The recent bi-weekly report of Canonical suggests Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) to feature Linux kernel 4.13. Notably, the development of Linux 4.13 is yet to begin.
“We intend to target a 4.13 kernel for the Ubuntu 17.10 release,” the Ubuntu team writes in a blog post.
Apart from the new Linux update, there have not been any major feature announcements for Ubuntu 17.10. However, Ubuntu engineers have confirmed the presence of GNOME desktop environment on the upcoming Ubuntu distro.
The newsletter also reveals that Canonical will freeze the kernel for Ubuntu 17.10 on October 5. But it will go live for download starting October 19.
Daily build ISOs with kernel 4.10
The team is presently shipping Ubuntu 17.10 daily build ISOs with Linux kernel 4.10 packages. However, once you install the build, the kernel packages can be upgraded to Linux kernel 4.11. The team recently released the version based on upstream Linux kernel 4.11.4.
While the arrival of the kernel 4.13 is yet to be decided, the Ubuntu team is currently testing the latest release candidates of Linux kernel 4.12. The new kernel support brings ZFS and VirualBox.
You can expect the first alpha release of Ubuntu 17.10 on June 29. It will be a short-lived version with support for nine months, until July 2018.