Exploring Ubuntu 18.10 "Cosmic Cuttlefish"

Back on the Block

© Lead Image Photo by Kris D'souza on Unsplash

© Lead Image Photo by Kris D'souza on Unsplash

Article from Issue 219/2019

Ubuntu Linux gets back to basics with the Ubuntu 18.10 release – an appealing and practical distro that isn't worried about conquering the world.

Ubuntu is back. The same Ubuntu that I loved back in 2011 before Unity and Gnome 3 happened. Both were great projects, but they broke my workflow, so I moved to openSUSE and Arch Linux with the Plasma desktop.

Much water has flowed under the bridge since then. Canonical's dream of taking over Microsoft (Windows), Google (Android), and Apple (iOS) didn't materialize, and they decided to reduce their focus on the consumer space.

What was supposed to be bad news for Canonical turned out to be good news for open source communities, because Canonical shut down its in-house projects and returned those projects upstream. The controversial Unity desktop went away, and Gnome resumed the throne of being the default desktop environment and shell for the world's most popular Linux distribution.


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