These release notes for Kubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) provide an overview of the release and document the known issues with Kubuntu 17.10.
Kubuntu 17.10 will be supported for 9 months.
Designed to be a Breeze, Plasma 5.10 is simple by default, powerful when needed
Plasma 5, the new generation of KDE's desktop has been developed to make it smoother to use while retaining the familiar setup. The latest bugfix release 5.10.5 of the Plasma 5.10 series is the default in this version of Kubuntu.
KDE Applications 17.04.3
Kubuntu comes with KDE Applications 17.04.3 containing all your favorite apps from KDE. This is the 17.04.3 update with bugfixes and translation updates. Most applications have been ported to KDE Frameworks 5 but those which aren't should fit in seamlessly.
- VLC now replaces Dragonplayer as our default media player.
- Muon package manager is now shipped by default once again, as an alternative to Plasma Discover.
- KTorrent has been updated to version 5.1, built against the new Qt 5.9.1 release.
Cantata Qt5 music player replaces the unmaintained KDE4 based Amarok as our default for this release. Please test this change. This is a Music Player Daemon frontend, so configuration & usage may be unfamiliar. Most users will want to select the 'basic single user setup' in the first run wizard.
- Telepathy instant messaging client has been dropped from our defaults as it is no longer maintained upstream, and it has numerous issues. This is still available in the archive to install.
- Many other updated applications, such as new versions of Krita, Digikam, Kdevelop.....
Getting Kubuntu 17.10
Upgrading from 16.10
Download a Disk Image
To upgrade to Kubuntu 17.10 from 17.04:
Incompatibility with BIOS in certain Lenovo, Acer systems
A bug in the original Linux 4.13 kernel shipped in Kubuntu (and Ubuntu and other flavours) 17.10 can leave users unable to update any of their BIOS settings, including their system’s boot order, after booting this version of Ubuntu.
Re-issued Kubuntu 17.10.1 installer images now contain a kernel update resolving this bug, and should be now be used.
Updated ISOs can be found at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/17.10.1/release/
A full list of known affected models can be found in 1734147.
If you have already installed Kubuntu 17.10 on an affected system before the release of the ISOs or updated kernel, you may not immediately notice this problem because Kubuntu will continue to boot from disk. To verify whether your system has been affected by this bug, create a USB stick with the Kubuntu 16.04 desktop image and try to boot it. If you are able to boot it, your system has most likely not been impacted by this bug.
pulseaudio - devices not showing/pulseaudio crash
(1720519) KDE/Kubuntu: pulseaudio module "module-switch-on-connect" should be loaded once at most. Refusing to load
(1716092) Enabling Auto switching streams on new active output causes pulseaudio to crash
editing /etc/pulse/default.pa and commenting the last 3 lines:
#.ifexists module-switch-on-connect.so #load-module module-switch-on-connect #.endif
seems to solve the issue in some cases.
Other bugs tagged Kubuntu 17.10
(1706859) Auto-selected keyboard layout no longer matches chosen region on "Where are you" page
(1447144) oem-config forgets to update /etc/sddm.conf
(1442512) Apport-kde crash when reporting bugs
(1449265) accounts kcm can not change user's password because kdepasswd is missing
(1451728) kde-config-telepathy-accounts package install error
(1514491) kubuntu desktop inconsistency and integration issues: scrollbars. gtk3 button placement also not integrated
(1561745) OEM config fails to remove itself
(1638473) Blank screen after running oem-config
Development of Kubuntu 17.10, Artful Aardvark, is ongoing and bugs are fixed every day. Before reporting bugs, please ensure your system is up to date. For verifying installation related bugs, updated disk images are available from Daily bootable images for standard PCs and laptops.