The first beta build of Ubuntu 18.04 has been released. The codename for this version of Ubuntu is "Bionic Beaver". Any users upgrading from a previous LTS release are in for an exciting update.

The flavors that are opting in to take part in the Bionic Beaver beta testing are:

  • Kubuntu
  • Ubuntu Budgie
  • Ubuntu Kylin
  • Ubuntu MATE
  • Xubuntu

No matter which flavor you decide to go with for the beta or even for future updates, you will be receiving the same core benefits that come with the regular Ubuntu 18.04 release.

Xubuntu

This flavor of the beta has a new sound apple and status notifier plugin, both which are improvements over the applets they are replacing.

There is also a small set of MATE desktop apps that are included:

  • Evince is replaced with Atril
  • File Roller is replaced with Engrampa
  • GNOME Calculator is replaced with MATE Calculator

Download Xubuntu 18.04 Beta 1 here

Ubuntu Budgie

Above we have an image of Ubuntu Budgie running the new beta. The new beta for Ubuntu Budgie has many new features, you can read more about the specifics here.

It ships with new desktop applets, such as Snap which is now available by default and also adds some new window management features.

Download Ubuntu Budgie 18.04 Beta 1 here

Kubuntu

The beta update for Kubuntu offers a little bit more in changes than the other flavors.

It comes with the latest Plasma 5.12 desktop, which has many new improvements and also includes the newest KDE Applications.

Download Kubuntu 18.04 Beta 1 here

Beta versions of Ubuntu MATE and Ubuntu Kylin are also available to download here.

There is no regular Ubuntu 18.04 Beta 1 release, so to try out the new features you will have to use one of the five flavors mentioned above.

You can check out the full Ubuntu 18.04 LTS release schedule for details on when beta testing stops and when the stable version will be released.

Remember this is a beta so don't install this on your main machine as there will be bugs.

via OMG Ubuntu