Official: Ubuntu 17.10 release date

Ubuntu Artful Aardvark Release – 17.10

The Ubuntu team have released the final beta of Ubuntu 17.10 including the Desktop, Server, and Cloud versions, as announced by the Ubuntu team on Friday.

Codenamed “Artful Aardvark”, 17.10. The beta release includes images also for the Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, UbuntuKylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio, and Xubuntu flavours.

Subiquity installer Ubuntu 17.10
The new Subiquity installer for Ubuntu server 17.10. It ain’t pretty, but maybe it works nicer than the old one?

What’s new, Ubuntoo?

  • As we predicted earlier at ULNG, Ubuntu have ditched the Unity desktop for GNOME. It is believed that the latest stable version, version 3.26 will be shipped with a little bit of Ubuntu magic sprinkled into it for good measure.
  • Improved hardware support
  • Wayland display server is now the default, although X.org can still be used.
  • Mesa 17.2 (or Mesa 17.3)
  • Linux kernel 4.13 (possibly kernel 4.14)
  • The Ubuntu server installer has been replaced with a new installer called Subiquity.
  • An always visible dock using Dash to Dock GNOME Shell extension is provided.
  • Bluetooth improvements with a new BlueZ
  • Network Manager has been upgraded to version 1.8
  • GDM is the default Display Manager
  • EXT4 encryption with fscrypt.
  • Window buttons back to the right top corner
  • Better GPU/CUDA support
  • 4K/ HiDPI/Multimonitor improvements
  • Minimal ISO images getting smaller.

What’s going away?

  • Mozilla Thunderbird
    Thunderbird might be going away as the default email client. You can install it later if you want though.

    Mozilla Thunderbird is looking unlikely to be the default email client.

  • Ubuntu GNOME – Generally it makes sense that the Ubuntu GNOME variant of Ubuntu is going away. This effort until now was led by a relatively small bunch of volunteers. Most of the good work they have done has now been merged into the official Ubuntu release which has made.
  • libinput2 has replaced the previous trackpad/input support libraries.

 

When can I grab the goodness?

October 19th is the slated stable release date. Of course, you can download the final Beta, or even the latest daily image now. It will be very similar to the final release.

Download the Final Beta image

(or, Download the latest daily image)

The beta images are known to be reasonably free of showstopper CD build or installer bugs, while representing a very recent snapshot of 17.10 that should be representative of the features intended to ship with the final release expected on October 19th. With that being said, remember the Ubuntu team are still in active development so be sure to familiarize with the currently known issues as listed on the official release notes page. The latest dailys may be more volatile, but will give the bleeding edge

I have Ubuntu 17.04, how do I upgrade rather than overwrite my existing installation?

To upgrade to Ubuntu 17.10 Final Beta from Ubuntu 17.04, follow these instructions:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ArtfulUpgrades

The Ubuntu 17.10 Final Beta images can be downloaded at:

http://releases.ubuntu.com/17.10/ (Ubuntu and Ubuntu Server on x86)

What about the other flavours of Ubuntu?

Additional images can be found at the following links:

http://cloud-images.ubuntu.com/daily/server/artful/current/ (Cloud Images)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/17.10/beta-2/ (Non-x86 Server)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/netboot/17.10/ (Netboot)

As fixes will be included in new images between now and release, any daily cloud image from today or later (i.e. a serial of 20170926 or higher) should be considered a beta image. Bugs found should be filed against the appropriate packages or, failing that, the cloud-images project in Launchpad.

The full release notes for Ubuntu 17.10 Final Beta can be found at:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ArtfulAardvark/ReleaseNotes

Kubuntu:
Kubuntu is the KDE based flavour of Ubuntu. It uses the Plasma desktop and includes a wide selection of tools from the KDE project.

The Final Beta images can be downloaded at:
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/17.10/beta-2/

More information on Kubuntu Final Beta can be found here:
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ArtfulAardvark/Beta2/Kubuntu

Lubuntu:
Lubuntu is a flavor of Ubuntu that targets to be lighter, less resource hungry and more energy-efficient by using lightweight applications and LXDE, The Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment, as its default GUI.

The Final Beta images can be downloaded at:
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/releases/17.10/beta-2/

More information on Lubuntu Final Beta can be found here:
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ArtfulAardvark/Beta2/Lubuntu

Also in this milestone is Lubuntu Next, an experimental flavor of Ubuntu based on LXQt and focused on providing a modern, lightweight, Qt-based distribution.

The Lubuntu Next 17.10 Final Beta images can be downloaded from:
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu-next/releases/17.10/beta-2/

More information about Lubuntu Next 17.10 Alpha 1 can be found here:
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ArtfulAardvark/Beta2/LubuntuNext

Ubuntu Budgie:
Ubuntu Budgie is community developed desktop, integrating Budgie Desktop Environment with Ubuntu at its core.

The Final Beta images can be downloaded at:
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-budgie/releases/17.10/beta-2/

More information on Ubuntu Budgie Final Beta can be found here:
https://ubuntubudgie.org/blog/2017/09/25/17-10-release-notes

UbuntuKylin:
UbuntuKylin is a flavor of Ubuntu that is more suitable for Chinese users.

The Final Beta images can be downloaded at:
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntukylin/releases/17.10/beta-2/

More information on UbuntuKylin Final Beta can be found here:
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ArtfulAardvark/ReleaseNotes/UbuntuKylin

Ubuntu MATE:
Ubuntu MATE is a flavor of Ubuntu featuring the MATE desktop environment.

The Final Beta images can be downloaded at:
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-mate/releases/17.10/beta-2/

More information on UbuntuMATE Final Beta can be found here:
https://ubuntu-mate.org/blog/ubuntu-mate-artful-beta2/

Ubuntu Studio:
Ubuntu Studio is a flavour of Ubuntu that provides a full range of multimedia content creation applications for each key workflows: audio, graphics, video, photography and publishing.

The Final Beta images can be downloaded at:
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/17.10/beta-2/

More information about Ubuntu Studio Final Beta can be found here:
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ArtfulAardvark/Beta2/UbuntuStudio

Xubuntu:
Xubuntu is a flavor of Ubuntu that comes with Xfce, which is a stable, light and configurable desktop environment.

The Final Beta images can be downloaded at:
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/17.10/beta-2/

More inormation about Xubuntu Final Beta can be found here:
http://wiki.xubuntu.org/releases/17.10/release-notes

Regular daily images for Ubuntu, and all flavours, can be found at:
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com

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