Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver)

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Ubuntu 18.04 LTS(Bionic Beaver)

Nowadays Ubuntu is the most favorite and most famous operating system. It is an open source software operating system that runs from the desktop, to the cloud, to all your internet connected things. This operating system is open source and most of the services are free for all users.

Recently Ubuntu released their new version named Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver). The ‘main’ archive of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will be supported for 5 years until April 2023. Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will be supported for 5 years for Ubuntu Desktop, Ubuntu Server, and Ubuntu Core. Ubuntu Studio 18.04 will be supported for 9 months. All other flavors will be supported for 3 years.

New features in Ubuntu 18.04

Linux kernel 4.15:

Ubuntu 18.04 ships with a v4.15 based Linux kernel, enabling the latest hardware and peripherals available from IBM, Intel, and others. The 18.04 kernel delivers new features inherited from upstream, including:

  • CPU controller for the cgroup v2 interface.
  • AMD secure memory encryption support
  • The latest MD driver with software RAID enhancements
  • Improved power management for systems with SATA Link Power Management.

We also see notable Ubuntu specific achievements with:

  • Linux security module stacking support.
  • Support for signing of POWER host and NV kernels.
  • Backport improved support for IBM and Intel hardware from Linux 4.16
OpenJDK

As of 18.04 release, OpenJDK 10 is the default JRE/JDK. Once OpenJDK 11 reaches GA in September 2018, it will become the default in 18.04.

OpenJDK 8 has moved to universe and will remain available there for the life of 18.04, to provide migration time for packages, custom applications, or scripts that can’t be build with OpenJDK 10 or 11. OpenJDK 8 will be updated in 18.04 until Ubuntu 16.04 LTS reaches EOL in April 2021.

Security Improvements

In Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, gcc is now set to default to compile applications as position independent executable (PIE) as well as with immediate binding, to make more effective use of Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR). All packages in main have been rebuilt to take advantage of this, with a few exceptions.

Mitigation are in place to protect against Spectre and Meltdown. See the Spectre and Meltdown Knowledge Base article for more details about the remediation and configuration options.

Bolt and thunderbolt-tools have been promoted to main to provide security controls for Thunderbolt devices.

Default CIFS/SMB protocol version change in CIFS mounts
Since 17.10, the default SMB protocol used when mounting remote CIFS filesystems via mount.cifs (from the cifs-utils package) changed to 2.1 or higher, depending on what is negotiated with the server. If no version is specified when mounting such a remote share, the following will be logged:

No dialect specified on mount. Default has changed to a more secure dialect, SMB2.1 or later (e.g. SMB3),
from CIFS (SMB1). To use the less secure SMB1 dialect to access old servers which do not support SMB3
(or SMB2.1) specify vers=1.0 on mount.
Should you encounter compatibility issues, like #1764778 or #1572132, please specify versions=1.0 when mounting the share and please file a bug if that fixes the problem for you.

Improved UEFI Secure Boot handling for the use of third-party modules
Ubuntu now allows you to generate a signing key when needed, as you install third-party (DKMS) modules. On install of a DKMS package, you will be prompted to enter a password that is used to enroll a signing key (an X509 certificate) that will then be used to sign the new kernel modules. The prompts will allow you to enter the same password twice, and describe the steps needed to enroll the new key at the next reboot.

Source :

https://www.ubuntu.com

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BionicBeaver/ReleaseNotes

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