Earlier this year, Ubuntu switched to using GNOME as its desktop environment, after several years of developing its own Unity. The first GNOME-by-default release was 17.10, released on October 19, but 18.04 will be the first LTS release with GNOME.
Released once every two years, Long Term Support versions of Ubuntu, as the name states, receive official support and security updates for five years, as opposed to nine months of updates that normal Ubuntu releases receive. These are the versions that are used in environments where stability is more important than having latest fancy features – such as servers and workplaces.
With Artful Aardwark just making its hands into users' hands, Ubuntu developers are already working on the next big release, which will be called Bionic Beaver, called so in honour of the many developers that work on the project. In the words of Mark Shuttleworth: "It's builders that we celebrate – the people that build our upstream applications and packages, the people who build Ubuntu, and the people who build on Ubuntu. In honour of that tireless toil, our mascot this cycle is a mammal known for its energetic attitude, industrious nature and engineering prowess. We give it a neatly nerdy 21st-century twist in honour of the relentless robots running Ubuntu Core."
So, what lies beyond the name? Since Ubuntu 18.04 is an LTS release, you shouldn't expect a lot of big changes like in 17.10. Instead, the release will focus on refining the operating system and setting up a secure foundation for the release's five-year support term. Although there is one feature that might be interesting to the general public – Bionic Beaver might feature colour emoji support.
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via OMG! Ubuntu!