The next major update for Ubuntu has been released. Ubuntu 18.04 LTS was released in mid-April. Codename “Bionic Beaver”.
LTS stands for “Long Term Support” which is a good thing to have if you plan on using this version as a critical component of your home network. It is also great if you plan to use this as your main OS. Support will be provided by Canonical, developers of Ubuntu, for the next 5 years. Until April 2023.
Among various tuning and optimized features, perhaps the biggest change is the switch back to Gnome from Unity. This means you get a new desktop environment or a return to a familiar one if you were a user of Gnome in the past. To me, this is a welcome change as I used the Crunchbang distro with Gnome throughout college.
The installer also has the option of doing a minimal install consisting of the desktop environment, a web browser, and utilities. Perfect for older systems.
I have installed Ubuntu 18.04 on an older laptop which I plan on using more frequently. I will provide updates in a few months to see how it handles.