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Ubuntu 18.04 is almost here.

Post by exploder » Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:24 pm

The new LTS release is upon us and despite some people complaining there are some really great features! The kernel patching without rebooting came in yesterday! It is offered as a service and only takes a couple seconds to set up. I have wanted to see how this works ever since it was announced and now I will get to try it first hand.

Gnome Shell, love it of hate it, I happen to like the way it looks with the Ubuntu theme and colors. I watched a demonstration of the new community theme, what is done looks nice but it is no where near complete yet. The decision to keep some 3.26 elements so desktop shortcuts remain working was a nice thing to do for those that like that kind of work flow.

Wayland session works great for many of us! I have been running a wayland session on my laptop and desktop for quite a while now with no problems. I did create a startup item so Synaptic would work but that is really easy to do.

The inclusion of Snaps is interesting too! Snaps add an extra layer of security and the commands for them are real easy to remember. I know some argue witch is better, snaps or flatpack but for me that does not take away from the fact that it is interesting technology and we will see a lot more of it in the future.

Weather you run strait Ubuntu or use it as a base there are a lot of good things waiting for you!

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Re: Ubuntu 18.04 is almost here.

Post by KBD47 » Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:27 pm

They are dealing with memory leak issues on Gnome right now. Not sure if they will have it fixed before Ubuntu 18.04 release. Fedora has the same issue. I have tried to like Gnome, and it has some good points, but almost from the start of the 3.0 release it has been a hot mess.

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Re: Ubuntu 18.04 is almost here.

Post by exploder » Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:44 pm

The memory leak is being worked on. A solution will arrive, hopefully in the near future. I notice the leak on my systems but it takes a long time for it to use up very much memory and really has not been a problem for me. Both systems I am using have 8 GB of RAM. If I only had 2 GB it would be a problem. As far as liking Gnome, it kept me on a computer with the 3.4 release when I had my last eye surgery. Gnome has the best accessibility features on the planet!

For me it is nice to know those accessibility features are there should I ever need them again. I like most every DE and window manager anyway, they all have their good points. I do have to credit my oldest daughter for my interest in the way Ubuntu presents Gnome Shell. She used one of my computers a few years ago and told me what a pleasure it was to use with the launcher on the left and how much it felt like using her MacBook Pro.

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Re: Ubuntu 18.04 is almost here.

Post by kc1di » Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:08 pm

I too have tried the beta and Like it. But the memory leak is a very real problem with my hardware, though there is a manual work around, you have to remember to it ever 30 mins or so or things begin to slow to a crawl on my hardware anyway. Still don't think wayland is really ready for prime time and a lot of software and some hardware still does not work well or at all with it.
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The Kubuntu version if you like KDE does not suffer the memory leak. and is quite good and stable, but did not try it with wayland.
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Re: Ubuntu 18.04 is almost here.

Post by exploder » Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:25 pm

The Kubuntu version if you like KDE does not suffer the memory leak. and is quite good and stable, but did not try it with wayland.
I tried Kubuntu on my laptop, wayland worked with it but there were a lot of quirks. On Gnome wayland has been usable on a daily basis on both machines. Both are using AMD graphics.
Edit: Kubuntu does work very well with the xserver session. :)

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Re: Ubuntu 18.04 is almost here.

Post by exploder » Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:04 am

Looks like the memory leak will be taken care of.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/canonica ... 0751.shtml

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Re: Ubuntu 18.04 is almost here.

Post by Lucap » Sat May 05, 2018 4:19 am

And there was me thinking all this time that the slow down after a few hours was Firefox Quantum. :roll:

Seriously impressed now with the speed and look of 18.04 and it's not chewing through resources like 17.10.

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Re: Ubuntu 18.04 is almost here.

Post by kc1di » Sat May 05, 2018 8:22 am

Lucap wrote:
Sat May 05, 2018 4:19 am
And there was me thinking all this time that the slow down after a few hours was Firefox Quantum. :roll:

Seriously impressed now with the speed and look of 18.04 and it's not chewing through resources like 17.10.
Just think how much better it will be in Mint 19.x :)
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Re: Ubuntu 18.04 is almost here.

Post by Lucap » Sat May 12, 2018 6:23 am

Has anyone installed 18.04 with a swap partition , Does it automatically disable the swap space file in Root or do you end up with a reference to both?

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Re: Ubuntu 18.04 is almost here.

