The latest version of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS now available for download.
The 18.04.4 LTS Ubuntu release coming a week later than planned due to several problems, is the penultimate in a series of releases of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.
As always, not so much “new” as such. Point release of Ubuntu — it’s just fresh installation .iso, which consists of all the bugfixes and improvements that were released in the OS since the release of the latest installation image.
Or, in other words, point releases — it’s a short track; the transition point for new users. They still impose the same operating system that was released in April 2018, but with no need to download 100 MB of updates released for it since then.
Some notable changes made to 18.04.4 LTS, including bug fixes for the installer and the window Manager, updates, new graphics drivers, some of the subtleties associated with the Snap tool, the initial setup of GNOME and… no more web app Amazon.
HWE 18.04 LTS
Along with the release of Ubuntu LTS 18.04.4 also enters the LTS HWE 18.04.4, or a new “stack hardware capabilities”. It consists of a newer Linux kernel, ported from Ubuntu 19.10, updated graphics drivers and newer server display (where applicable).
The Ubuntu kernel shipped in this update based on the release of Linux 5.3. This kernel update adds, among many overall improvements, hardware support for MacBook, graphics processors AMD Navi and a few Wacom pen tablets.
If you installed Ubuntu 18.04 LTS in April 2018, you will not get the new update HWE automatically, but you can easily install HWE by running this command from a new terminal window:
sudo apt-get install --install-recommends linux-generic-hwe-18.04 xserver-xorg-hwe-18.04
If you installed Ubuntu 18.04 LTS using the image of a point release (18.04.1, 18.04.2, etc.), you will receive the new HWE automatically through the regular update system – so watch out for him.
Download Ubuntu LTS 18.04.4
Ubuntu 18.04 — this Ubuntu release with long term support, which will be implemented until 2023.
Download 18.04.4 Ubuntu LTS (64-bit .iso)
A new release of Ubuntu LTS, Ubuntu 20.04, coming out in April. Later this year it will be possible to upgrade to Ubuntu 18.04 20.04.