Canonical wants to make Ubuntu 18.04 faster at startup

Canonical’s Ubuntu Desktop manager, Will Cooke, recently released a newsletter that details further developments that should accompany the upcoming release of the Ubuntu Desktop version 18.04 LTS Linux distribution, which is scheduled for official release April 26, 2018.

Recall that “Bionic Beaver” (Beaver Bionique) is the code name of this next version of Ubuntu and that it should benefit from long-term support. The development of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS that started on October 26, 2017 will follow the same pattern as its predecessors: a six-month development cycle with two alpha versions (in January and February 2018) and two beta versions to be released (in March and in April).

Various improvements would have been made in particular at the level of the theme, at the level of the design and at the level of the multimedia functionalities. They should, for example, improve the responsiveness of some Wayland applications to mouse clicks while correcting for bugs that affect them and give the user the ability to increase the volume above 100 %.

In addition to the various enhancements that should affect the GNOME desktop environment, Canonical’s Ubuntu Desktop development team is also looking at the boot speed of the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Canonical developers have planned to use the latest features of the systemd (system daemon) for profiling to identify issues that could slow down the startup of the OS.
Note that the systemd is an initialization system and a daemon that was specifically developed for the Linux kernel to replace the System V. It should provide a better framework for managing dependencies between services, allowing parallel loading services during startup and reduce calls to shell scripts.

“We have begun our investigation of boot speed and are using systemd features to do profiling, which will help us identify bottlenecks and get Bionic up and running as quickly as possible,” said Will Cooke. “We are working on moving the user session to the systemd,” he added.

A fix that allowed the udisks application to hide all virtual devices at the disk manager level and update the LibreOffice Snap component to version 5.4.4 of the office suite was also mentioned by Will Cooke.

Apart from the previously mentioned optimizations, the Canonical team in charge of Ubuntu Desktop development would have detected and corrected a problem that affected the NetworkManager Connectivity Checker package as well as a bug that caused the incorrect alignment of the NetworkManager connectivity checker. title of the windows. A new version of CUPS-Filters (version 1.19.0) that discusses determining the color space and color depth of the CUPS at the PPD generator level and fixes some bugs should also be included in Ubuntu Destop 18.04.

Recall that CUPS (common unix printing system) is an printing system developed by Apple for Mac OS X and UNIX . CUPS-Filters is a package required to use printer drivers with CUPS on Linux. CUPS-Filters provides backends, filters and other software included in the basic CUPS distribution, even if they are no longer managed by the Cupertino company, as well as filters and software developed independently of Apple.

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