Canonical’s Steve Langasek announced on Friday that the upcoming Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) entered the functional freeze and Debian import freeze development phase. Functional freezing is a significant development phase of the GNU/Linux distribution, meaning that developers no longer introduce new features for them, but instead focus on fixing essential bugs and other issues.
Steve Langasek said, “We again have a very busy -proposed with transitions in progress; with 873 packages in cosmic-proposed today, we are even a little behind where we were at this point in the cycle for Bionic. We made good progress on clearing out bionic-proposed before the Bionic release, and with some effort, we can do the same again for Cosmic.”
After the Feature freeze phase, the next stage of Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) is the Beta version. The first Beta version is expected to be available on September 27, 2018.