The next Ubuntu will be called “Cosmic Cuttlefish”, and it’s going to be pretty!
Standing true to the age-old Canonical tradition of naming Ubuntu releases “using an adjective and an animal with the same first letter”, Ubuntu 18.10 has been code-named ‘Cosmic Cuttlefish’. Ubuntu 18.04 LTS is the latest version of Ubuntu and it is code-named ‘Bionic Beaver’. Unlike normal releases, LTS versions are officially supported for a longer duration (5 years vs 9 months).
Big changes coming in Ubuntu 18.10 ‘Cosmic Cuttlefish’
Through his personal blog early last week, Canonical’s founder and CEO, Mark Shuttleworth, announced that the next version of Ubuntu will be called ‘Cosmic Cuttlefish’. So what to expect from the next release? A lot in fact.
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS is the first LTS release since Canonical’s departure from Unity. Now it’s completely vanilla GNOME, with tweaks and improvements including Ubuntu’s default theme that has remained *the* choice of skin for the OS since 2010. But that is all going to change now. A community developed “communitheme” is in the works, and the chances are that Canonical will start rolling out this brand new look and feel starting with Ubuntu 18.10 “Cosmic Cuttlefish”.
And guess what, you can already install this theme (still bleeding edge though, we recommend not trying this is production machines) in you Ubuntu 18.04 LTS using Snap command. Simply do this in your Terminal.
snap install communitheme
And after that, reboot your computer and select the “Communitheme snap session” at the log-in screen. The road-map is still not very clear though. As you must noticed, Mark Shuttleworth in his “Cosmic Cuttlefish” announcement didn’t mention anything about the new theme. Instead, it seems the focus will be on security (no complaints there). But since the theme is almost ready, I don’t see any reason why Canonical would not ship the new theme in Ubuntu 18.10, at least as an option.
And there will be new name for the theme too (“communitheme” is just a code name). And according to core contributor team member Aaron, several names are under consideration, but his personal favourite is ‘Atmos’, short for Atmosphere. So if all goes well, this will be the last time you’ll be seeing the iconic Ambiance and Radiance themes in Ubuntu. Stay tuned for updates. And welcome to Ubuntufy!