The second point release of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) is now live, which follows closely on the heels of Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS released in July last year, and as the norm, it is released in three editions: Desktop, Server and Core (for IoT devices and robots).
While the popular operating system newest version is also available for Cloud platforms, along with the different flavors, such as Lubuntu, Kubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Kylin and Xubuntu.
Developed by Canonical, Ubuntu is an open-source Linux distribution based on Debian, and of course free, with the community under a meritocratic governance model. Canonical provide updates on security and support for all Ubuntu releases, from the release date until it reaches the designated end-of-life (EOL) date.
And the point releases ensure that every user downloading a fresh ISO from the official website get all updates and fixes in one bundle.
The new support for hardware enablement stack (HWE) and Linux 4.18 kernel will enable Ubuntu to run on more devices and to deliver better graphics performance, for instance, this new update brings support for Pi 3, with Pi 2 supported image target, which is a good news to Raspberry Pi enthusiasts.
Ubuntu update is released every six months, with long-term support (LTS) releases happening every two years. The newest release is 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish), while the most recent long-term support release is 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver), with support till 2028.