So, let’s go! The first daily images of the Ubuntu 17.10 build are already available for download.
Previously, Ubuntu 17.10, which goes by the code name ‘ Artful Aardvark’, became open for development.
This cycle promises to be very extensive for Ubuntu developers and Canonical engineers. No doubt it will also be incredibly important to them ahead of the next LTS next year.
Daily builds will be released every day (wow!), the entire duration of the development cycle, that is, six months. At different “Snapshot” intervals, the build will be upgraded to alpha, beta, or release candidate status.
The official release schedule for Ubuntu 17.10 says that we can expect the final, stable version of Artful Aardvark sometime around October 13, 2017.
What to expect from Ubuntu 17.10
All in order: at such an early stage of development, you should not expect any incredible difference between the versions of Ubuntu 17.04 and 17.10. The situation will undoubtedly change in a few months.
The default desktop environment in Ubuntu 17.10 will now be Gnome. Unity 7 will be available in the main repository, but it will no longer be available on the disk image. Thus, for the first time in six years, Ubuntu will mark the use of GNOME by default.
Unity 8 and other packages related to Ubuntu will most likely be removed from the archives in the coming week (note: the date of writing the original article 26.04.2017).
In addition to the traditional Xorg, Ubuntu 17.10 will be able to offer Wayland.
It remains to be decided whether Artful will use LightDM as a display manager (with perhaps a more extensive front-end) or switch to GDM, which uses the upcoming GNOME. The latter lacks a few rather pleasant features of the previous one – for example, there is no remote desktop and guest profiles.
Similarly, it has not yet been decided whether Ubuntu 17.10 will be distributed with GNOME 3.26, according to the release of this September. With this version of GNOME, they promise to add several important improvements (such as non-integer HiDPL calculations, a modern framework for sharing, etc.), so let’s hope that they will.
You will need to do a lot to install GNOME on Ubuntu. They are still considering whether to keep patched versions of certain applications, because this way they can work better with Unity, etc.
Ubuntu developers are carefully trying to make Ubuntu 17.10 Alpha 2 the starting point for the transition from Unity to Gnome.
Download the daily builds of Ubuntu 17.10
You can download the latest build of Ubuntu 17.10 from the official Ubuntu image server.
Please do not forget that the daily builds of Ubuntu are formed for testing purposes, so they should not be installed by those who want to work with a stable version. At such an early development cycle, this warning is doubly relevant.