi 3 as a supported image target for Ubuntu Server. The existing Raspberry Pi 2 image support will also continue to be available.
“As usual, this point release includes many updates, and updated installation media has been provided so that fewer updates will need to be downloaded after installation. These include security updates and corrections for other high-impact bugs, with a focus on maintaining stability and compatibility with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS,” wrote Ubuntu developers.
As part of Ubuntu 18.04.2, the company will provide maintenance updates for Ubuntu Desktop, Ubuntu Server, Ubuntu Cloud, and Ubuntu Base for five years. Whereas, the flavors of Ubuntu will get maintenance updates for three years.
The new release is available for download here. Ubuntu 16.04 users will get an automatic upgrade to the latest release via Update Manager.