1Ubuntu Drops Unity for GNOME in Artful Aardvark Release
Ever since the Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal release in 2011, Ubuntu Linux has had its own desktop environment known as Unity. With the new Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark Linux distribution set for general availability on Oct.19, Unity is no more, instead being replaced by the GNOME desktop environment that has long been the default for many of Ubuntu’s commercial rivals. Along with GNOME have come some other user-facing changes to Ubuntu, including new applications such as Logs for system logs. In addition, with the shift to GNOME, Ubuntu has also shifted its dialog window controls (minimize, maximize and close) from the left to the right of the window. In this slide show, eWEEK looks at some of the highlights of Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark.
2GNOME Is Now the Default Desktop
3Window Control Shifts Right
4New Logs App Debuts
5Popular Applications Remain in Place
6Wayland Is the Default Display Manager
7Goodbye 32-Bit Desktops
8Powered by Linux 4.13
9Ubuntu 17.10 Is a Short Term Support Release
Ubuntu 17.10 will be supported for nine months—until July 2018. For those users who require longer term support, Ubuntu recommends its 16.04 LTS (Long Term Support) release.