Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark Expected Features

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Every six months, Canonical releases their latest update to Ubuntu operating system. The latest version, Ubuntu 17.10, is expected to be released on October 19, 2017. The latest release is has been officially named as Artful Aarwark.

As per their release cycle, the October releases are short term upgrades and are supported for nine months. The annual April releases, on the other hand, are supported for five years from the date of release. They are usually termed as LTS releases. In short for “Long Term Support”.

During each release cycle all Ubuntu versions are updated. This includes, the desktop, Server, cloud, IoT among all other varied and specialized versions.

The latest Ubuntu is expected to come with a different desktop environment from what we have been used to for the past six odd years. Instead of the familiar Unity Desktop, we will now have GNOME desktop which is already standard on many releases including Fedora from Redhat.


There is also expected to be a new Server installer in place instead of the current one. We will provide a review of it once we see it in full action later in the year.

Ubuntu is also ditching the traditional X.org display server in favor of Wayland. That would be an interesting and probably a big change. But we shall see how well Wayland sits with the users who have gotten used to X.org.

The release is partitioned into numerous phases as listed below:

  • Alpha 1 for opt-in flavors — June 29th
  • Alpha 2 for opt-in flavors — July 27th
  • Feature Freeze, Debian Import Freeze — August 24th
  • Beta 1 for opt-in flavors — August 31st
  • Final Beta — September 28th
  • Kernel Freeze — October 5th
  • Final Freeze, Release Candidate — October 12th
  • Final Release Ubuntu 17.10 — October 19th

 

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