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Ubuntu 17.10 to include support for indicators and notification badges

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Ubuntu 17.10 with support for notification badges

Canonical has revealed that it is upgrading user experience on upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 with native support for indicators and notification badges. The new addition will be part of GNOME Shell 3.26 that will bring an all-new Ubuntu Dock on Canonical’s fresh platform.

Will Cooke, the Ubuntu desktop director at Canonical, has announced that Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) will include the advanced support for Dock extension. This new development will ulitise the existing KStatusNotifier extension to facilitate support for indicators. Further, the latest change will be designed to support libappindicators and fulfill the demand of ex-Unity users who have been looking for notification badges on Ubuntu for a long time.

“We have packaged the KStatusNotifier extension to provide support for indicators. This will provide support for apps which use libappindicators which was removed from GNOME 3.26,” Cook writes in the weekly updates blog.

In addition to the new notification experience, Ubuntu 17.10 is in the pipeline with support for authenticating using PolicyKit has arrived in the snapd master. Users can login to snapd with their credentials on the machine instead of Ubuntu One account. Ubuntu 17.10 will also be using the next-generation Wayland display server by default instead of X11. However, Wayland sessions might not work on PCs with non-hybrid Nvidia GPUs.

The Ubuntu Desktop team is additionally working on to enable the sync between mobile broadband provider info. The kernel team, on the other hand, will continue to work on the video playback performance to reduce the PCU usage.

Final beta due this month

Canonical is set to launch the final beta of the Ubuntu 17.10 on September 28, while its public release would hit in mid-October. In the meantime, some other developments are likely to be revealed officially to promote the new platform.