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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:
http://releases.ubuntu.com/17.10/ (Ubuntu Desktop and Server)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/releases/17.10/beta-2/ (Less Popular Ubuntu Images)
http://cloud-images.ubuntu.com/daily/server/artful/current/ (Ubuntu Cloud Images)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/netboot/17.10/ (Ubuntu Netboot)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/releases/17.10/beta-2/ (Lubuntu and Lubuntu Alternate)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu-next/releases/17.10/beta-2/ (Lubuntu Next)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-budgie/releases/17.10/beta-2/ (Ubuntu Budgie)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntukylin/releases/17.10/beta-2/ (Ubuntu Kylin)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-mate/releases/17.10/beta-2/ (Ubuntu MATE)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/17.10/beta-2/ (Ubuntu Studio)
As fixes will be included in new images between now and release, any daily cloud image from today or later (i.e. a serial of 20170926 or higher) should be considered a beta image. Bugs found should be filed against the appropriate packages or, failing that, the cloud-images project in Launchpad.
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.
- 32-bit installer images are no longer provided for Ubuntu Desktop.
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.
- Printer configuration is now done with GNOME's on tool: Choose "Devices" and then "Printers". The tool uses the same algorithms for identifying printers and choosing drivers as the formerly used system-config-printer, and makes full use of driverless printing to support as many printers as possible. Note that some options, like printer sharing, are missing. To reach them, click the "Additional Printer Settings ..." button at the end of the list of available print queues and you get good old system-config-printer popping up.
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. Choose the "Ubuntu" session from the cog on the login screen if you would like the default Ubuntu experience.
Install gnome-session and choose "GNOME" from the cog on the login screen if you would 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.
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.
The version was updated to 17.1. Notable new features include:
- Python 3.6 support
- Ec2 support for IPv6 instance configuration
- Expedited boot time through cloud-id optimization
- Support for netplan yaml in cloud-init
- Add cloud-init subcommands collect-logs, analyze and schema for developers
- Apport integration from cloud-init via ‘ubuntu-bug cloud-init’
- Significant unittest and integration test coverage improvements
The version was updated to 0.1.0~bzr519-0ubuntu1. Notable new features include:
- Network configuration passthrough for ubuntu and centos
- More resilient UEFI/grub interaction
- Better support for mdadm arrays
- Ubuntu Core 16 Support
- Improved bcache support
Samba was updated to version 4.6.7.
Noteable changes in the 4.6.x series include:
- Multi-process Netlogon support
- New options for controlling TCP ports used for RPC services
- AD LDAP and replication performance improvements
- DNS improvements
The OS Version for the printing server has been increased to announce Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2 ID mapping checks added to the testparm(1) tool. There are some ID mapping backends which are not allowed to be used for the default backend. Winbind will no longer start if an invalid backend is configured as the default backend.
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)
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)
Mouse & Touchpad settings and behavior will not work right in the Ubuntu desktop if xserver-xorg-input-synaptics is installed. Some desktop environments such as Unity require xserver-xorg-input-synaptics. (1686081)
Users can experience long boot times when there is no network configured or available during boot. (1714301)
The system hangs on boot when the user selects 'Encrypt my home directory' during installation (1670336)
In qemu, the image hangs on boot with the QXL driver (1711358)
There is no input method activated for CJK languages (1719938)
- The Color Emoji feature of GNOME 3.26 is not available in Ubuntu 17.10.
Tracker is not installed by default. When installed, you must log out and log back in for the tracker service to start (1697769)
- Due to a mistake, the Ubuntu MATE i386 images ship with a slightly older kernel (4.13.0-11.12 instead of 4.13.0-12.13) and network-manager (1.8.2-1ubuntu8 instead of 1.8.4-1ubuntu1).
The release notes for the official flavours can be found at the following links:
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