Developers now have six short months to badger away at building the ‘Bionic Beaver’.
For those of you unaware Ubuntu’s April (xx.04) releases follow a 27-week schedule (as opposed to October releases’ 25 week schedule, owing to the little matter of Xmas and New Year).
During the cycle time 2 alpha milestones, 2 beta milestones and 1 release candidate build are issued for public testing. Ubuntu flavors often take advantage of all of these.
However, the regular version of Ubuntu participates in the final beta milestone only (but issues daily builds for the curious to try out ahead of then).
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Release Schedule
With Ubuntu 18.04 LTS open for development, the full Ubuntu
- Alpha 1 – January 4th, 2018
- Alpha 2 – February 1st
- Beta 1 – March 8th
- Final Beta – April 5th
- Release Candidate – April 19th
Other key dates in the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS release schedule include User Interface Freeze on March 22 (if there’s a new Ubuntu theme it will be in place before this date), and Kernel Freeze on April 12th.
All of the above culminate in the stable release:
- Ubuntu 18.04 LTS – April 26th