Brief: This is a continually updated article to tell you about Ubuntu 17.10 release schedule, Ubuntu 17.10 features and other news associated with it.
Stop wondering! Ubuntu 17.10 codename is indirectly revealed. It will be called Artful Aardvark.
Most Ubuntu users, if not all, know the logic behind the codename and versioning of Ubuntu releases. All Ubuntu releases are codenamed with two words, both starting with the same letter.
The first word of the codename is an adjective and the second word is usually an endangered species and sometimes mythical characters.
One more interesting fact is that these code names are in incremental order. So if Ubuntu 16.04 was called Xenial Xerus, the next releases 16.10 was codenamed Yakkety Yak (Y after X).
Last release Ubuntu 17.04 had the codename Zesty Zapus. This left people wondering about the next release’s codename. Quite obviously it had to be something with starting with A as we go back to the beginning of the alphabet.
Ubuntu 17.10 is called Artful Aardvark
A new repository has been created in the same name to begin the development process. So it is safe to say that the codename of Ubuntu 17.10 is Artful Aardvark.
Now let’s take a deeper look at codename. I guess you already know that artful means full of art or skill. However, there are greater chances that you don’t know what Aardvark is. At least I didn’t know it.
As per Wikipedia, Aardvark is a “medium-sized, burrowing, nocturnal mammal native to Africa”. Colloquially, it is called African Ant Eater.
Ubuntu 17.10 Release Schedule
Ubuntu 17.10 release schedule is out now. The final stable version of Ubuntu 17.10 will be released on October 19, 2017. The complete release schedule of Ubuntu 17.10 as follows:
- Alpha 1 — June 29th
- Alpha 2 — July 27th
- Feature Freeze — August 24th
- Beta 1 — August 31st
- Final Beta — September 28th
- Kernel Freeze — October 5th
- Release Candidate — October 12th
- Ubuntu 17.10 final release — October 19th
Ubuntu 17.10 is a short term release and will be supported for nine months. Which means that n July 2018, you must upgrade to a newer version or else you won’t get system updates.
New features in Ubuntu 17.10
Since development on Ubuntu 17.10 has just been started, I’ll keep on updating this article with all the major developments around the upcoming version. So far, here are the changes coming to Ubuntu 17.10:
1. Ubuntu switches to Wayland with 17.10
You already know that Ubuntu has stopped the projects around Ubuntu Phone. This impacts Unity and Mir. While Mir display server might not be discontinued as it will be used for the IoT-related projects, Mir is not going to be used for the desktop version.
2. GNOME by default
Ubuntu 17.10 will be using GNOME as the default desktop environment. Which makes sense if you ask me. Ubuntu 18.04 is a long term support (LTS) release and trying something new on LTS is best avoided.
3. GDM as the default Display Manager
Since GNOME will be the default desktop manager, it should not be surprising if more GNOME stuff makes their way to the default Ubuntu installation. GNOME is an ecosystem in its own and it is really difficult to mix things with it. And that’s the reason why LightDM is being replaced by GDM (GNOME Display Manager):
“We’ve attempted to get the GNOME Shell lock screen running with LightDM and using GNOME Shell as a LightDM Greeter. Which this still seems possible, it’s not easy to patch GNOME Shell as the GDM code is hard to decouple…”
You could still be able to switch between GDM and LightDM though.
4. Windows buttons go back to the right
For years, the Windows control buttons to close, minimize and maximize has stayed on the left side of an application window. This irked a number of users so Ubuntu enabled users to move control buttons back to right.
In Ubuntu 17.10, you’ll find the Windows control buttons on the right side by default.
5. Better support for WiFi Captive Portals
6. Better support for Bluetooth speakers
Until now, using Bluetooth speakers in Ubuntu was somewhat painful because you have to manually change the audio source. Things are changing in Ubuntu 17.10 as it will automatically switch sound output when you plug in a Bluetooth speaker or headset.
I’ll be updating this page with more details about Ubuntu 17.10 features and other development news as they occur. Keep watching this page.