Post by catweazel » Sat May 12, 2018 6:33 am

Lucap wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 6:23 am
Has anyone installed 18.04 with a swap partition , Does it automatically disable the swap space file in Root or do you end up with a reference to both?
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Re: Ubuntu 18.04 is almost here.

Post by kc1di » Sat May 12, 2018 6:35 am

Swap spaced worked fine on my Kubuntu 18.04 install.
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Re: Ubuntu 18.04 is almost here.

Post by catweazel » Sat May 12, 2018 6:41 am

kc1di wrote:
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Re: Ubuntu 18.04 is almost here.

Post by JeremyB » Sat May 12, 2018 6:47 am

I am not sure what happens as I switched to a swap file before I switched to Ubuntu 18

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Re: Ubuntu 18.04 is almost here.

Post by Marziano » Sat May 12, 2018 6:52 am

Lucap wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 6:23 am
Has anyone installed 18.04 with a swap partition , Does it automatically disable the swap space file in Root or do you end up with a reference to both?
I got a swap partition shared by Linux OS:s installed on my drive among which Ubuntu 18.04 (MATE). Apparently dphys-swapfile has not been installed in Ubuntu at the time of installing:

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~$ apt-cache policy dphys-swapfile 
dphys-swapfile:
  Installed: (none)
  Candidate: 20100506-3
  Version table:
     20100506-3 500
        500 http://se.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic/universe amd64 Packages
        500 http://se.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic/universe i386 Packages
Ubuntu seems to give precedence to an existing swap partition. It seems to be the case here anyway:

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~$ swapon --summary
Filename				Type		Size	Used	Priority
/dev/mmcblk0p2                         	partition	2096124	380	-2

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Partition: ID-1: / size: 30G used: 8.7G (32%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda4
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 2.15GB used: 0.00GB (0%)
           fs: swap dev: /dev/mmcblk0p2
I suppose that's one of the ironies of life, doing the wrong thing at the right moment -C.C.

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Re: Ubuntu 18.04 is almost here.

Post by Lucap » Sat May 12, 2018 6:56 am

For those that are wondering what swap space is.

Ubuntu 17.04 Swaps Swap Partitions for Swap Files
https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2016/12/ubu ... swap-files


Thanks JeremyB and Marziano

FSprotect is a complete pain as it wants to see the old style fixed swap partition and i didn't want to end up with both so it sounds like i can just setup a fixed partition during install to stop it complaining.

Thanks

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Re: Ubuntu 18.04 is almost here.

Post by karlchen » Sat May 12, 2018 7:04 am

What you, Marziano, explain in your post seems to be confirmed by what I see here on my Xubuntu 18.04, too.
This system is triple boot:
The 2 old systems, Mint 17.2 and 18.1, both use the same swap device /dev/sda3.
The Xubuntu 18.04 installer did not install dphys-swapfile here, either, and re-used the existing swap device on /dev/sda3.

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System:    Host: paulchen Kernel: 4.15.0-20-generic i686 bits: 32 gcc: 7.3.0 Desktop: Xfce 4.12.3 (Gtk 2.24.31)
           Distro: Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
[...]
Partition: ID-1: / size: 69G used: 5.0G (8%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 2.15GB used: 0.02GB (1%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda3
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Re: Ubuntu 18.04 is almost here.

Post by kc1di » Sat May 12, 2018 7:11 am

Yes that is true here also I had a swap partition on the drive and ubuntu 18.04 and Kubuntu 18.04 did not create a swap file in root.
So I'm guessing if you use the standard install and tell it to use the whole disk that the swap file is created instead of swap partition.

But I always have made a swap partition on my drives So I can use it across multiple distros if needed.
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Re: Ubuntu 18.04 is almost here.

Post by Lucap » Sat May 12, 2018 7:16 am

Thanks Both.

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Re: Ubuntu 18.04 is almost here.

Post by Lucap » Tue May 15, 2018 5:17 am

Ubuntu 18.10 Planning For GS Connect, Allowing Phone Integration With The Desktop

https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page= ... GS-Connect

Just when i was giving praise for the latest Ubuntu and the way it's developing they have to go and spoil it. :P

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Re: Ubuntu 18.04 is almost here.

Post by tdockery97 » Tue May 15, 2018 8:03 am

Using Ubuntu 18.04 with the Unity 7 desktop installed, and I've got to say it is a treat...equal to Mint in stability.
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