Development is officially underway on Ubuntu 23.04 ‘Lunar Lobster’, the next interim release of Ubuntu.
Having revealed the codename, configured the repos, and primed the essential foundations, developers had made the first daily builds of Ubuntu 23.04 available to download.
Daily builds are (as their name says) snapshot images produced daily While intended for testing and development purposes there’s nothing to stop people from running daily builds as their main OS (I do, but ssh).
And since these are live, bootable images, they provide offer a relatively low-risk way for interested folks to check in on the state of development during the course of the 23.04 development cycle.
Now, this article is written on November 24, meaning development is only just starting. As such, there aren’t any “new features” to poke, probe, or play with in these daily builds — not yet. This early phase of development is spent syncing imports, updating tooling, and plumbing in the requisite tech on which the shiny new stuff can sit.
Download Ubuntu 23.04 Daily Build
Ubuntu 23.04 daily builds are in flux, and do not represent the final, finished, or bug-free experience. Don’t install Ubuntu 23.04 daily builds as your primary OS, unless it’s on a separate partition, a dedicated dev device, or (ideally) a virtual machine. Make frequent backups of important files and settings while using it, too.
If you’re of a technical mind (and weather occasional breakages like a pro) you can install the daily build and keep installing updates as and when they arrive. By April 2023 you’ll have the final, stable release.
Daily build quality varies day-to-day so always ensure that when you download a daily build you download the latest “current” build and not a “pending” version.
All of that caution out of the way you can head on over to the Ubuntu image server to download a copy of Ubuntu 23.04
.iso to get started with!