1. GNOME 3.30
GNOME 3.30 was released in September’18. Ubuntu 18.10 will have this new GNOME version. Most of the visual and under the hood changes in GNOME 3.30 will be seen in Ubuntu 18.10 as well.
2. New default theme and icons
Ubuntu 18.04 was supposed to have a new look with the community developed Commune theme. This theme could not be completed in time for the 18.04 release. Ubuntu 18.10 has the Yaru Community theme installed by default, giving it a ravishing fresh look.
3. Better battery life for laptops
Taking the cue from Fedora 28, Canonical (Ubuntu’s parent company) is also working to improve battery life for laptops. Linux kernel has options to switch HDD controllers, USB controllers and other such devices to a low power state when not in use. This lowers the overall power consumption and thus improves the battery life.
However, doing this automatically causes a problem and this is why Ubuntu didn’t have this behavior enabled in the past. Ubuntu development team is further exploring these options to see what could be done to improve battery life without impacting the stability of the system.
4. Support for the fingerprint scanner
Ubuntu 18.10 will have support for the fingerprint scanner. This means if your computer has a fingerprint scanner, you would be able to unlock your Ubuntu system with the fingerprint.
5. Startup time boost and XDG Portals support for Snap applications
Continuing its focus on Snap packages, Canonical is bringing some useful improvements to it. Snap applications will take less time to start. With XDG portal, you should be able to install Snap in a few clicks from the Snapcraft Store website.
6. Linux Kernel 4.18
Ubuntu 18.10 has Linux Kernel 4.18. This Kernel version has some improvements for AMD and Nvidia GPU, USB Type-C and Thunderbolt, and performance optimizations in CPUfreq among several other features.
7. 32-Bit support diminishing from flavors
The default Ubuntu GNOME has stopped providing 32-bit ISO since Ubuntu 17.10 release. Some other Ubuntu flavors like Ubuntu MATE, Kubuntu etc still provided 32-bit iso download till 18.04 release.
But it seems to be changing now. Ubuntu MATE has announced that there will be no 32-bit image for Ubuntu MATE 18.10. Ubuntu Budgie and Kubuntu have also announced that they are dropping 32-bit release.
Existing 32-bit users will still get support till 2023.
8. Faster installation and boot with new compression algorithms
Working with new compression algorithms like LZ4 and ztsd, Ubuntu 18.10 is supposed to have around 10% faster boot. The installation will be slightly faster as well. Which is definitely a good news for all Ubuntu users.
9. Miscellaneous other changes in Ubuntu 18.10
Some other changes in the upcoming Ubuntu 18.10 are as follows:
- UI and UX improvements to GNOME Software (possibility)
- DLNA support for connecting Ubuntu with DLNA supported Smart TVs, tablets and other devices
- A new and improved installer (less likely to be completed before 18.10 release)
- Ubuntu Software removes dependencies while uninstalling software
- Ubuntu Software will show a green verified tick for Snap applications developed by the owner of the brand. The same can be found on the recently redesigned