Canonical announced today that the upcoming Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) operating system is now officially in the Final Freeze development stage, which is the last step before the final release.
With just one week left until the final release, Ubuntu 18.10, dubbed Cosmic Cuttlefish, has reached the final step in its development cycle, Final Freeze. This means that from this point until the final release only critical bugs that affect the ISO images or installers are admitted in the archives.
Of course, the Ubuntu engineers would need community's help to test the ISO images before they hit the stable channels, so they are working on releasing the Release Candidate (RC) images in the coming days on the official ISO tracker for Ubuntu and probably all other official flavors.
"As of nowish, cosmic has entered the Final Freeze period in preparation for the final release of Ubuntu 18.10 next week," said Adam Conrad in a mailing list announcement. "We will shut down cronjobs and spin some RC images late Friday or early Saturday once the archive and proposed-migration have settled a bit."
Ubuntu 18.10 launches officially on October 18, 2018
Today also marks the Language Pack Translation Deadline milestone in the release schedule of the Ubuntu 18.10 operating system, which means that all translations must be done by now. Ubuntu 18.10 launches officially next Thursday, on October 18, 2018, as the latest and most advanced version of the Ubuntu Linux operating system.
Ubuntu 18.10 will feature the latest GNOME 3.30 desktop environment and run the most recent kernel, Linux 4.18. It will be a short-lived branch supported for the next nine months, until July 2019. Release Candidate images of Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) should be available for testing this coming weekend.