Ubuntu 18.10 is Released. Here’s What’s New

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The Latest installment of Ubuntu – Cosmic Cuttlefish – 18.10 is released and available for download.

Ubuntu 18.10 code named ‘Cosmic Cuttlefish’ is released after 6 months of development efforts. The latest release of Ubuntu comes with some major feature updates and latest software. This release is a short term release and would be receiving updates and security fixes till July 2019.

What’s New in Ubuntu 18.10


Ubuntu 18.10 uses Zstandard lossless compression algorithm which makes installation faster than earlier releases. Startup speed of pre-installed snap apps also improved.


Ubuntu 18.10 powered by latest stable Linux Kernel version 4.18. Kernel 4.18 comes with AMD Radeon RX Vega M graphics processor support, improved Thunderbolt support amongst many improvements.

Theme & Icon

Ubuntu 18.10 comes with a shiny Theme named ‘Yaru’ and icon set ‘suru’. This is a welcome change with a fresh look and feel for Ubuntu – which – always had Ambience/Radiance themes for default.

The theme and icon sets comes as default in Ubuntu 18.10 – however – if you are running Ubuntu 18.04 and still wants this theme – here’s a guide on how to do it.

GNOME 3.30

The latest GNOME 3.30 powering Ubuntu 18.10 from behind. GNOME 3.30 is an iconic release and it improved a lot in terms of latest softwares and usability. GNOME 3.30 comes with redesigned Settings app with dedicated panel for Thunderbolt devices, dynamic hardware panels and many more. This release also brings the latest version of GNOME core apps – Calendar, Terminal, Disks Utility and many more. You can read the complete GNOME 3.30 feature review here.

However, Nautilus file manager is still with older version for compatibility related to desktop icons.

Updated Software

Core default applications of Ubuntu 18.10 comes with their respective latest versions. Here’s a list of software with versions for 18.10.

  • Firefox 63
  • LibreOffice 6.1
  • Thunderbird 60
  • Rhythmbox 3.2.4

Snap Updates

With Ubuntu 18.10, you can now find beta and alpha snaps using Software app itself. It also improved behind the hood faster startup times for snaps.


Note that Ubuntu 18.10 is supported till July 2019. If you are willing for a fresh installations – grab the ISO file from below – burn it in a USB stick and you are good to go.

Download Ubuntu 18.10 ISO

For torrent and other download options visit this link.

If you are running Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, you can enable the Software sources to receive any Ubuntu releases and open Software updater. You will receive a prompt for Upgrade.


Ubuntu 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish is a fresh release with many firsts such as a brand new theme. It is also reported that it is faster than 18.04 but time will tell. Give 18.10 a try and enjoy the latest release.

Via Release notes


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