Canonical has released the final beta of Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark). Users can get their first-hand experience on the new Ubuntu version that is set to be released on October 19.
You can download and install the 64-bit ISO of the Ubuntu 17.10 final beta version from Canonical’s site. All the flavours of Ubuntu, including Budgie, Lubuntu, Kubuntu, Kylin and Xubuntu, are also available for download.
Ubuntu 17.10 is by far the most advanced desktop environment by Canonical. The distro will be powered by latest GNOME 3.26. For the very first time, Canonical is releasing Ubuntu without Unity. However, the development team has highly customised the widely used GNOME 3.26 UI to resemble the look and feel of Unity.
The distro features Wayland as a default option of display server. There is an also option to choose Xorg from the login screen of Ubuntu. Furthermore, LightDM is now replaced by GNOME’s GDM (GNOME Display Manager). The distro is powered by the latest Linux kernel 4.13. There are also certain visual changes that Canonical introduced in this beta release.
Canonical has changed the position of window control buttons to the right side. There is a big improvement that will change the way Ubuntu looks and feels on your workstation. Canonical has updated the control panel with modern design and added a list of default bundled apps. Besides, the company has packaged LibreOffice 5.4 office suite.