Dates for the other milestones that typically take place during an Ubuntu development cycle are also pencilled in, including the following freeze points:
- Feature freeze: February 21, 2019
- UI freeze: March 14, 2019
- Kernel freeze: April 1, 2019
Once again there will be no alpha release during the “Disco Dingo” cycle but an official Ubuntu 19.04 beta release will be available to download and test in March:
- Ubuntu 19.04 beta release date: March 28, 2019
All going to plan the final, stable release of Ubuntu 19.04 will strut on to the dance floor in mid-April:
- Ubuntu 19.04 release date: April 18, 2019
At this early juncture it’s worth noting that all of these dates are subject to change. So, if you’re making a note of them, best jot them down in pencil rather than biro, eh?
Ubuntu 19.04 Features: What to Expect
Wondering what to expect in Ubuntu 19.04? You’d needn’t scratch your head too hard.
It’s looking pretty likely that the ‘Disco Dingo’ will ship with GNOME 3.32 release (due in the spring) and, if it’s ready in time, Linux Kernel 5.0.
Features initially planned for the Ubuntu 18.10 release but that ended up postponed are also due to be picked up and worked on during the Disco Dingo development cycle.
The impressive looking Ubuntu Software mockups we’ve previously written about, including its new ‘magazine view’, may leap off the page and land in working code during this cycle, too.
Other proposed plans could see the open-source Chromium web-browser and popular gaming client Steam made available as Snap apps in the Snap store; the GNOME Clocks app shipping as a default app (useful for ‘world time’ tracking); and adding the option to mute sound by middle-clicking on the volume applet in the Top Bar.
Further performance patches to speed the whole desktop are likely to be a feature of Ubuntu 19.04, as will continued work on making GNOME Shell more useful with touchscreen devices.