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Ubuntu 17.10: Hands-on with Artful Aardvark

Ubuntu 17.10, Artful Aardvark, has now been strictly released. we have not been many of an Ubuntu fan for a prolonged time now, though this recover includes a lot of poignant changes, many of that competence residence some of my many critical objections about Ubuntu. So we consider we should take a closer demeanour during it than we routinely do.

The release announcement mentions a vital updates and changes – including a biggest of all, a switch from Unity behind to Gnome 3 / Gnome Shell for a desktop. As we have not favourite Unity from a unequivocally initial time we saw it (that’s a respectful approach to word it), we am very, unequivocally gratified with this change.

The release notes (for all versions) give a some-more finish list of packages updated, and a list of famous issues. It also includes a matter that we know some users will not be gratified with:

  • 32-bit installer images are no longer supposing for Ubuntu Desktop

What it doesn’t privately contend is that during slightest for now, it will be probable to ascent existent 32-bit installations in a normal way. Also, if we review between a lines a bit, and check a download images, we will find that there is still a 32-bit installer for many of a Ubuntu flavors, including Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu and Ubuntu MATE, so we can still implement a new 32-bit complement with one of those, and if we get unequivocally hapless (or ambitious) there is still a 32-bit Ubuntu Server version, so we could build your possess desktop on that.

As common with Ubuntu, we can possibly implement a new recover from scratch, or we can ascent an existent Ubuntu complement to a new release. we have finished both of these on several systems around here, and found that they both work utterly well.


To ascent an existent Ubuntu system, we contingency initial make certain that all of a latest updates have been installed. To do that, usually run a Software Updater. If there are updates that need to be commissioned it will warn you, and ask for accede to implement them.


When we run a Software Updater again after a updates have been installed, it will tell we that a new recover is available. Click on Upgrade and you’re on a way!


The ascent routine afterwards asks we to endorse that we wish to upgrade, that seems a bit surplus to me given we got there by observant we wanted to upgrade…


The ascent application afterwards scans your system, determines what needs to be done, and asks we one some-more time if we are really, unequivocally certain that we wish to upgrade. This is starting to feel like a Department of Redundancy Department.

On all of a systems we have finished so distant there were about 1,500 packages with a sum of about 1GB to download.


The finish process, including downloading and installing packages and stealing archaic package, takes about 30 minutes. When it is done, it will ask for acknowledgment to reboot. Thankfully it usually asks once.


Click Restart Now and when a complement comes behind up, we will be regulating Ubuntu 17.10!

If we confirm to implement Ubuntu 17.10 from scratch, rather than ascent an existent system, we cat get a designation picture from a Ubuntu Desktop Download page. we am utterly astounded that a download page, a recover proclamation and a recover records all make no discuss of checksums or GPG signatures. Have we unequivocally spin so restored already?

Anyway, a checksum files and GPG signatures are available, though we have to go directly to a download server to find them, such as

Once we have downloaded a ISO image, and accurate a checksum and GPG signature, we can possibly dump it to a USB hang or bake it to a DVD. Then foot that, and select Install Ubuntu. we have walked by a Ubuntu installer utterly a few times in prior posts, so we am not going to repeat all of that here.

I have commissioned from blemish on both UEFI and Legacy Boot systems, and on all from my Acer All-in-One desktop complement down to a tiny Samsung N150 Plus, with positively no difficulty during all. The N150 Plus is terribly delayed regulating this release, though during slightest it does implement and work properly. Ubiquity is not my favorite Linux installer, by a prolonged shot, though it works good with a smallest of fuss. The designation routine usually took about 10-15 minutes, that is about half a time that a ascent took.

When we reboot after installing (or upgrading), we will see a new Ubuntu desktop:


They have apparently put some bid into creation a new Gnome 3 / Gnome Shell desktop demeanour roughly a same as a aged Unity desktop. They have enclosed a Dash to Dock extension, and configured it so that it vaguely resembles a Unity launcher. Fortunately they do not seem to have attempted to imitate a weird flopping about of icons in a Unity launcher.

