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These release notes for Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) provide an overview of the release and document the known issues with Ubuntu 17.10 and its flavors.
Official flavour release notes
Find the links to release notes for official flavors here.
Get Ubuntu 17.10
Download Ubuntu 17.10
Images can be downloaded from a location near you.
You can download ISOs and flashable images from from:
Upgrading from Ubuntu 17.04
To upgrade on a desktop system:
Open the "Software & Updates" Setting in System Settings.
- Select the 3rd Tab called "Updates".
- Set the "Notify me of a new Ubuntu version" dropdown menu to "For any new version".
- Press Alt+F2 and type in "update-manager -cd" (without the quotes) into the command box.
- Update Manager should open up and tell you: New distribution release '17.10' is available.
- If not you can also use "/usr/lib/ubuntu-release-upgrader/check-new-release-gtk"
- Click Upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions.
To upgrade on a server system:
Install the update-manager-core package if it is not already installed.
Make sure the Prompt line in /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades is set to normal.
Launch the upgrade tool with the command sudo do-release-upgrade -d.
- Follow the on-screen instructions.
Note that the server upgrade will use GNU screen and automatically re-attach in case of dropped connection problems.
Linux kernel 4.13
Ubuntu 17.10 is based on the Linux release series 4.13.
The Ubuntu Desktop now uses GNOME instead of Unity.
On supported systems, Wayland is now the default display server. The older display server is still available: just choose "Ubuntu on Xorg" from the cog on the log in screen.
The Settings app has been redesigned.
System Log has been replaced by Logs, an app to view logs from the systemd journal.
The default on screen keyboard is GNOME's Caribou instead of Onboard.
Simple Scan has a new workflow and design and is now part of core GNOME.
Calendar now supports recurring events.
LibreOffice has been updated to 5.4.
Apps provided by GNOME have been updated to 3.26. For more details about GNOME 3.26, see their Release Notes.
- The Amazon app now loads in the default web browser.
Window control buttons are back on the right for the first time since 2010.
The Ubuntu GNOME flavor has been discontinued. If you are using Ubuntu GNOME, you will be upgraded to Ubuntu. (not implemented yet)
Install gnome-session and choose "GNOME" from the cog on the login screen if you'd like to try a more upstream version of GNOME. If you'd like to also install more core apps, install the vanilla-gnome-desktop metapackage (not available yet).
Qemu has been updated to the 2.10 release.
Among many other changes there is one that might need follow on activity by the user/admin: Image locking is added and enabled by default. This generally makes execution much safer, but can break some old use cases that now explicitly have to opt-in to ignore/share the locks by tools and subcommands using the --force-share option or the share-rw dqev property.
Libvirt has been updated to version 3.6. See the Changelogs for details.
Ubuntu 17.10 includes the latest release of DPDK that has stable updates: 17.05.2.
This made it possible to integrate Open vSwitch 2.8.
Open vSwitch 2.8
Open vSwitch has been updated to 2.8.
Please read the release notes for more detail.
Remember that since version 2.7 you need to specify dpdk devices via dpdk-devargs.
New Bind9 KSK
The DNS server bind9 was updated to include the new Key Signing Key (KSK) that was published on July 11, 2017. Starting on October 11, 2017, that key will sign the root zone key, which in turn is used to sign the actual root zones. For more details, visit:
Existing installations of bind9 should automatically update their anchor keys following RFC 5011, but new installations after the rollover event on October 11th, 2017, will need this new package or have the key updated manually.
As is to be expected, with any release, there are some significant known bugs that users may run into with this release of Ubuntu 17.10. The ones we know about at this point (and some of the workarounds), are documented here so you don't need to spend time reporting these bugs again:
- Bluetooth audio devices cannot be used in the Greeter. This will cause issues for people using the accessibility features such as screenreaders at the login screen. Once logged in everything should work as expected.
Some admin utilities will not work with GNOME on Wayland since the apps have not been adapted to use PolicyKit to only use admin privileges for the specific functions needed. As a workaround, you can use the Ubuntu on Xorg session.
Some users will not be able to log in to GNOME Shell after the upgrade. As a workaround, move ~/.config/monitors.xml somewhere else (1717923)
The Users Settings panel crashes when unlocked (1718793)
Mouse & Touchpad settings and behavior will not work right if xserver-xorg-input-synaptics is installed. Some non-default desktop environment such as Unity require xserver-xorg-input-synaptics. (1686081)
- The Color Emoji feature of GNOME 3.26 is not available in Ubuntu 17.10.
Exiting the live session may get stuck with a "A start job is running for " error. You may need to forcefully power off the computer if you see this. (1706939)
The Dock and Appindicator system extensions appear to be Off in tools like GNOME Tweaks. (They are on but cannot be disabled because they are system extensions for the Ubuntu session.) (1718850)
Users can experience long boot times when there is no network configured or available during boot. (1714301)
The release notes for the official flavours can be found at the following links:
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