Friday, 6 April 2018

Fourth look at Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Beta 2

Canonical have now made available the Beta 2 (Final Beta) of the upcoming Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) release.

I've respun the ISO using my '' script and created ISOs suitable for Intel Atom and Intel Apollo Lake devices:

  • Atom (-i ubuntu-18.04-beta2-desktop-amd64.iso --atom)
  • Apollo (-i ubuntu-18.04-beta2-desktop-amd64.iso --apollo)

The release announcement provides a link to the release notes together with highlighting that "The beta images are known to be reasonably free of showstopper CDbuild or installer bugs, while representing a very recent snapshot of 18.04 that should be representative of the features intended to ship with the final release expected on April 26th, 2018". Note that two of the documented bugs with the ISO include slow booting and issues with reboot.

Please donate if you find the ISOs or script useful using the following link


  1. I tried to respun:
    ./ -i ubuntu-17.10.1-desktop-amd64.iso --atom -k v4.12.12
    but i have a kernel error. After a bit analysis i modify this line of code:

    MAINLINE_INITRD=$(ls -t iso-chroot/boot/initrd* 2> /dev/null | tail -1)

    so i changed head with tail and now the respun is ok.
    Can you fix the shell ? Thanks

    1. It is because you are downgrading the kernel on the ISO that you need 'tail' rather than 'head'. I've now fixed the script to allow both upgrades and downgrades to the kernel. Can you download the script again and test?

    2. I have downloaded the new script and I confirm that it works so bug fixed :) Thanks again. I don't know why for alfawise x5 i need to downgrade the kernel.

    3. If it is related to audio have you tried using the default kernel from the ISO and trying the fix I posted here:

    4. Yes, i tried but no device can manage sound

  2. Hi there!
    First of all... Keep up the good work!! And thanks for the script!
    Gonna try this one... Haven't been able to work WiFi, Touch or audio on my Atom device and can't figure out why... :(
    Thing is... I have an obsolete distro based on ubuntu that works... but is pretty limited and I don't like it.
    I'll keep trying though, thanks again.

  3. Hi

    Tried on teclast x98 pro.
    could manage to install then boot.
    Wifi OK.
    But touchscreen is inverted.
    usb works during live install, but no more after reboot.
    Battery indicator seems to work.

    Very hard to do anything without keyboard and inverted touch screen. I could manage to upgrade the packages and reboot. But still the same.
    I have network access, but don't have openssh.

    What version should I install for x98 pro? (with everything working)


    1. Have you tried using the 'xrandr' command for screen rotation (see the 'Rotation issues' section in my documentation)?

  4. Hi!

    I tried this out on an Acer Switch 3. Overall, it works pretty much perfectly, except the touchpad doesn't work at all. Keep up the good work!

    1. There are some touchpad patches coming soon upstream so hopefully it won't be too long before it is fixed.

  5. Hello Linuxium

    First of all, thank you for this great job you do here!

    I'm trying to install Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Beta 2 on my notebook (Atom Z3735F) using your respin.

    I can start live version, wifi OK (sound, video, SD card not yet tested).
    After I install it to my notebook, the OS starts OK but after login it goes to sleep after about 10 seconds of running. If i press Power button, I can log in again but after 10 second, it goes again to sleep.

    Can you help me?

    This is my pastebin

    Thank you very much!

    1. Can you make sure your 'Secure Boot' setting is disabled in the BIOS and also disable TPM if possible. And if you have the ability to change the 'OS Selection' setting in tbe BIOS can you set to Linux or similar?

    2. I disabled TPM, now I can't start the device anymore. Power led is on + blank screen.

      Any idea how can I go back?


    3. Just go back into the BIOS and enable TPM again. Hit F7 (or whatever key accesses your BIOS) immediately after power-on.

    4. Blank screen+power led on. I can't go anywhere. I sent the notebook to service.
      I've read that is a common error for Atom bios.