By a way, take a tighten demeanour during a pretension bar on that About Ubuntu window! The window controls have changed behind where they belong, on a right end! Hooray! Something like 5 or 6 years ago Ubuntu took what we deliberate to be a initial step on a wrong trail by arbitrarily relocating a controls to a wrong side (left) of a window pretension bar, claiming that they were creation room for “windicators”. Of course, windicators never came along, and a controls were after changed off a window entirely, going adult onto a tip row – that was an even worse suspicion in my opinion. So we am unequivocally gratified to see them behind where they belong.


I beheld that a new Dock was bound in place, and we would unequivocally many cite for it to autohide and giveaway adult some desktop space. Not meaningful accurately how to change that, we went to Activites and searched for Settings, and strike a jackpot. The settings application is a cornucopia of controls and information! Under a Dock choice we can capacitate autohide, set a Dock to a left, right or bottom of a screen, and even set a distance of a Dock icons, that afterwards sets a distance of a Dock itself. Nice.

Note: This was on a complement where we done a uninformed installation. we subsequently found that a Settings idol was already enclosed on a Dock of a complement that we upgraded. we assume that this was some arrange of carry-over from a Unity launcher that was already on there.

Note: we also detected that we can get to this Settings application by clicking a right finish of a tip panel, and afterwards selecting a apparatus idol during a bottom left of a drop-down window.

Another poignant exasperation – nonetheless we chose English for a designation denunciation on a unequivocally initial screen, and a whole designation dialog was in fact in English, a commissioned complement was indeed in German! we assume this happened given we chose a Swiss German keyboard. Bleah.

While we was operative on this post, we got a notice that a wireless printer had been successfully configured. we hadn’t even suspicion about perplexing to set adult a printer yet, so that was a unequivocally good warn – and a good thing to indicate out to those who are still going around rising 5+ years out of date information about how formidable it is to use printers with Linux.

Finally, a bit about a essence of a new release. The Linux heart is updated to 4.13.x, that is a respectably new version. Those with a good believe of Linux heart versions will comprehend that 4.13 is not an LTS (Long Term Support) release. By a time Ubuntu 18.04 LTS comes out a heart array 4.14 should be out and stable, and it should also be an LTS release, so that will compare adult nicely.

Perhaps a biggest change in a Ubuntu internals is that this recover is regulating a Wayland arrangement manager by default, rather than Xorg (insert your favorite needle about Mir and a Ubuntu NIH syndrome here…). As we pronounced above, we have not had any difficulty installing this on a accumulation of systems, both vast and small, so we don’t consider this is drum to be an emanate for many people. If we consider that Wayland is causing a problem on your system, we can change behind to Xorg by clicking a event preference idol on a login shade (it looks like a rigging usually underneath a cue submit box). Choose Ubuntu on Xorg and afterwards Sign In.

Other applications enclosed are flattering many a same as always with Ubuntu – Firefox, Thunderbird, Libre Office, Shotwell, Rhythbox and such. They still do not embody GIMP in a bottom distribution, that we consider is unfortunate, though it is easy adequate to implement regulating a Ubuntu Software utility.

One final comparatively teenager complaint. There doesn’t seem to be an Ubuntu MATE 17.10 recover for a Raspberry Pi. we know this is not a large deal, though we also know from a comments we have seen in a Ubuntu Mate blog, and other places online, that there has been some poignant seductiveness in this as an choice to Raspbian. we would unequivocally like to see an updated chronicle of it – though given a usually chronicle that is now accessible is 16.04.2 LTS, maybe they are usually formulation to do LTS releases for a Pi, and not deposit a time and bid to lane each Ubuntu release. we wish it is during slightest that, and not that a Ubuntu MATE Raspberry Pi plan is dead.


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