Paint the town or­ange

Linux Format - - WELCOME - Neil Mohr Edi­tor neil.mohr@fu­turenet.com

I for one am gen­uinely ex­cited by the lat­est re­lease of Ubuntu. Canon­i­cal is no stranger to con­tro­ver­sial de­ci­sions, but it feels re­cent moves – switching back to Gnome, aban­don­ing con­ver­gence de­vices – have en­abled it to fo­cus on the core job of mak­ing Ubuntu as good as pos­si­ble.

De­spite its com­i­cal Bionic Beaver co­de­name, Ubuntu 18.04 will stand as the foun­da­tional ba­sis for a plethora of Linux dis­tros with sup­port reach­ing out for five years. An un­told num­ber of servers will rely on its sta­bil­ity and sup­port, while this re­lease de­liv­ers the small­est foot­print yet from its min­i­mal in­stall.

On page 30 Linux For­mat’s own Bionic Bidwell will guide you through a smooth up­grade from older ver­sions, a smooth in­stall from scratch and a smooth guide around the all-im­por­tant new fea­tures. In the back­ground the ker­nel moves to 4.15 (so in­clud­ing the es­sen­tial Spec­tre and Melt­down patches), the new Gnome desk­top is now the de­fault new look, Way­land is an ex­per­i­men­tal op­tion and there’s a host of up­dated pro­grams. The rest of 2018 will see all the Ubun­tubased dis­tro up­dated in turn: we’re ex­pect­ing Linux Mint 19 to be the next big up­date and as you’d ex­pect, we’ll be cov­er­ing that in-depth when it hap­pens.

Of course, there’s a vast world of open source out­side of the Ubuntu world and we’re cov­er­ing as much of it as we pos­si­bly can in the rest of the is­sue. If you’re think­ing of build­ing a new PC, we test the new bud­get AMD Ryzen 3 2200G with its in­te­grated graph­ics ca­pa­ble of 1080p gam­ing at a bar­gain price. Don’t miss our look at how you can try quan­tum com­put­ing now, from the com­fort of your own home. We ex­plore open source con­tent man­age­ment sys­tems, cre­ate mul­ti­ple Word­press sites, ex­plore con­tainer tech­nol­ogy, run clas­sic Atari St sys­tems, sort out your tasks and loads more, so en­joy!

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